Knitting and Crocheting
The Difference Between
Knitting and crocheting both have similar definitions in the dictionary, a method in which thread or yarn may be turned into cloth or other fine crafts. Although they have similar definitions in the dictionary and can both produce beautiful results there are differences.
Crochet derives from a French word meaning hook and consists of pulling loops of yarn through other loops. You are basically working with one active loop, and using a single crochet hook, you pull your yarn thru that loop. There is a art called Tunisian crochet where you work with more than a single loop, but generally you only use a single loop. The size of your crochet hook will determine the denseness of your item. Some of the early crochet hooks were as simple as bent needles where a cork handle had been added to the expensive ones that were crafted out of silver, brass or ivory set in a variety of handles. Today, crochet hooks come in a variety of sizes and materials such as aluminum, plastic, steel and even bamboo. If you are fortunate enough to know a talented wood turner, you can even have one made for you. Some artisans hand turn a hook and decorated them with semi precious stones or beads.
Knitting is derived from the word knot, which is believed to originate form the Dutch verb knutten, but it is similar to the Old English cnyttan, to knot. Knitting consists of using two knitting needles where you pull a new loop through an existing loop. Your existing loop is held on one of your knitting needles until another loop is passed through them and it switches over to your second needle. When you get into knitting circular projects such a seamless sleeves, you may use up to 4 needles or a set of circular needles. There are basically 3 types of needles, or sometimes they are called kitting pins. The most common type consists of two slender sticks that are tapered to a point on one end and typically a knob on the other end to help prevent your stitches from slipping off. This type of needle can be anywhere from 10-16 inches long. Another type of needle are straight sticks that have tapered points on both ends. These will allow you to knit from either direction. One of the variances on this type is the cable needle, which usually isn't straight, but dimpled in the middle to temporarily hold stitches while others are being knitted. The third needle are circular needles, which are long, flexible and double pointed needles. Typically there is about 5 inch rigid tips on each end, with the flexible cable in the middle.
Both Crocheting and Knitting have been handed down for many generations, hopefully this tradition will continue.
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