Knitting and crocheting both have similar definitions in the dictionary which is a method in which thread or yarn may be turned into cloth or other fine crafts. Although they have similar definitions in the dictionary and can both produce beautiful results there are differences.
Crochet derives from a French word meaning hook and consists of pulling loops of yarn through other loops. It’s hard to pinpoint the beginning of crocheting because there were not any surviving examples prior to the 1800’s but there were knitted products that they had discovered. To crochet you are basically working with one active loop and using a single crochet hook you pull your yarn or thread through that loop. There is an art called Tunisian crochet where you work with more than a single loop but generally you only use a single loop. The size of your crochet hook will determine the denseness of your item the bigger the hook, the looser the crocheting. Some of the early crochet hooks were as simple as bent needles where they had added a cork handle but there were some more expensive ones that were crafted out of silver, brass or ivory and set in a variety of handles. Today crochet hooks come in a variety of sizes and materials such as aluminum, plastic, steel and even bamboo. If you are fortunate enough to know a talented wood turner you can even have one made for you and then you can decorate the handle by added beads or decorative stones to it.
Knitting is derived from the word knot, which is believed to originate from the Dutch verb knutten, but it is similar to the Old English cnyttan which means to knot. Knitting consists of using two knitting needles where you pull a new loop through an existing loop. Your existing loop is held on one of your knitting needles until another loop is passed through them and it switches over to your second needle. When you get into knitting circular projects such a seamless sleeves, you may use up to 4 needles or a set of circular needles. There are basically 3 types of needles, or sometimes they are called knitting pins. The most common type consists of two slender sticks anywhere from 10-16 inches long that are tapered to a point on one end and typically a knob on the other end to help prevent your stitches from slipping off. Dropping a stitch in knitting can mean unraveling your work back to your dropped stitch and starting again. If you do drop one hopefully you notice it right away to safe yourself some frustration. Another type of needle is straight sticks that have tapered points on both ends. These will allow you to knit from either direction. One of the variances on this type is the cable needle, which usually isn’t straight, but dimpled in the middle to temporarily hold stitches while others are being knitted. The third needle is a circular needle which is long, flexible and pointed on both ends. Typically there is about 5 inch rigid tips on each end, with the flexible cable in the middle.
No matter if you are crocheting or knitting you can find some great patterns for anything from hats to rugs so make sure you give this a try. Either craft is a perfect hobby for a relaxing night at home.
Lanette Herrmann is co-founder of Something and More Hand Crafted Gifts, http://www.somethingandmore.com, and has enjoyed woodcrafting and other types of crafts for many years. She started out learning how to braid rugs with her grandmother. She got her love of hand stitching and weaving rugs from her mother. She also enjoys quilting, using the scroll saw and many other woodworking tools. When she isn’t working at her full time job, Lynn’s favorite pastime is spending time with her family.
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