When people ask me about crochet and knitting, I tell them it’s basically taking a loop of thread/yarn/wool and pulling it through another loop of thread/yarn/wool. In this way, one makes fabric. The difference being the how.  Crochet of course, one uses a hook and pulls one loop of yarn through another loop of yarn while creating the cloth one loop at a time.  Thusly:

how to crochet

Knitting is a little different in that one keeps the loops of the fabric on one needle while using another needle to pull the yarn through each one, creating the cloth. As shown here:


The fabric created by the two is very different, but the concept is basically the same, you pull a loop of yarn/wool/thread through another loop of yarn/wool/thread and create cloth. The type of cloth depends completely upon the method.  It can be the finest lace or a dense felt that’s warm and waterproof. And it all begins with looping one loop through another, and another, and another until next thing you know, dear reader, you have something you didn’t before.

knitcrochet swatch

I love to knit, and I love to crochet.  The project you see above you is the same project. It’s a blanket I’m bound and determined to make but it’s not turning out the way I want it to. I tried crocheting it first — but I didn’t quite like how that looked.  So I figured I would knit it and see how that came out.  And I never use swatches. Like… ever.  Now I don’t like how either of them look… but I will finish this blanket!   >>shakes fist at sky<<  I just have to figure out a different way to do it. Another kind of stitch maybe.  I dunno.  I’ve put it aside for a different project that’s almost done. I’ll post a picture when I’m finished. It’s what I’ve been working on the past few days, and why I haven’t been online — too much crocheting. I just want to finish the project! I dunno why! It’s summer and this is totally a winter project. But I have this urge to just get it done and over with I guess. I’m trying to work through my yarn stash and I need to do something with my hands. Knitting and crocheting is a good thing to do.

And it’s so easy to learn… Just pull one loop of yarn/wool/thread through another. That’s the first step. After that, it’s all in how you arrange the loops.  And that, dear readers, is the fun part. 🙂

2 thoughts on “Looping

  1. Marilyn Armstrong

    I’m totally not either a knitter or crocheter, so I really admire you folks you can. To me, it’s a miracle. My mother tried SO hard to teach me. I’m not sure she ever recovered when she realized I was absolutely hopeless. How could someone as handy as her have a daughter as klutzy as me? Actually, Garry’s father had the same problem with him. He couldn’t understand it.

    We share that lack of “handiness.” But I CAN draw and paint.

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    1. Patience Post author

      Somewhere there’s a meme about knitters/crocheters being like magicians… we mutter to ourselves while waving sticks around, no one around us knows what we’re doing and suddenly we’ve created something. 🙂

      All of my family, including my kids, can draw. Not me. I can kinda of draw, but not like the rest of them. They’re flippin’ artists. Me, I’m passable. Maybe. If I concentrate really hard and work at it. But who wants to work that hard? Not me. I’ll stick to crocheting and knitting. 🙂


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