DIY Month Week 3: Knitting & Crochet

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Rolling right along into Week 3 of DIY September! Each week, we’ve been exploring a different crafting tradition, with resources and advice to help you try it yourself. We’ve looked at origami and jewellery-making already… this week, we turn to knitting and crochet!

Knitting is an age-old craft which is as useful and pervasive today as it was in ancient times. One of the earliest known examples of knitting is a pair of multi-coloured cotton socks, dating back to the Egypt at the end of the first millennium AD. Despite it’s contemporary cultural associations with women and the domestic sphere, it was originally a male-only occupation. Time to rediscover your roots, boys!

Crochet, like knitting, is a process in which yarn is woven in order to create a fabric. Unlike knitting, crochet uses only one hook instead of two needles. Similar effects can be achieved by knitting and crochet, but generally speaking crochet is more suitable before structured, three-dimensional items, while knitting is better for creating a softer drape and cloth with more give. Both crafts have legions of diehard supporters – some preferring one over the other, some, like us, finding it impossible to choose.

Knitting is a more common choice for beginners to pick up, and it’s great if you want to try making your own woolly accessories this winter. Just take a peek at the different types of looks you could attempt:

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If you want to try your hand at making soft toys, consider crochet. Amigurumi is a Japanese name for the trend of knitting small stuffed creatures like these. How cute are they?

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Of course you’re going to need some supplies to get you going. Grab your needles, your yarn and a beginner’s pattern to get you going:

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Be sure to keep checking the blog, Facebook, Twitter & Pinterest for more knit-tastic inspiration coming your way!

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