WIP's and Chain Stitches

New York Built's picture

I have another work in progress (WIP, to the acolytes among you) on the needles...and I have reached a decision point in my life.

Shall I remain a faithful knitter (tips that touch crochet shall never touch mine)? Or combine knitting and crochet (gasp!) perhaps committing apostacy...I avoid wrath whenever possible.

I must admit I like combining the best of both worlds. What would EZ do? What do you believe? Which side of this fair aisle are you on?

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Saint Elizabeth Z will

Saint Elizabeth Z will forgive us anything as long as it works. both knitting and crocheting are pulling loops through other loops, so do what you will ----aint no big ting, Mon!!!!

Tallguy's picture

And then there is Tunisian

And then there is Tunisian crochet.

And that thing they call CroKnit.
http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/forum-archive/read.php?1,14989,19096

Kerry's picture

http://www.knotjustknitting.c

http://www.knotjustknitting.com/gallery-prudence-mapstone.html
Have you ever had a look at the work of Prudence Mapstone?

Bill's picture

I took a class from her...and

I took a class from her...and have several of her books...she's lots of fun!
...I don't crochet at all...just fake it...but I was able to do free form knitting...

Kerry's picture

She and her husband usually

She and her husband usually have a stall at our annual Craft & Quilt Show, they seem nice people and easy to talk to.

New York Built's picture

Thank you, Bill and Kerry...I

Thank you, Bill and Kerry...I had forgotton that swirl of gold and blue, looking like a dramatic explosion unleashed by the Impressionists! Ms. Mapstone's work demands exploration! I will proceed without caution...

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

No harm in trying out new

No harm in trying out new directions for our craft/art. Go for it!

New York Built's picture

Joe, your wisdom is deep.

Joe, your wisdom is deep. Like here in New York...if you don't ask, you don't git.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Spare me my blushes...I just

Spare me my blushes...I just figure that if you don't like the result, you can always rip back. Thanks for the compliment.

pringer77's picture

If you do dabble....does that

If you do dabble....does that make you a bi-yarner?

New York Built's picture

I always called myself

I always called myself ambi-textilous. It feels so much better now that I know what’s wrong with me! It has a name!

TinkerJones's picture

I first learned to cast on

I first learned to cast on using a crochet hook and was taught by the same dude that crocheting was a way you can tighten up cast-on edge that ends up a bit loose. I never learned to crochet, however, but I keep a hook handy for emergencies. I say go for it. Hook 'em horns.

New York Built's picture

I like it! Book 'em, Allan!

I like it! Book 'em, Allan!

GLADDINGVANDERIPE's picture

Isn't there a casting on

Isn't there a casting on where you combine knitting with using a crochet hook? I originally started with crochet my maternal grm taught me the basics. Mom preferred it over knitting and did lots of fillet crochet work with those tiny hooks she use to warn me of running them into my hand and getting them caught, just like a fish hook.

Knitting and crochet differ

Knitting and crochet differ only in semantics to some people. In both Russian and Hebrew, the verb for knitting doesn't distinguish between the two (you have to specify what your instrument is if you want to make a distinction), and I wonder whether those people around the Mediterrean who purl with notched needles really think there's a difference.

New York Built's picture

You are so right. My sainted

You are so right. My sainted Celtic grandmother always said, "Saichel krigt men nisht oif di ber berzeh." Or maybe it was that lady at Zabar's? I can't tell the difference, either.

SAPBrown's picture

Knit and Crochet; Kind of

Knit and Crochet; Kind of like Pen-and-Ink and Water-Colors.
Both can produce wonderful pictures, but combined even more possibilities open up. Do not limit yourself.
The only "rule" I would follow: Enhancement, if it takes away frrom the goal, leave it out.

*rethinking my "sticks only, no hooks approach"

New York Built's picture

So wise. I was so blind, but

So wise. I was so blind, but now, I see.

New York Built's picture

So wise. I was so blind, but

So wise. I was so blind, but now, I see.

Tom Hart's picture

I committed apostasy close to

I committed apostasy close to 40 years ago now. It was a freeing experience.

Monsieur Le Crafty Andy combines knit and crochet to drop-dead effect...

New York Built's picture

Oh, Tom...I hear that and

Oh, Tom...I hear that and think of a life wasted...to my own fettered self. I will consult with Frere Andy and seek redemption.

New York Built's picture

You are quite right. Ms.

You are quite right. Ms. Vreeland was heard to say, “When I arrived in America, I had these very dark red nails which some people objected to, but then some people object to absolutely everything.” I shall bear your thought and her words, in mind!

New York Built's picture

You are quite right. Ms.

You are quite right. Ms. Vreeland was heard to say, “When I arrived in America, I had these very dark red nails which some people objected to, but then some people object to absolutely everything.” I shall bear your thought and her words, in mind!

Bill's picture

Please don't say you're doing

Please don't say you're doing this with acrylic.....

New York Built's picture

Fear not, Bill. This

Fear not, Bill. This summer-weight is in a fiber of Viscose, Linen, Silk, Nylon. I was "Seduce"-d by Berroco Yarns. Does that make me the dirty Whore of Babylon? I took a shower, so I guess I am just a dirty whore on the inside...

AKQGuy's picture

No, just The Whore of

No, just The Whore of Berroco" but we all still love you.

CLABBERS's picture

Don't think of combining

Don't think of combining knitting and crochet as apostasy. Consider it a new direction of one's doctrine. A doctrine that is not a fertile ground for evolution is simple theology. Adding new direction to one's doctrine could be considered divine! Even the Catholic archbishops are hoping that the new pope will give the religion a new, more contemporary focus. With doctrine that is 2012 years old, it's time to add a new stitch or two to its fabric. So, I say unto you, knit one, chain one, purl one, slip stitch, YO, insert DPNs, give them a good hook, and voila, you'll be "spinning a new yarn" and have some good stories to tell besides.

I found this book on Amazon. It looks interesting and might help you combine things.
http://www.amazon.com/Knit-Crochet-Combined-Best-Worlds/dp/0871162407

Enjoy,
Mark

New York Built's picture

I will keep an open mind on

I will keep an open mind on your recommendation and check out the book. The reader reviews were a bit...vitrolic. But there is always a kernal of truth...I will find it.

The Curia in Rome has it's work cut out for itself...Mea Maxima Culpa! I look forward to truth in all things.

Use as many techniques and

Use as many techniques and tricks as you can !! The crochet prejudice that was pressed onto EZ at an early age is the ONLY flaw in her stellar life and career. Think Diana Vreeland....EVERYTHING is not enough!!!