Knitting and crocheting were once a daily task of women but during these modern times, it has become more as hobbies than womanly tasks. Whatever your intentions are in wanting how to knit or crochet, we can direct you to the basics of these two practical crafts.
Know the difference between Knitting and Crocheting
Crochet uses a single needle with hook-like end and flat-like middle. Knitting uses needles with pointed and knobbed end or both pointed ends. While both require patience and attention to details, each entails different style, approach, and handling since they differ in tools.
Basic Know-What’s and Know-How’s
There are a variety of yarns for crocheting and knitting depending on their weight and thickness. The weight and thickness are assigned based on the project you are planning to do. The Standard Yarn Weight System has designated codes of 0-6, stating that 0 is the lace yarn (the finest) and 6 for Super Bulky (the thickest). Yarn sequence indicates lace, superfine, fine, light, medium, bulky and super bulky consecutively.
Needle or Hooks
As determined earlier, crochet uses hooks while knitting makes use of needles. Hooks come in different hook sizes and materials. They can be made of aluminum, wood, bamboo, steel or plastic. In using the crochet hook, you must closely relate the hook size with the yarn you are going to use. The larger weight of a yarn, the larger the hook number—or equivalent letter—(found at the flattened midsection) you should get.
Needles for knitting also come in different sizes, types, and materials. In the US, a metric system has been designed to easily determine the type or size of needle you can use for a certain project. For example, you are going to knit a sweater, then you would naturally need a larger scaled needle with a point at one end and a knob at the other. The knob prevents slip-offs. On the other hand, when you work on an intricate pattern, you can make use of a finer needle with two needle points.