Knitting + Crochet = Love

Lacy Cable Scarf
Lacy Cable Scarf     

A couple of weeks ago I had the chance to spend some time with Marcy Smith, editor of Interweave Crochet. She's a lot of fun, and we had a good time talking about our yarny crafts.

One of the topics that always comes up when Marcy and I talk is how crocheters don't knit and knitters don't crochet. We can't figure it out, because the two crafts really love each other!

Marcy and I came into our crafts the same way, but from opposite directions. Marcy started with crochet and began knitting when she was pregnant with her second child and she was overcome with the need to knit a baby sweater. I started with knitting and, as I was exposed to crochet in knit shops and from my crocheting friends, I knew I had to learn some basics.

     Snow Queen Hat
Snow Queen Hat
Snowflake Sweater
Snowflake Sweater

I went beyond the basics as I discovered how easy and fun crochet is, and how great it is for afghans, baby blankets, and for finishing my knitting (I especially love reverse single crochet; it creates a picot look around necklines, cuffs, etc.). There are also some beautiful crocheted garment patterns out there, too. I've yet to tackle one, but I have a couple in the queue.

One thing that surprised me was how I fell in love with the classic crochet motif, the granny square—I've made giant granny squares for baby blankets and small grannies that I've seamed together to make scarves and shawls.

The fall issue of Interweave Crochet includes a special knit + crochet section and Marcy just happened to be working up one of the designs, the beautiful Lacy Cables Scarf (photo at left).

There are really some lovely patterns in the issue that organically combine knitting and crochet, taking the two crafts and merging them into one seamless design.

The Snow Queen Hat by Anastasia Popova is really pretty; smooth stockinette pairs wonderfully with the swirl motifs. I love the cream tone-on-tone, too.

I'm a big fan of snowflake designs—I use some version of them almost every year on my holiday cards—so Mari Lynn Patrick's Snowflake Sweater is right up my alley. I love the large, crocheted snowflake motif, and the knitted part of this sweater is really interesting. Mari Lynn has placed decrease sections strategically around the snowflake insert so the points are cleverly surrounded by knitting. It's really a showstopper.

And then there's the Lacy Cable Scarf by Annette Petavy that Marcy was making. I just love this! It combines two classic looks, cables and lace, and it's so classy. I can picture myself wearing this a lot. Marcy made hers two-toned, with a green cable panel and blue lace borders. It's really pretty.

I would make and wear any of these pieces, but I think my favorite project in this issue just might be a non-garment design: Annie Modesitt's Coco Holly Topsy-Turvy Doll. Annie is always so creative, and here she combines her creativity with a good dose of whimsy. Coco is a knitted "socialite" doll (she has pearls in her hair), and when you flip her over, Holly, Coco's crocheted boho buddy appears. In this project, knitting and crochet are—quite literally—friends!

Coco Holly Topsy-Turvy Doll     Coco Holly Topsy-Turvy Doll
Coco Holly

How cute are these little ladies? I have a 7-year-old on my gift list, and I think this might just be the perfect thing for her.

So how about it, knitters? Let's make like Coco and be friends with crochet! Check out Interweave Crochet for these and lots more patterns, instruction, and inspiration.


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