knitting is not crochet

I crochet. I love crocheting and enjoy giving gifts to family members.
My grandmother knits and has been trying to get me to join her. I just dont have the coordination for this skill.

For my birthday (party was today, birthday is tomorrow) my parent tried really hard to give me a gift I'd like. I was excited to open it and find yarn. But they gave me a mug that indicates I'm a knitter. then they gave me a pattern book for advanced knitting and needles for the knitting. I can't tell if they're still not understanding that crochet is different than knitting or if they want me to try again.

I've corrected them several times when it comes to them calling my crochet knitting, and have given up. I'm not sure if I should be upset or happy?

They were happy that I liked the yarn and all the other thigns, but I dont have the heart to tell them I'm afraid to try....

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7 replies since 21st February 2011 • Last reply 21st February 2011

Sorry you were not happy with your knitting suppllies, but give it a try.I love to knit simple things like a shurg or wash cloths.
Try doing swatches first that is what I did to learn, I never learned to do any thing complicated, but I have made sweaters and baby clothes..smile.

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Thank you PJ. After calling my grandma and giving a phone walkthrough I'm now able to vaguely knit a swatch... I'm making it longer for a thin scarf. Here goes nothing!

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lol oh if I could count all the gifts my parents gave me out of love that was oh-so wrong. My boyfriend's grandparents gave me their usual bath set this year for Christmas and it was peppermint scented! I smiled and pretended that I hadn't told them dozens of times over the years that I can't stand the smell of peppermint and thanked them for the gift. Then I went home and laughed about it with my mum because what else could I do? The bath set came in a purse and Grandma had thought I'd like the purse so it’s the thought that really counts I guess.

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Can you explain the difference? I don't know. I sew and paint. That's as far as I think my creative flow will travel. But I'd love to learn something new!

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I think if you can crochet you should definitely give knitting a go, yes it's very different but it's a simlar concept and I think you'd enojy it if you try Happy

I'm much better at crochet than knitting, but I'm just learning knitting now, I can see it becoming another crafting addiction very soon!

Darling Chelsea, the main difference I think is that you crochet with one hook to make the stitches, and with knitting you use 2 needles, crochet hooks and knitting needles are different and you make different stitches in each. It's really addictive once you get going, give it a try, I started with a book called 'Happy Hooker' and some magazines, and there's loads of tutorials on youtube as well

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I like crochet because it makes up really quickly and before you know it it's finished. Knitting takes time and the tension bit can be difficult at first.

I do both and enjoy both for different reasons. Crochet is brilliant for small lacy projects and big things like shawls. For years I could only do knit, purl, decrease and increase knitting. Since I developed CRPS I have been off work and trying to keep my hands working as physical therapy. I've taught myself to knit lace patterns with a lot of help from YouTube.

My first knitted thing was a scarf and then I was hooked....*pun intended*....Lol

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I'm the opposite; I can knitted but I can't crochet. I've tried and I just can't get it to look right.
If you want to learn knitting stitches, youtube is super helpful!

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