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If you have never crocheted before, here is a brief lesson to get you started.
What is Crochet?
Crochet is a needle craft hobby that uses a single hook device to create looping stitches. Crochet begins with a chain or foundation row that doesn't reside on the hook. The hook pulls loops through previously made stitches (or chains) to create the project. There are no stitches that stay on the hook while working the project, with the exception of Tunisian crochet where this style of crochet is a combination of knitting and crocheting techniques. The process of crochet uses four basic stitches; single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet and triple (or treble) crochet. These stitches are combined and multiplied to create a large variety of other crochet stitches. The methods used to crochet often create a thicker piece of fabric than knit stitches when using a hook and yarn of a similar thickness. The advantage of crocheting over knitting is that there is only one loop on the hook after a stitch is completed so the project doesn't unravel as easily as a knitted item. This makes crochet an ideal travel project.
What is Knitting?
Knitting is a popular hobby and often more known to the average person. With knitting clubs popping up everywhere, people have become familiar with the pointed sticks used in this craft. Knitting uses two needles, or sometimes one long circular needle with points on each end. One needle is held in each hand, or one end of the circular needle in each hand. A row of yarn loops is placed on one of the needles to start, then the second needle loops and pulls yarn off the first needle and onto the second needle. This back and forth motion between the two needles creates the knitted item. The process of knitting uses two basic stitches; stockinette stitch (also called the knit stitch) and purl stitch. Additional stitches are built off these two basic stitches. Knitting often uses less yarn to create the same size piece of fabric or project than when making a similar item with crochet. A knitted project that comes off the needles while being made will unravel quickly and easily compared to crochet.
Knitting vs. Crocheting
Have you ever been asked “What are you knitting?” or “Is that knitting or crocheting?” It's a common question that many avid crocheters receive, and maybe you have even heard this once or twice in your life. To an avid crocheter the difference between these two crafts might be obvious, but that's not true for everyone. If you are one of those people that would like to know what the difference is for knitting versus crocheting, then check out the breakdown listed below.
There are also some similarities to knitting and crocheting.
Both crafts use yarn, fiber or ribbon to create projects. Knitting needles and crochet hooks are both measured in millimeters and made from the same materials (aluminum, bamboo, wood, etc.) There are long crochet hooks that have a similar appearance to a knitting needle, however only one hook is used instead of two needles as in knitting.
I have had a delightful journey crocheting for over 40 years and designing for over 30. I am so excited to share that journey with you.
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