3KCBWDAY7 - Crafting Balance - Day 7

Ahh, the never-ending discussion on knitting vs. crocheting.  Here's my take....

I am an avid crocheter, who also knits.

Do I prefer one over the other?  In short, no.  They are two different craft forms, that yield different types of results.  Crocheting is a chunkier craft - the yarn lays flatter in knitted works, so of course crocheting will use up more yarn.  If there is a project where I feel that the flatter, lacier look is what I'm going for, then knitting is the craft to choose.  There's something so special about a lacy shawl.  And there is no way that a crocheted cable could ever replace a knitted one.  But then again, I prefer bobbles and popcorn stitches on crocheted works much more than on knitted ones.  And I don't think you'll ever get me to knit an afghan...ever.  I say let each craft form do what it was meant to do and move on.

Here's an example of two neckwarmers using the same type of yarn.  One is crocheted, the other is knitted.  I like them both for different reasons:

Chunky Crocheted Neckwarmer
Chunky Knitted Neckwarmer

Why do I chose to learn both craft forms?  Because each one yields different types of results.  (No brainer.  lol)

How did I come to learn and love my crafts?
I learned to crochet from my pastor's wife. They have 4 daughters and when we had slumber parties we always had to learn something wholesome so we wouldn't spend our entire evening talking about boys!!! My first project was a granny square. I made a blanket for myself because I loved crocheting so much. I also learned latch hook, cross-stitching, and sewing at those parties. But guess what, we still found time to talk about boys!!!

I made this blanket when I was 13 or 14.
As for knitting, I learned intermittently.  I went on a technology retreat, purchased a "Learning How to Knit Kit" while there and some of the ladies in my cabin were trying to help me.  I knitted (if you want to call it that) a little swatch.  Then I forgot what to do.  Some time much later, I tried again, watched a couple of videos online and made this crazy dishcloth that I gave to my mom.  She finally decided to use it like 2 years later.

Finally I took a 2-day knitting course at a yarn shop.  I was the only student so I asked a bunch of questions.  I left there with a pretty decent dishcloth and a whole bunch of patterns.

Now, why do I love these crafts?
That's probably such a long-winded answer, but I will say:
  • There's this type of peaceful bliss to see a string of yarn transformed into whatever you have decided to make.
  • Either one of these craft forms is something that doesn't require being in the company of others to do (once you learn the skill).  You can crochet or knit at whatever hour you choose and it's easily transportable.
  • I also believe that they both are highly therapeutic.
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This post marks the final day of the weeklong blog challenge.  Starting Monday, I will return to my regular (or irregular) blog topics.

Until then,


  1. Hi Libby,
    Boy do I regret not taking the time to sit with my aunts when they tried to teach me to knit and crochet! My Aunty Honey told me that I would regret it, and she was right! I have a ball of yarn and some crochet needles from a friend...I'm not giving up! Thank you for your story, what an encouragement to me! Also, thank you so much for supporting my blog articles! Blessings on you! Connie

  2. I learned to knit as a kid -- made quite a few pairs of slippers! -- then didn't knit for many years. When my mother-in-law began to teach my daughter to knit, I decided to take it up again. So glad I did. Then last year I finally learned to crochet. For a knitter, crochet just seems like an impossibility at first. I mean, there's only the one hook. How can that work? Love crochet now. So fun. It's so nice to see your early projects!

  3. Talking to boys. That's funny!!! There's no way around that. Haha... I think that I like the look of crocheting better. My co-worker does both as well and I really can't tell the difference, but she's quick to correct me when I say the wrong thing. She does her best to show me the difference but it doesn't work. LOL!

    Anyway I really like all of your photos especially 1,2 and 3. Great job as well.

  4. LOL - I love that you learned the craft out of needing to do something 'wholesome.' My mom always said an idle mind is the devil's workshop. Needless to say, I was always running around doing things in the community. I never knew the difference between crochet and knitting. It is different - I like both styles though :)

    1. My mom and everyone else's mom that I could hang out with back then, said the same thing. lol

  5. Libby...where can I find the crochet neck warmer pattern???

    1. Hi Debi! I found this pattern on Ravelry. Here's the link: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/the-black-hole-cowl

  6. Being able to both crochet and knit you can make anything! There is such a huge difference in the results of each craft. I love how you learned as a kid at slumber parties! When children learn a craft early on they are much more likely to continue it as they grow up.

  7. I totally agree with why you love these crafts!! They are really very therapeutic. I notice whenever I'm tensed up, I just want to go play with yarn or knit something. It is peacefully blissful!


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