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Crochet Pattern - Why Choose Crochet?
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Crochet Pattern  -  Why Choose Crochet?

So the title of the article reads 'crochet pattern'. What is crochet and why would you choose to take it on as a hobby? Crochet is achieved when you use either yarn or thread to design a fabric. This a essentially a type of knitting and any crochet pattern will have to use it. The main difference that separates crochet and knitting in my eyes is the use of the hook as apposed to the knitting needle ( crochet uses the hook obviously whilst knitting uses the knitting needle ).

As far as the history and popularity of the crochet technique it all really leads back to around the 19th century. It was around this time that Europe bought into the idea and then gradually America followed suit. Once the Americans had caught onto the idea of a crochet pattern being useful they actually boosted the popularity of crochet when they invented the common cotton thread.

As a rule of thumb ( and it's not just my opinion but the opinion of the majority of 'stitch freaks' out there ) using a crochet pattern is overall harder than knitting something. A lot of people tend to find knitting much more enjoyable because of this fact but please don't be put off by this fact - if it's harder to do the finished article will have benefits and this applies to crochet to. Personally, I would always take crochet over knitting as I find it requires a lot more care and in turn creativity.

Usually, because of the slight lean in popularity towards the easier knitting techniques there are more patterns and general ideas out there for the knitter to undertake. There are also only two different types of knitting stitches that all other knit stitches are created from - 'Purl' and also 'Knit'. But always bear in mind that it is impossible to knit unless you are using two hands, crochet is very different and this can have individual benefits.

For example, if you are a older person you may suffer from a touch of arthritic bones in your hand areas. A lot of these types of people find crochet much easier to preform than using two hands through knitting techniques as it is less of a strain on your wrists.

If you decide on a crochet pattern to complete then I promise you will not regret it, both forms of stitching - crochet and knitting have their own popularity and their own advantages and downfalls.


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AuroraG  

I've been knitting since I was 4, and I taught myself crochet around 6 years ago. I think both are very different and it really comes down to what you're making or what look you want. Like I'd never knit a tablecloth nor would I ever attempt to crochet a Scandinavian sweater. They both have their place and purpose.

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