Knit vs. crochet is often a hot debate among fiber fanatics. It also just so happens to be the theme of our exclusive Knit Meets Knot series, where two yarn-thusiasts — knit artist Morgan Woltersdorf and crochet buff Vincent Green-Hite — stitch up the same project using their unique expertise with either needles or hooks. We chatted with the young entrepreneurs to get the lowdown on how their crafts have really impacted their lives, and what it takes to turn your passion into a profession.
To the untrained eye, the difference between a knitted fabric and a crocheted one may not be super obvious. But to those in the know, knit and crochet are as different as night and day. Or are they? We’ll take a look at some of the common misconceptions about both crafts (does crochet *really* use more yarn?) and help you find reasons to love them both.
Knitting vs. crochet: What's the difference? And is one better than the other? Find out in this Bluprint original series, where crochet artist Vincent Green-Hite and knit artist Morgan Woltersdorf stitch up the same five projects side by side. Along the way (with a bit of friendly banter), they offer tips and techniques for knitters and knotters of all levels.
Here's a little secret about advanced crochet stitches: they're all variations and different combinations of the basic crochet stitches! So, if you're looking to stitch up something a little fancier and know how to crank out a double crochet, you can totally work these next-level stitch combos. Get ready for texture, color and all the lacy goodness.
When designing your own crochet blanket, you have a bunch of stitch options to choose from. But we happen to think the ones below will make a particularly great blanket or afghan. All you have to do is figure out what size you want it to be (we suggest making a gauge swatch first), decide the length of your starting chain, then get started!
I stared down at my crochet hook in disbelief. The tool I’d used since I was a teenager suddenly felt so foreign to me. I couldn’t remember how to hold it correctly or even how to do a basic slip knot, much less actually make something. Three weeks earlier, my whole world had changed. A shocking, brutal attack by an intruder at my workplace had left me with severe head injuries, memory loss and terrible PTSD. But of everything that horrific experience did to me, not being able to crochet or knit felt like the worst of it.
Most knitters will tell you that having a good project bag is essential — you can store all the necessary needles, notions and, you know, the actual knitting, so that when you're ready to stitch everything is ready and waiting. Plus, if you have multiple WIPs (works in progress), keeping each one in its own bag is the key to staying organized. And while you could buy a project bag (and there are tons of cute ones out there), we're all makers here — so why not stitch up a few of your own?
Crochet doesn't always get a lot of love when it comes to garments, but we're here to change all that. From cardigans, to vests, and even a baby sweater — don't miss out on making these gorgeous clothes.
Stuffed animals get even better when you make them yourself. The next time you need a gift for a baby shower or child's birthday, stitch up one of these cuties. And if you have trouble letting go, we get it. Go ahead and just make two.
We like to think of crochet as a welcoming craft — pick up a hook, learn a few stitches, and voila! A whole world of projects is at your fingertips. If you’re new to crochet, and aren’t sure what you can make, we’ve got plenty of projects to keep you busy.
The primrose stitch, a variation on the shell stitch, is perfect for beginner crocheters who want to get into intermediate-stitch territory, but it's also a go-to for seasoned stitchers who want to bring some gorgeous texture to their projects.
You can’t hit the mountains without some cute and cozy mittens! These lightweight, soft, and luxurious mittens have a fingerless design, so you can maintain your dexterity while also keeping warm. The Mountain Peaks Mitts work up quickly while still having a fun-to-crochet “peaks” pattern. This kit comes with pattern, photo tutorials, and Cloudborn Superwash Merino DK yarn in the color of your choice.
Seeking some mittens that are cute as a button? What about some mittens that feature a button? The November Mittens crochet kit features a precious pattern with plenty of adorable detail, from the button strap to the flared ribbed cuff and warm, chunky finish.
Every crocheter knows that their craft is addictive, but this Repartee Shawl crochet kit takes it to the next level. With a playful, easy-to-remember stitch pattern and very little finishing, this sweet and colorful asymmetric shawl knits up in no time. Just fasten the final stitch, weave in the ends, and it’s ready to wear.
Bobbles are easily the most playful crochet stitch, and this cowl is covered with them! Just two skeins of super bulky yarn work up into this texture-rich scarf, which is as quick and easy to complete as it is fun to wear!
