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Forums > Tips and Sharing: New Crocheters' & Knitters
Re: New to Knitting and Crocheting
Posted by: KT (IP Logged)
Date: July 14, 2008 04:39PM

JJKnitter is correct that whether crochet or knitting is better is a personal choice, although many people do both. You can search for past discussions of this subject in all three forums. You may also want to search for past discussions of what to charge for knitting/crocheting. Frankly, the compensation for handwork is not that great unless you can sell to a very upscale market. If you are looking at developing your skills in one of these crafts to supplement income, think very, very carefully about the demands on your time.

If you think that you will want to sell your scarves, hats, etc., you may want to look at machine knitting. You can actually get started without too much of an investment in machine knitting. The Bond Sweater machine is reasonably priced and if you use one of those 40 or 50 percent off coupons from Joann's or Michael's, it's even less expensive.

Generally speaking, crochet takes more yarn than knitting for the same size item. I personally prefer knitted garments over crochet for the most part but some types of hats are easier to crochet than to knit, scarves can be done with both crafts as can ponchos.

To learn either of these crafts, I suggest that you start with smooth, light-colored worsted weight yarn. If you are going to try knitting, I would start with US8 needles and for crochet, I would try a H or J hook.

There is basic instruction for both crochet and knit at this Craftyarncouncil site. You can also find videos on knitting at and probably videos on both knitting and crocheting at

Subject Written By Posted
  New to Knitting and Crocheting ejlching 07/14/2008 03:27PM
  Re: New to Knitting and Crocheting JJKnitter 07/14/2008 03:42PM
  Re: New to Knitting and Crocheting KT 07/14/2008 04:39PM
  Re: New to Knitting and Crocheting LI Roe 07/14/2008 06:24PM
  Re: New to Knitting and Crocheting Jane R 07/15/2008 01:50AM
  Re: New to Knitting and Crocheting craftsman 07/15/2008 09:10AM
  Re: New to Knitting and Crocheting Lauren 07/24/2008 10:57PM
  Re: New to Knitting and Crocheting Judi 07/25/2008 07:42AM
  Re: New to Knitting and Crocheting craftsman 07/25/2008 08:36AM

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