Saturday, March 8, 2008

There are knitters and there are crocheters....

I started knitting to relax and have fun. Which is good, because thusfar I haven't finished many WIPs. I actually just enjoy the process right now. I think once I get better at knitting and expand my skills set, I will finish more things. But right now, I am just content to knit rectangular objects and improve.

A friend was telling me how incredibly fast crochet was and I should try it... I thought, how hard could crochet be? I got me some hooks and yarn; curled up with NexStitch; and began my foundation chain. Okay, crochet is NOT simple if you don't know how to do it. I somehow decrease in every row. My foundation chain is noticeably looser than the rest of my piece. I'm beginning to wonder if there are knitters and there are crocheters and one can learn the other but has a definite afinity/talent for one over the other.

I mean, I want to like crochet. I want to learn to sc, dc, hdc, et cetera! But the odds were not in my favor today. (The crochet gods are laughing at me!)

Tunisian Crochet peaks my interest as well. I even thought I would try that. But once again, there was a problen with my work: this time my left hand edge is loose and sloppy looking. But I will say that I really like the woven look of Tunisian Crochet. ('Would love to see a project using Tunisian Crochet [Afghan Stitch] with tweed yarn!!) And as a knitter I can fully appreciate carrying stitches on the hook.

I was hoping that today's blizzard would facilitate my learning crochet or at the very least foster my excitement for the needle craft. Instead, I have a headache and about 20 swatches of very odd shaped crochet-like things...

Tomorrow will be another day to try. I might as well enjoy being snowed in!!



  1. I remember my sister visiting, and she was crocheting a holey pattern with fat wool and I was knitting ribbing for a baby jumper. Very, very frustrating to see how our work compared each hour!

    But I can't seem to get the hang of crochet either...

  2. It took me FOREVER to learn how to crochet! At first, I absolutely hated it. I couldn't get it - at all so I figured I was just going to stick to knitting. Then I decided that I WILL learn to crochet darnit!! So I got "Crochet for Dummies" and worked through it and worked through it until I got it. And I did! And absolutely, crochet is much faster than knitting and if you drop a stitch or have to rip back it's no big deal - very easy. So now I can do both - YAY!

  3. alrischa - We WILL learn this as the Knit Witch did! I am going to pick up a copy of "Crochet for Dummies" and push through. Hopefully, I'll be crocheting in no time. Knitwitch - you have inspired me to keep trying!! :)

  4. I was a crocheter first, and I am just learning to knit. I have been crocheting for about 25 years and I think that it is easier than knitting, so I wonder if you are right? Are there knitters and crocheters who can't cross over???


  5. I can give you a few pointers based on what you said were problem areas in your crocheting.

    The row decrease is most likely because you aren't crocheting in the last turning stitch. Sometimes it looks like you are at the end of the row, but you actually have one more stitch to go. Try adding a stitch at the end of the rows and see if that eliminates your decrease.

    Crocheting well is all about learning the correct tension. Most of the time people have a foundation chain that's too tight. A looser chain is easier to fix the next time around than a tight one. Also the weight of your yarn makes a big difference in crocheting. Also try switching hook sizes. You may find that a smaller or larger hook gives you better control and allows your stitches to be more even. My suggestion.....practice makes perfect here. Keep trying, you'll get it.

    There are those of us (ok I'm talking about me) who do crochet and knit. I am really just getting hooked on knitting (what an oxymoron!). Yes some people have a better knack at it than others, but I feel like you can learn anything you put your mind too.

    I hope my little tips can help you out some....


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