In the last few years, I have begun to
explore the many techniques associated with yarn. You can spin your own yarn.
With yarn you can crochet, weave, and knit. Just as many of my crochet projects
are inspired by the yarn itself as are chosen because I fall in love with a
|Green Chai Cardi, Interweave Crochet Fall 2011
As yarn lovers, we are fascinated by the
different ways luscious fiber can be transformed into fabric. I am currently
exploring the difference in fabrics created with crochet and knitting.
Let's look at two cropped short-sleeve
cardigans—one crochet and the other knit.
Green Chai Cardi by Jill Hanratty is crocheted with a broomstick lace yoke.
Lacy cluster shells make up the remainder of this top, showing off one of
crochet's best features: Crochet stitches create beautiful, intricate lace with
||Peony Cardigan, Interweave Knits Spring 2012
The Peony Cardigan by Cecily Glowik MacDonald
is an easy, one-piece sweater that uses raglan shaping and stockinette.
Stockinette is a simple stitch that, with a little practice, can be created
without looking, making it perfect for low-light situations like movie
theaters! At the hem and down the front, moss stitch provides a subtle texture
and elegance. Knitting can create fabulous fabrics that aren't too dense and
yet are not at all see-through.
Crochet will always be my first love. The
appreciation of yarn I learned with hook in hand has allowed me to appreciate
the projects that can be created from a skein of yarn. And through that
realization, I have learned to knit and value the fabulous projects that are
created with this innovative use of yarn. Explore knitting and add one more
fiber talent to your skill set by subscribing to Interweave Knits today.