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What do you prefer, knitting or crochet?

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Mustardy Thu 09-Aug-18 00:07:25

Or rather, what projects do you prefer using knitting or crochet for?

Just asking, because I'm a crochet addict but just thinking about giving knitting a chance grin

TheWoollybacksWife Thu 09-Aug-18 15:03:03

Cardigans (particularly baby cardigans) - definitely knitting as there seems to be a huge range of gorgeous patterns compared to crochet.

Hats - knitting again and I prefer to knit flat and sew up a seam rather than knit in the round.

Blankets and shawls - I definitely prefer crochet.

I also prefer to work in DK. I'll use chunky at a push and I quite like 3 ply for baby jackets. I have enjoyed using lace weights for shawls but bizarrely don't like 4 ply at all.

Pandoraslastchance Thu 09-Aug-18 15:09:06

I prefer crochet as there is only one implement to lose and no pointy edges to sit upon (it was rather painful having a knitting needle in your bottom cheek) plus the kids couldn't pull my work off my crochet hook.

I adore making blankets. Just sit and stitch away. I tried cardigans but always struggled with the tension and would end up with lopsided sleeves.

Racecardriver Thu 09-Aug-18 15:09:24

Crochet is easier but you can do more knitting.

Theweasleytwins Thu 09-Aug-18 15:44:56

Cannot knit at all but love crochet💖
Especially amigurumi

hendal Fri 10-Aug-18 08:54:54

I enjoy both, as I am basically a craft addict. I find crochet easier with less stitches to keep an eye on.
I like to make “novelty” hats, recently knitted a pineapple complete with leaves for my sister and am working on an orca hat now (if I can figure out how to knit the fins!).
I like larger projects like jumpers and cardigans but I get too hot wearing them, and none of my friends have DC as yet (me neither) to knit/crochet for.

I really want to crochet a blanket like my Granny had, was a zigzag sort of pattern and beautiful. That may be my big project over winter.

TyrionLannistersShadow Fri 10-Aug-18 08:58:10

Love crochet, am a bit of an addict , can't take to knitting at all. I think it stems from when I learned to knit in primary, the teacher was horrible and believed humiliation was a teaching tool, whereas I taught myself crochet as an adult so there are only good feelings associated with it.

FruitOnAPlatter Fri 10-Aug-18 09:08:04

I go through phases..

If I'm making something useful (a phone pouch) or a soft toy, I prefer crochet. Squares with the idea of turning them into a blanket, except I hate joining them, so I actually have bags of squares in various places just sitting doing nothing!

Knitting, shawls, clothes, baby blankets.

I prefer DK, or 4 ply, although a lot of stuff these days is really variable - either a bit thin for DK, or a bit fat (is that the american worsted thing maybe?). Chunky is only for quick stuff - I realise it's a bit judgy, but all these new patterns done in chunky I think are because there seem to be a lot of people who aren't prepared to put the work into make one in a finer stitch size because it's too long-winded.

Mind you, it turns out I'm pretty much a speed knitter according to pinterest - the 'thrown' technique for knitting is my normal way, but so many people still seem to do the thing where they wrap the wool round using their whole hand.

RaininSummer Fri 10-Aug-18 09:10:24

I do both. Crochet was my first craft and I love making colourful blankets and lacy tops. They grow quickly and its soothing and easy to do when watching tv. Knitting is great for wearable clothes and socks and the vast array of patterns but I need to concentrate more usually.

HardAsSnails Sat 11-Aug-18 22:11:18

I tend to knit things I'll wear, socks, gloves, shawls. Usually 4 ply.

Crochet for blankets.

GETTINGLIKEMYMOTHER Sat 25-Aug-18 13:54:51

Knitting. I don't like the look or feel of crocheted things, though that may well date back to so many hideous, garish ponchos etc. in the 70s.

Should add that I never learned to crochet, either, but have never regretted it except for the odd knitting pattern that needs a little crocheted edge - usually a baby pattern, though since Gdcs now 2 and 3 I'm unlikely to be knitting baby things again.

SinkGirl Sun 16-Sep-18 22:09:32

To me, knitting looks better for most things but I love making crochet toys. Just made these for my boys birthday and had so much fun.

Knittedfairies Sun 16-Sep-18 22:20:22

I cannot crochet to save my life; my friend got really frustrated trying to teach me! I just can’t do it.

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