Crochet vs. Knitting
Recently, knitting and crocheting hobbies have been put back in the limelight not only in the arts and crafts world but by the fashion world as well. Materials used for this revived style of clothing have expanded to include modern options such as hemp, banana stalks and even very fine stainless steel thread for high fashion clothing. There is a belief that crochet is more free-form, allowing the crafter to take more liberties with their crochet patterns. Although, many will say that knitting can be worked the same. Experienced crafters can alternate back and forth between crocheting and knitting while appreciating the different textural qualities they offer.
It is unknown where crochet first originated, though we see a height in its popularity in Europe during the 19th century. Crocheted items were a source of both making money and saving money, because people produced garments themselves. At the end of the 19th century and through the beginning of the 20th century, we begin to see elaborate Victorian textures created with crochet patterns. Today, because of the rise of 'do it yourself' projects and the interest in learning new hobbies, crocheting is becoming admired and widely accepted again. Crochet & Pintuck Sham showcases shell stitches around the edge. The word crochet is derived from the French word for hook. Cafters use crochet hooks to create loops and patterns. There are hundreds of crochet techniques but the majority of them involve wrapping the medium around the hook.
Knitting uses at least two needles. When creating intricate cable patterns, a cable needle often makes the work easier to complete. Garter stitch creates a wavy appearance on both sides of the fabric. Stockinette stitch can be used to create a fabric with one smooth side and one bumpy side. The smooth side features v-shaped knit stitches while the bumpy side features u-shaped purl stitches. In stockinette, the smooth side is often referred to as the "right side." Knitting can be a bit more difficult when you make a mistake or "drop a stitch," because it is not as easy to fix as the loops created in crochet patterns. Experienced knitters are able to use a crochet hook to pick up dropped stitches and work them back in.