In case you weren’t aware, March is National Craft Month. It also happens to be National Crochet Month.
Too bad I didn’t realize it was National Crochet Month until after I’d gotten about 12″ into my latest knitted project (more on that in a later post).
Any other crocheters out there?
I knitted long before I learned to crochet. Back then crochet seemed mysterious to me, maybe a little dangerous. Not only is it worked with a single hook, there isn’t anything there to hold the stitches. Wouldn’t the work unravel? Then I realized that unlike knitting — where all unworked stitches are “live” (meaning they can easily unravel if they’re not on a needle or stitch holder) — with crochet there’s only one live stitch at any given time. Suddenly it wasn’t so scary.
Once I got the hang of crocheting I realized it’s faster and easier than knitting. It’s not that crochet isn’t challenging in its own right — learning where to start and stop rows can be tricky at first — it’s just not quite as fussy as knitting. Knitting uses dropped stitches, slipped stitches, yarn overs and the like to create lacy material. In crochet, lace patterns are made by combining things like chains, stitch heights and clusters.
It’s easier to crochet large pieces, like afghans, since you’ve only got one live stitch to worry about and there’s not much weighing down your hook. Here’s an afghan I crocheted a few years back — the field was worked as one giant piece, and I made the flouncy border separately and attached it:
When knitting something large, you generally wind up using circular needles – basically two knitting needles connected by a thin cable (lengths vary) — and the work can be heavy to hold. In some cases, it can be pretty cozy, too:
Depending on the yarn and pattern, crocheted fabric is usually a little thicker while knitted fabric is often smoother. I find intricate work easier in crochet, but sometimes it’s worth investing the extra time for a luscious knitted piece.
Fellow crocheters, do any of you knit, too? If so, which craft did you learn first? Which do you prefer, and why?
Even if you’ve never picked up needles or a hook in your life I’m sure there’s some creative pursuit you can do to celebrate National Craft Month! What is it?
Posted on March 5, 2012, in Creativity, crochet, Inspiration, Projects and tagged crafts, creations, creativity, crochet, National Craft Month, National Crochet Month. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.