The Relationship between Knitting and Crochet: Swapping Tools

Just some more fodder concerning the relationship between knitting and crochet. In this particular instance, I show you how to crochet using knitting needles. It becomes apparent after only a few stitches that crochet hooks are indeed more apt to the job, but I find the fact that it’s completely possible to be fascinating. I feel this could be used somehow to combine the two mediums.

The following is a list of common crochet stitches converted to the best of my ability to knitting notation:

-Starting Chain: CO 1 (tie slip knot on to left needle), *K1, slip stitch back to left needle (untwisted)* repeat until desired length

-Chain Stitch: *K1, slip stitch back to left needle (untwisted)* repeat until desired length

-Slip Stitch: pick up 2 stitches, pass first stitch over second, *pick up stitch, pass right stitch over left stitch*

-Single Crochet: *pick up one stitch, k2tog tbl* repeat to end of row

-Half-Double Crochet: pick up one stitch, *yo, pick up stitch, k3tog tbl* repeat to end of row

-Double Crochet: pick up one stitch, *yo, pick stitch, slip 2 stitches to left needle, k2tog tbl, slip one stitch to left needle, k2tog tbl* repeat to end of row

-Treble Crochet: pick up one stitch, *yo twice, pick up stitch, slop stitch and one yo to left needle and k2tog tbl, slip second yo to left needle and k2tog tbl* repeat to end of row

Conversely, crochet hooks can be used to knit. Many Portuguese knitters in fact use knitting needles with very small hooks on the end. Additionally, though usually used by themselves, a pair of Tunisan crochet hooks could easily be used together in the same fashion as a pair of straight knitting needles. The hooked ends even have a slight benefit with certain techniques such as purling Continental or knitting Portuguese.

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