One of the great things about yarn: it doesn't care if you knit it or crochet it.

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  • My grandmother taught me how to crochet, but my tension was so tight, everything came out like a cat toy. Then in my early 20’s I learned to knit, which surprisingly eased up my crocheting tension. Now I do both.

  • Hey Ann, if you still have any of that mohair, those crocheted mohair log cabins look pretty nifty!

    I crochet, as well, taught at age nine chain st and single crochet. Over the years, I taught myself everything else as soon as I was able to understand written directions (way before the internet). I usually crochet blankets, mostly granny square and pot holders, mostly single crochet. Sometimes, I crochet doilies, once a yarmulke of my own design. These crochet projects satisfy a love of mixing all kinds of colors. Knitting satisfys a desire to engage my hands toghther in that particular rhythm that I can only produce with knitting. I find that each craft is satisfying in its own way.

    • I quite agree! Knit-a-little, crochet-a-little. Repeat.

  • I started knitting and crocheting basically at the same time, and I definitely love both. I find there are easier ‘fixes’ in crochet if you do make a mistake – crochet is more forgiving. Crochet was easier to me than knitting when it comes to making kids’ toys too, so I use it for that a lot. Ultimately, I knit far more often, as I tend to prefer the look of finished knit garments more than crochet garments, but I am so glad to do both. I do find that crochet tends to put more strain on my dominant crocheting hand – perhaps knitting, with two hands, balances out the stress on the hands? Still, I can’t imagine not having both options! This past year, I have finally started to pick up on some sewing too, so I feel I have hit a sweet crafting trifecta. 🙂

    • I find that crocheting at a table and leaning my elbows on the flat surface helps with the wrist issues. And, when I’m crocheting in bed, I lean on a pillow.

  • What a beautiful post. My mom taught me to knit when I was about 8 (I, too, always had a strong need to MAKE, and fiber had a particular draw for me). Knitting seemed so slow, though. And I was an impatient child. So I taught myself to crochet from one of those women’s magazines (Ladies Home Journal or something); there was a pattern to make small stuffed animals. I was in 4-H where I did both knitting and crocheting projects, and for a very long time, I crocheted much more than I knit. I am still charmed by the humble Granny Square — such a perfect thing! Magical . . . kind of like turning the heel of a sock.

  • Learned to knit when pregnant with first child. Learned to crochet when second child was about four months old, from one of a group of very creative crocheters.
    Love both knit and crochet. Seems I’m doing more knitting right now, but…..

  • I loved this piece!
    I am neither a crocheter nor a knitter, I’d rather call myself a crafter/maker. Because I love to make various things.

  • My grandmother taught me to both knit and crochet more than 50 years ago. My first FOs were crochet: a series of granny square mini skirts for me and my two sisters in some faboo 1960’s colors. Pink and purple. I was probably 9 or 10. They were followed by a series of autumnal colored granny square ponchos and some first holy communion white shawls. As I advanced in the knitting I grew to think of crochet as a lesser craft. A few years ago, a younger coworker taught herself to crochet and I was so inspired by her approach to design and making that I picked up the crochet needle again with all the joy I had so many years ago.

    • If I had been crocheting a mini skirt, I definitely would have finished the project!

  • Please can I know the name of the pattern for the crochet maze piece/stole/runner in the banner photos. Loved this post. (I’ll look on ravelry also)

    • Found it, thanks anyway (https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ethan-rectangular-shawl) in case anyone else is wondering.

      • Thanks, Lisa, I WAS wondering!

      • Honestly, it was hard to pick which one of his patterns to crochet. One of the things I love about crochet is being able to go off road, but in the case of Steve Roussous the solid symmetry really pleases.

  • My father taught me how to knit and crochet when i was 12. Oh 48 years ago. He told us that his sister was a pro at it and he watched her so often he figured it out. I learned quickly and did it for a year or 2 before i put it aside. I picked it back up about 10 years ago. I love it i crochet more then knit. To me it is relaxing and a wonderful feeling when i complete something especially the look at ones face when i give a piece as a gift. I feel it is appreciated.

  • My grandmother taught me the basic crochet stitches and as I grew older I would study other stitches. To me, it is theropudic , very relaxing and just have a great time crocheting. I never could knit. I can’t get the hang of it. I have so much stash yarn and love scrap patterns. Thank you grandma for teaching me.

  • I would love to learn to knit. I’ve tried it, but can’t seem to “get it.” I do crochet and now that I’m retired, I am taking time to learn more stitches. It is a wonderful feeling to finish projects. Right now I’m working on a pink, chevron stitch baby blanket for my great-granddaughter due this month.

  • I learned to crochet and knit when i was in 7th grade Homemaking class 45 years ago( those classes ended long ago) . I prefer crochet because it’s faster and more forgiving, but I like the softness and texture of knitting better. Crochet is harder on the hands. I had to switch to knitting after massive crocheting since it caused my left tension hand to develop carpal tunnel syndrome. Either way, I enjoy sitting somewhere and being useful with my hands. Despite beginning osrlreoarthritis, I will continue to knit and crochet. Thanks for a nostalgic article.

