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Everything you need to know about getting started with knitting and crochet

Arts and crafts have never been bigger, from jewelry making and pottery to candle making and woodcraft. The benefits that this kind of creative activity has – which include relaxation, improved mood and mental health, and boosted mental agility – as well as the fun it brings make it easy to see why.

Two styles of crafting that have been enjoying a resurgence lately are knitting and crochet. So, if you’re looking for a new artistic challenge, read on and see if either one is for you!

What’s the difference between knitting and crochet?

Knitting and crochet have a lot of similarities. They are both styles of needlework that use yarn and stitch work to create a variety of items. The main differences between them are the look of the resulting fabric, and the tools used:

  • Knitting uses needles, with stitches that are smaller and flatter, and create little ‘V’ shapes.
  • Crochet uses a tool called a crochet hook, with bulkier stitches, and look a bit more knotted.

You’ll use different patterns and techniques for each but can make the same type of creations whichever method you use.

Which should I choose?

This is a matter of personal preference. Crochet is more portable and simpler to fix mistakes in, whereas knitting is more logical and uses less yarn. The best idea is to try your hand at both and see which suits you best.

What kind of things can I make?

The possibilities are endless! Knitted material is slightly stretchier than crochet, making it great for clothing such as jumpers and socks, whilst crochet can use negative space more effectively and is perfect for summer shawls and lace cardigans. Generally speaking, whatever you can knit, you can crochet and vice versa. Here are some ideas to inspire you:

  • Hats, scarves and headbands
  • Blankets and other decorative items
  • Coasters and coffee cup cozies
  • Bags and boot cuffs

What do I need to get started?

Both knitting and crochet are relatively inexpensive hobbies to get started with, and all the supplies you need can be bought online at craft shops like reallymaria.com. Here’s a quick rundown of what’ll you need for each:

Crochet

  • A crochet hooks
  • Yarn in the color(s) of your choice
  • A pattern to follow
  • A crochet stitch guide to help you learn
  • Scissors

Knitting

  • A pair of knitting needles
  • Yarn in the color(s) of your choice
  • A pattern to follow
  • A guide to knitting stitches and purl stitches to help you learn
  • Scissors

That’s it! Stitch guides can be found all over the internet, and the same goes for the patterns. There are loads of websites with free patterns for beginners, which show you how to make a wide variety of garments and accessories. Then as you improve, you can work your way up to more complicated patterns and techniques!

Whether you decide to give knitting a go or opt for crochet, hopefully, you’ll find the process enjoyable, relaxing and rewarding. So, what are you waiting for? Give it a try today!

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