Sunday, December 26, 2010

Closet Hooker?

Okay, so I've noticed on many knitting and crochet forums there seems to be tension between knitters and crocheters.  What I'm feeling is that some crocheters feel knitters have an air of superiority.  While some knitters feel crocheters unfairly criticize knitters.  I could go on and on about all of the stereotypes between the two fiber factions.  And I've noticed that some boards get a little heated in discussion and debate.  There's gonna be a rumble tonight.. 


As a knitter and newbie crocheter: I have to say that the reason I did not pick up a hook first was simply because every pattern I'd been exposed to (albeit pamphlets and patterns circa 1950) were of granny squares and kitschy toilet paper roll cosies.  So when I wanted to learn to create fabric with yarn, I thought that crochet was not exactly for me.. Or perhaps even that crochet was for grannies who made doilies.

Fast Forward 5 yrs later and I'm finally appreciating the beauty and versatility of crochet.  With the advent of Ravelry, Crochet Me, and uber talented designers: Robyn Chachula, Drew Emborsky, Maggie Pace, Lily Chin, Doris Chan, Shannon Mullet-Bowlsby, Kristin Omdahl, and SO many more that I cannot possibly hope to list them all here, I've come to realize that granny squares (which have now grown on me, I must admit) are not the end all, be all of crochet.  Infact, I recently subscribed to Interweave Crochet in order to get the skinny on what all of the cool kids are crocheting.  I received my first issue, Winter 2010, this week and am BLOWN AWAY!


The designs in this mag are not boxy, crude patterns, but artistic and flowing - something I did not expect. Not that I expected them to be crude, per se - I just never knew how elegant crochet fabric could be.  I have already tapped three patterns to grace my project queue:

Belcarra Cardigan by Robyn Chachula  



Can I just say, GORGEOUS?!  Are you drooling yet?!  Never been on the Chain Gang?  Utterly NEW to crochet?  No worries!  Pop on over to these sites for some serious crochet tutelage:

Or pop on over to these amazing blogs for some crochet inspiration:
Knitters - get hooked on crochet!  It's full of fibery goodness!!  I think you'll learn what I have: it's a fun, versatile, and a terrific craft.  Crochet is relaxing and works up so quickly.  And as you can see, crochet can be fluid, architectural, or fun and funky.  Give it a whirl!  After all, whether you knit, crochet, spin, weave, or participate in ANY fiber art - it's the fiber, the fun, and the creative process that makes it worthwhile.  :)

Disclosure: KnitPurlGurl was not compensated to endorse Interweave Crochet or any of the various blogs, websites, or designers listed in this post.  All opinions are of the blog author's and may not necessarily reflect those of Interweave Press or any of the blogs, websites, or designers listed.



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10 comments:

  1. Great post! :) I'd love to learn how to knit, but at least I know how to crochet simple things.

    ~Kim

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  2. I understand what you mean. I never could figure out the animosity between some knitters and crocheters (I started with crochet and I have been doing both for years). I like both and I think others will too if they give both a chance.

    Thanks for the Interweave Crochet pictures. They're great and I'll have to get this issue.

    Happy stitching!
    Teresa

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  3. Thanks for the blog and the links. I just spent my new Joann's gift card on new yarn to make some casserole carriers... crocheted, of course!

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  4. As someone who has been doing both since childhood, I didn't realize the attitudes existed until I got on the internet. We are able to communicate with people all over the world in word and pictures in the blink of an eye. I hope more people learn to realize how each technique can enhance the other!

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  5. Thanks so much for linking to Hooked On Needles as a source of crochet inspiration! I'm honored!

    I have crocheted since I was quite young, 8 or 9 years old, so we're talking 40 years now! But I didn't learn to knit until I was about 30 as it totally intimidated me with those two needles and no hook to catch the yarn!

    Now I love each for different reasons and I do prefer one over the other depending on what kind of project and am doing.

    I think being good at both, or at least having a working knowledge of both will make you better at each of them.

    Interweave is a great source of patterns and information for crocheting, and those projects you showed really are gorgeous...not what most people would think of when picturing crocheted wearables!

    Can't wait to see what you crochet in the coming year!

    MGM

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  6. 'Hooking' was my first skill, thanks to 4-H. I just learned to knit about 6-months ago, thanks to Youtube, and LOVE IT! When these two can be combined to create a garment - sweet.

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  7. Amen! Great blog. I just posted about how I'm a crocheter masquerading as a knitter. There are different rhythms, goals, and thinking for each craft. Add in tunisian and it all just boils down to needles and yarn and how they all tie together.

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  8. I second another comment that said she did not know there was "a rif" between the 2 needle arts. My Mom taught me to crochet at age 9 and I have been going ever since. Now with an empty nest I am putting more learning into it. I recently began to knit. I have heard so many say that knitting is harder and that there does seem to be "an air" w/knitters. I love crochet it is my meditation.I did find knitting alittle more difficult when I was younger but now alittle easier. I see the beauty in each. They are both artforms.It doesn't matter who does what,they are both an artform expression. Art changes the world.Both arts do that.

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  9. Thank you so much for including my blog in your list! I love it when the great potential of crochet is discovered by formerly skeptical crafters. I hope you have a blast exploring it more. And Mandy Moore's cardigan totally blew my mind, too.

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  10. I was THRILLED to see you added my Frosted Windowpane as one of your favorites!!! Thanks for the shout-out!!

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