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.|
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.
This post marks the final day of the weeklong blog challenge. Starting Monday, I will return to my regular (or irregular) blog topics.