Add a little oomph to your neckline with the Heywood Cowl crochet kit! Create the shape by weaving in simple increases and decreases, then watch how the spike stitches add rich texture and brilliant color variations. Worked sideways and seamed, this fun cowl is easy to make and wholly unique!
Looking for some soft accents that are both rustic and refined? These farmhouse-style pillows have a classic design while allowing you to crochet in some character as well! All you need is basic crochet knowledge (think: reverse single crochet stitch and center single crochet stitch), and you’re on your way to handmade comfort!
Fact: There’s nothing more charming than a bobble. Those adorable round crochet balls are not only easy to make, but they also add pops of fun and whimsy to any project. In the Oasis Bobble Pillow Crochet Kit, the bobbles are arranged in a contemporary diamond pattern, creating a 3D element that is both playful and impressive!
You’ve already crocheted plenty of blankets—now you need baskets to store them in! These quick and easy crochet baskets come in three sizes that nest together perfectly. Made with Sprightly Acrylic Wool Super Bulky Yarn, each basket is worked in a center single crochet stitch. Add the rope handles and enjoy a rustic farmhouse touch, perfect for any room in your home!
Delicate and dainty crochet lace interplays with textured popcorn stitches, and together they create an unexpected and ultra-feminine yoke. The Joilee Top is worked top down in the round, allowing its length to be customized to your own individual style, from crop to tunic.
If you’ve ever dreamt of cuddling up in a cloud, this cozy cardigan is as close as you’ll ever get. With a modern chunky style, a wide ribbed color, and pockets (yay!), this quick and easy design is worked from the side across. The pattern uses basic crochet stitches throughout, so it’s approachable for almost any crochet level. This kit comes with silky soft Sprightly Yarns Acrylic Super Bulky.
Bring this Clouded Skies blanket back to its natural environment: The outdoors! Whether you need a sweet throw for laying out a picnic, or you’re snuggling up on those cool summer nights, this blanket is perfectly lightweight. Featuring fun shell and lattice stitch patterns that are worked in long sections to show off the striping, Clouded Skies is an ideal “on the go” project.
Give your living space a little log cabin allure with this warm and cozy throw. Featuring a tight, mid-weight yarn and a rustic design of neutral earth tones, this blanket will have you feeling like you’re cozying up to a crackling fire (even if you’re just watching one on TV).
Classic granny squares can sometimes read a little...groovy. If you're looking for a granny that's more contemporary, it's time to cut out the frills: eliminate the chain spaces everywhere but the corners and your square is suddenly giving off a totally new vibe.
Whether you use them as tiny Christmas ornaments, giant poufs or anything in between, crocheting balls is fun. And the best part is, once you've crocheted one size, you can figure out how to crochet any size with a little help from a simple formula.
There's something so satisfying about granny squares: they're pretty repetitive, so you can cruise through them without having to concentrate too hard. But they're also totally versatile, so it's easy to spice things up when you want to.
If you absolutely LOVE granny squares, here's how to prove it: start every square with a heart. You'll finish your square with traditional granny rounds, which means you can easily mix and match this square with other motifs.
Help kiddos channel their inner fox with this adorable headband. Working a few long stitches over your white rows is the key to bringing the sweet face to life. Top it off with some embroidered details, and this critter's ready to play.
Life's too short to only have one scarf. In fact, we think you should have at least seven (one for every day of the week!). From cowls you can make in 45 minutes to scarves that make granny squares chic, we've got your neck covered.
We are ALL aboard that ombré bandwagon. But rounding up tons of yarn colors to create a perfect fade? Not so much. That's why we love dip-dye. Just knit or crochet your fave basic hat, dip it, put it on, and look ombré-dorable. Seriously, it's that easy.
If you've been perusing crochet boards on Pinterest and had a jonesing to start the craft, you've come to the right place. Even if you've never held a hook before or don't know a slip knot from a single crochet, use this guide to pick up basic techniques and tips. By the time you're done, you'll be ready to crochet in rows, which is all you need to make a scarf or even a simple blanket.
Just as in a boxing match, the best way to win at crochet is to use a good hook. But choosing the right crochet hook from among the gazillions on the market isn't always easy. For one reason, what's right for one person may not be great for another. What's more, different projects and types of yarn call for different shapes and styles of hooks.