Okay, I go both ways now

I've never liked the idea of being in the closet, so I'm coming right out and admitting it, I've learned to crochet. My wife and daughter are both crocheters, but I learned knitting when I was seven years old and it's always been my fiber art.

They can't get their heads around knitting. No hook to pull the yarn with, how do you do it? Drove my daughter crazy trying it. I'm the other way, only one stick? How does that work.

But I've been working on a jacket for my niece for Christmas, and it required crochet for the button plackets and buttonholes on the front. I realize now that I could have just picked up stitches along the edges and knit it too, but before that, I realized I had made the sleeves too short, so I crocheted some extra length onto them. It will be covered with faux fur so it won't show and since I was adding onto sleeves in the round and didn't have any dpns, crochet seemed to be a good way.

So now I know how to crochet. Well, single crochet at least. I'll work on the fancier stuff later. I'm out of the closet, and I can go both ways.

smalltownknitguy's picture

Welcome to the world of Crochet. I have crocheted since I was 9 and learned to knit when I was about 33 or 34. Since I live in the south I was in the closet for years, but since taking on the alter-ego of Small Town Knit Guy, I now knit and crochet in public all the time. Crochet also opens up a whole new world of stitch patterns, shapes, and projects. Enjoy your crocheting!

ivmanrob's picture

I've been knitting for over 30 years, but I've never learned to crochet. Now as a knitting grandfather, I'm not sure if I'll pick up the hook - I don't want to become a "crotchety" old man ... pun so intended. There are times when knowing how to crochet would come in very handy. I suppose I really do need to give it a try.


michaelpthompson's picture

I kept saying that for a long time til I finally had to take the plunge. Now I don't need a Round Tuit anymore.

"All knitting is just one stitch at a time."

Masala's picture

I used to crochet the long Maude type vests that were popular in the '70's for an Aunt. I use crochet for "finishing" edges on household items. This will be fun for you, you've got single crochet down, so the rest is a breeze! Have fun.

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I have to agree with the fact that you have opened up a new world, there is also the ability to combine both in a garment which is fantastic. You will find lots of fun Crochet patterns on Ravelry and take it one step at a time, you will find it rewarding to learn how to do both.

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Simpawknits's picture

I learned to crochet when I was 29 and resisted learning to knit until last year. With crochet, I would pick it up and put it down. I'd go 2-3 years without making anything. With knitting, I started and haven't been able to stop. I really have embraced the whole knitting subculture with things like this website, books, groups, LYS haunting, etc. I'm so glad I finally decided to "go both ways" too! Welcome to crochet, Michael!

MMario's picture

Incredible stuff can be done with crochet or knit - but having BOTH skills opens a whole new world of possibilities....always nice to have the options.

MMario - I'm not divorced from reality - we're having a trial separation