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Re: which is easier? knitting or crotheting?
Posted by: Alex (IP Logged)
Date: March 14, 2008 01:55PM

In the old days (think early last century when pattern distribution and writing standards were starting to gel) it was assumed that you could crochet before you could knit. A lot of knitting patterns were edged with crochet stitches and there were no extra instructions as to how to do these.

I suppose to some it appears easier to crochet because you only use one implement, but both crafts use two hands to regulate the stitches, as MH says.

I teach both, and learning to form the basic knit stitch takes perhaps five minutes more than learning to form the basic crochet stitch. The difference is in the awkwardness of holding the two knitting needles. But working with really young students (as young as four) has shown me that once it's done it very rapidly gets easier. Most of my students can zip through a row in a matter of minutes. I've never had one student who hasn't been able to knit and purl after one 1-hr. class. Where they are a week later can be night and day depending on how much they practiced during the week.

I love having the ability to switch from knitting to crocheting because I have arthritis which flares up from time to time. Since different positions and different muscles are used I can always be productive.



Subject Written By Posted
  which is easier? knitting or crotheting? lakesgirl 03/10/2008 10:40PM
  Re: which is easier? knitting or crotheting? Jane R 03/11/2008 04:21PM
  Re: which is easier? knitting or crotheting? lakesgirl 03/12/2008 02:16PM
  Re: which is easier? knitting or crotheting? Mother Hen 03/12/2008 04:22PM
  Re: which is easier? knitting or crotheting? craftsman 03/13/2008 09:44PM
  Re: which is easier? knitting or crotheting? Alex 03/14/2008 01:55PM


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