Since I began knitting again I often meet people who say “I crochet but I can’t knit it’s too hard” Well I’ve said this before, I am not a knitting snob and I know that anyone who wants to can knit. Crochet and knitting are different but neither is more difficult. With practice you can learn both. I do find myself knitting more than crocheting and I have come to the conclusion that a simple knitting pattern can be as elegant as a complicated one.
If you know the knit stitch and purl stitch you can make a sweater in stockinette stitch (knit one row, purl one row) or just knit (garter stitch). Using both stitches in the same project can add texture to the garment. Changing yarn colors for cuffs and collar can also make a simple pattern look interesting. Finishing with pretty buttons or other embellishments can also make up for not using a complicated stitch. All in all if you know the knitting basics you can make something that is fun to do and fun to wear. Don’t worry about complicated stuff that will come if you continue to knit.
I know that I spend most of my time talking about knitting but I am not a knitting snob. I often crochet when I am impatient. What do I mean? I can very often complete a crocheted item in less time than a knitted one. I don’t knit quickly and frankly I’m not sure I need to. So I may be working on my knitted stuff for a long time. Scarves, I have both knitted and crocheted but by far more crocheted. I know that many newbies start out by making a basic crocheted scarf and once we have mastered the basic single, double and treble crochet stitches the scarf thing may become boring. Today however when I opened my email from Crochetme there was a great article about embellishing your crocheted work.
The article shows embellishments and embroidery being added to simple items like scarves or basic bags. I found lots of sites where you can find crocheted flower patterns for free and here are three crocheted doilies, crochetpatterncentral and allcrafts. You can create a one-of-a-kind piece that will have people asking you where it came from. So next time you finish that basic scarf at some flowers!