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knit versus crochet

  • Play Nice!

    Writer/illustrator/knitter Franklin Habit joins us for his monthly column on the life of a yarn crafter.

    I was at a yarn shop a few weeks ago, troubleshooting a thumb gusset in the company of those who understand the importance of good thumb gussets, when the topic of steeks came up.

    A steek, in case you haven’t run across the term before, is an opening cut into a piece of hand-knit fabric. There are many ways to create one, but they all end by taking scissors to your knitting. Snip! It gives some knitters the shakes to even contemplate this. It shouldn’t, but it does.

    That’s not what I want to write about today.

    I mentioned to the group that I’ve launched a class in which the students cut steeks, then sew zippers into the openings. Zipper installation is another thing that gives some knitters the shakes. It shouldn’t, but it does.

    That’s also not what I want to write about today.

    “I’d take that class,” said one of the junior knitters at the table. There was a murmur of agreement from the other junior knitters. The most junior shook her head. “I’d like to,” she said. “But I’m not good with a sewing machine.”

    “You don’t need a sewing machine,” I said. “In my class we use crochet to secure the edges.”

    “Forget it,” said the least junior knitter. “I don’t crochet.”

    “It’s only basic crochet,” I said. “Even if you haven’t done it before, you can pick this up in sixty seconds.”

    “No,” she said, under a slightly curled lip. “I don’t touch crochet hooks. Ever.”

    Several of the others–junior and senior–echoed her. No hooks. No hooks ever. Well, maybe to pick up dropped stitches. Never to crochet.

    “I don’t crochet,” she said. “I’m a knitter!”

    That’s what I want to write about today.

    Play Nice! An essay by Franklin Habit for Lion Brand

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