I’ve been considering taking up a new crafty hobby. Quilting is my first love, but I’d like to expand my craft choices a bit. My Grandma tried to teach me how to crochet when I was young, but I didn’t really have the patience for it. One and off, I’ve considered trying it out again but hardly got very far. Part of that may be because I don’t know what the heck I’m doing!!
I started an afghan 15 years ago, but it was taking up so much yarn that it was getting expensive and I didn’t like the way the sides looked. I always forgot how many stitches I had done on a row some of the rows probably have more than others!
I still have it and work on it here and there. Last year I decided I wanted to try to make a purse. Well, I liked the way the Sak purses looked so I thought, “why not? I can make one of those. It can’t be that hard.” So, off I went to crochet myself a purse. I liked the drawstring design so I had decided that’s what I was going with.
I have to say, I was happy with how it turned out. Considering I didn’t have a pattern and just made it up as I went, it actually didn’t look to bad! I even added different stitches to give it a striped look. I know…look at me getting all creative! lol…
I even added a small pocket on the inside for my cell phone.
The problem was the yarn stretched out after a while. It may be ok if I threw it in the washer, but I’m afraid it may come apart if I wash it!
So, here’s my delema, I want to either pick up crocheting again or get into knitting. Knitting looks nice when it’s done. The stitches look bigger and it looks like it would be easier to see what you’re doing than with crocheting. Plus the knitted afghans look a little softer than crocheted ones.
However, I love the texture of crocheted items. I also like the weight of a crocheted afghan. It just seems to take so long to crochet things.
What are your thoughts? Is Knitting easier than crocheting? You have two needles to work rather than one hook and that could be a bit difficult to keep up with. What do you think??