Why I Picked My Needles Back Up

The double pointed needles kept falling out; the stitches seemed to either be too loose or too tight; and the simple knit stitch was just too plain for me. When I was about 12 my mother decided to try and teach me to knit a pair of mittens. I finished both mittens, but I put away the knitting needles and picked up a crochet hook.

 
Daisy-Stitch Tunic by Jean Suzuki  

The crochet stitches were quickly the correct tension and even if the hook fell out, it was easy to pick the loop back up. Crochet came easily to me. My favorite aspect of crochet was the variety of stitches, and the texture those stitches could create.

I forgot all about my knitting needles until the Daisy-Stitch Tunic. It was the daisy stitch panels that did me in, and I picked those needles up again. It wasn't nearly as hard this time. Crochet had taught me how to hold the yarn and my tension was much better. My hands had learned the fine-motor control I needed to manipulate the needles, and it no longer felt like I was holding a porcupine-though I will admit I fell in love with circular knitting needles.

 
  Saddleback Cardigan by Jen Hagan

Knitted cables were my next fascination. I think there just might be over a hundred different knitted cable designs, and learning about knitted cables has increased my understanding of crocheted cables-especially Tunisian crochet cables. I love the cables of the Saddleback Cardigan.

The double pointed needles are staying where they are told, and although I'm still learning how to work my stitches not too tight, I love exploring the unique stitches and techniques you can create with knitting. Will it ever take the place of my crochet? No, but there is room for both of them in my project bag.

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Best wishes,

P.S. What hobbies other than crochet do you enjoy? Have they helped you become a better crocheter?

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