  • I love to knit and crochet

  • Please tell me an easy way to get a skein of yarn into a ball. Some are so knotted I end up cutting them and throwing them away.

  • Loved your story! My grandmother taught me to crochet when I was 3-4 years old. Started to school and could not spell my own name but could read simple crochet directions such as those for a granny square. I am going to be 76 In a few days and still crochet everyday unless I am ill or catching up on house work! I prefer crochet to housework!! I also knit but crochet is my passion.

  • Amen to crochet over housework!! I had no crafting parents or grandparents. My first experience with yarn was at age 17 when a co-worker at the movie theater where I worked (for 75 cents an hour!) taught me needlepoint. In the next few years I picked up crochet from a how-to booklet bought at the local Woolworth department store along with the squeaky acrylic yarn that my meager budget allowed.

    I crocheted for years until I decided to teach myself to knit (from Debbie Stoller’s Stitch & Bitch book) at age 50. It took a week of sweating over that little garter stitch scarf to “get it.” Now there is not a day that passes that I don’t do one or the other and always have 3-4 projects of both knit and crochet on the needles/hooks at any given time.

    • It’s good to have choices! BTW, Debbie Stoller’s Happy Hooker is a great crochet resource.

  • I loved the story. Made me, feel like I went through time travel. The reason for my crocheting, I want to feel that my, grandmothers art of, making pillows, and doilies never fade. I noticed that none of the other granddaughters or daughters of my grandmother learned. I did. And I am happy that she showed me. I lost her a few years later and it was hard to say goodbye. But I knew with my crocheting it was as if grandma stayed with me, for a lifetime.

    • Thanks Pauline! You are right. Every created piece embodies memories and emotions. What a lovely way to remember your grandmother.

  • Whoooaaaa! I was in Oakland for 48 hours this past weekend (from New Orleans…long story) and snuck away long enough for a romp at A Verb For Keeping Warm….where I fell hard for the necklace pictured above! I took lots of photos and left with a skein of Habu, just to give it a try! Are you the person who crocheted those? I’m in love. Any hints? So weird to see this so soon…it’s like a secret message or something!

    • Hi Robin. Yes! I’m the crocheter of those necklaces at Verb. How great that you got to spend time there. Chain however many you want between circles. Some circles are 3 rounds: 12 DC, 24 DC, 36 DC some 2 rounds. Let us know how it goes!

  • I really enjoyed your story! Thank you! I learned to knit at the age of 9. My grandma lived with us so she was always there to help. I didn’t know you could buy socks, mittens, hats and scarves until I was probably a little older and started paying attention to what others were wearing! I taught myself to crochet just recently because there are some awesome patterns that are for crochet. ( I started with flip flop moccasins from make and do crew) Jess has a wonderful tutorial and that’s how I learned:) my 2nd reason was that my mother told me , as you get older you need to learn new things, challenge your brain so you stay sharp. I am still learning the different stitches and it sure is rewarding when I look at what I’ve done and it actually looks right!!! So here I am, wishing I could pull out my project and hunker down with my wool yarn but I am off to work so I can keep on buying my yarn!!!!!

  • Liz Kaplan, you’re not only a fantastic creator, you’re a gifted writer! Your parents did good! Their legacy will undoubtedly pass through you and spread to your children and those of us who are fortunate to cross your path. Thanks to the likewise talented creators at MDK for sharing you with us! My Saturday morning starts out with gratitude & inspiration.

  • I am a novice knitter–two years. My grandmother, however, taught me to crochet as a child, and I long to pick it up again because of that history and connection. But I worry I will lose ground getting skilled in knitting. I enjoyed this article. Maybe I can just do a granny square now and then …

  • My mother taught me how to crochet when i was young. I remember a granny square vest she made me out of navy blue,red and white phentex.lol
    My husband was the youngest of 5 boys ,so his mother taught him to knit and he in turn taught me.
    I love to do both crafts and each have their place in my creations.
    We have 4 kids and 9 grandchildren.lots of baby blankets have been made.
    I prefer to knit now but if I’m in a hurry crochet does the job.

  • My mother taught me how to crochet when I was 8 years old. I learned how to knit when I was in Girl Scouts. I remember my mom sent us to a lady in the neighborhood to teach us how to knit too. I embarrassed my mom at her Bridge parties because I didn’t pay the lady because she didn’t teach us anything new!
    I’ve been working with yarn ever since and have made so many baby blankets,hats and gifts for others that I’ve lost track. It is part of who I am and my day isn’t complete if I don’t get to work with yarn.
    My grandma was a big crocheter well into her nineties. I loved talking about the craft and sitting with her and working on things together. She recently passed but I have her with me whenever I sit down with my yarn.
    I’ve just started to teach my granddaughter how to crochet. She works on a couple of stitches and then runs to do something else it’s fun to watch her and to see how much she loves yarn too!