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Do you knit?

How many of you out there are knitters?

I learned to knit years ago, when I was in grad school. I’d wanted to make holiday gifts for my family and just as I was going to start, my old sewing machine finally broke down. While I waited for a new one to arrive, I taught myself to knit. The addiction took a quick hold.

I’m curious about the crossover between the sewing and knitting communities. To me, it seems like such a natural pairing. If you love texture, color, and textiles, knitting is the perfect compliment to sewing.

It’s slow, while sewing is (relatively) fast. It’s mobile, while sewing is definitely more stationary. It’s leisurely (usually), while sewing is more active.

And best of all, knitting can be a lot more communal. You can sit by a fireplace with a group of knitters and chat away while you work, something sewing doesn’t really facilitate.

Whenever I feel a little burned out on sewing, I find myself reaching for my knitting needles to get a textile fix.

If you’d like to find me, you can friend me on ravelry. Though I’ve been sporadic about updating, I’m trying to remember to post my projects there! Feel free to post your own ravelry info in the comments and maybe we can find each other?

(The sweater above is one I just made for my mom.)

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On , Dorien said:

I picked up knitting again two weeks ago, tempted by the pictures in a (very ’70s-styled) book I got from my Nana. I’m making a cardigan for my sister, who’s birthday is in 3 weeks. I hope she’ll like it!

On , Emily said: | esposetta.blogspot.com

I’d love to be a knitter, and I learned last fall. But I found that my hands just didn’t want to do it, and it hurt more than it was worth! I do a lot of hand-embroidery and quilting, in addition to sewing garments, but maybe, someday, my hands will figure themselves out and I’ll knit!

On , Sarai said: | colettepatterns.com

Have you thought about trying a different style of holding the needles and yarn? I learned to knit in the English style, but this year taught myself continental. It was hard to switch at first, but I like it much better now!

On , Emily said: | esposetta.blogspot.com

I haven’t! I was only taught one way (and can’t remember what that was) but it’s worth looking into. Thanks!

On , Karen T said: |

It also really depends on the kind of needles (straight vs circular vs double-points) and the gauge. Some people can’t comfortably hold large needles; others can’t comfortably hold small ones. I find straight needles much harder on my wrists than circulars.

On , melissa said: | fehrtrade.com

Nope, I have zero desire to knit! (Please tell me you’ll not be introducing knitting posts and diluting the wonderful sewing content here, right?) Yarn doesn’t absolutely nothing for me, and the length of time it takes to even check the fit just doesn’t appeal to me at all. And I’ve hardly got enough time for one crafty hobby in my life, let alone another!

On , Sarai said: | colettepatterns.com

I may post my own knitting projects occasionally, but no, I don’t have plans to turn this into a knitting blog.

As much as I love sewing, I’ve never been able to stick to only one hobby. I get burned out too easily.

On , nobutterfly said: | nobutterfly.blogspot.com

I knit, I do. You can find me on ravelry via nobutterfly. I like the platform to match my stash and my patterns, I like to chat and it helps me to be encouraged to continue when it’s not so great. I especially like the way you can see the pattern in another yarn, another colour,… very inspiring.

On , Sarai said: | colettepatterns.com

Yes, I am a big big fan of ravelry. It’s such a great site.

On , Shannon said: | about.me

I do knit as I can pick up and put down the projects and complete them over time. I would love to generate more momentum with my sewing, but I don’t have a lot of time to dedicate to it at the moment, and I have found that I made incredibly silly mistakes when I attempt to pick up and put down sewing projects. I need to do them from start to finish over a couple of days in order to be successful. I also find knitting to be incredibly calming to the mind, something I really value in these wacko times.

On , Sarai said: | colettepatterns.com

I’ve found that the soothing aspect is really valuable to me too. There’s something about the repetition mixed with technique that has just the right level of stimulation for me. Especially on a cold evening with friends and/or a fireplace.

On , Gail said: | gksagenda.blogspot.com

Knitting is my first love, and I discovered your blog, way back before you released your first patterns, after I came across your Buttercup Beret on Ravelry. You’ve made some lovely knitted items – I hope you do continue to update! Friended you just now ;-)

On , Sarai said: | colettepatterns.com

That is so cool. It was fun to make that pattern. I wish I had time to do more!

On , annette tirette said: | annettetirette.blogspot.com

I’ve started knitting a few years ago, simply because it was a skill I wanted to master, and I found out I rather like it! So far the biggest project I’ve ever tackled is a fourth Doctor scarf (around five meters long). I prefer simple things I can easily memorize and knit on the train or in front of a tv. Next up: socks!

On , Sarai said: | colettepatterns.com

I’ve only gotten into socks this year, but they’re so fun! I want to make lots more. Mostly I do sweaters, with the occasional hat or scarf.

On , Zanda said: | radosapuse.blogspot.com

Ou yes, I started to knit in childhood, at school times I was very big knitter, because our family could not afford sewing machine. There is my ravelry account http://www.ravelry.com/people/bahaz . Now I am bigger seamstress than knitter.

On , Stephanie said: | star-spangledheart.blogspot.com

I do knit! I have to be in the right mood for it (which the gloomy weather is giving me the knitting bug) but it is a nice change of pace from sewing.

On , Kristin said: | missvintagegirl.blogspot.com

I started knitting a year ago in August. I had been wanting to try it for quite a while but held back because…did I really need another crafty hobby? I did. :) I still feel very much like a beginner and I’ve mostly only made scarves, hats, and fingerless gloves so far. But I’d love to try a sweater this winter. I love movies and rewatching my favorite TV on DVD, so it’s nice to have another hobby that I can do while watching (like embroidery).

Right now I’m knitting up a couple of Christmas gifts. I’ve also recently become interested in spinning and natural dyeing, and I’m learning to spin on a drop spindle. I’m on Ravelry as SewTechnicolor.

On , Sarai said: | colettepatterns.com

Really cool, I haven’t tried spinning yet but would love to learn.

On , Rachel said:

I just started spinning too! I have been knitting and crocheting since I was a kid but I went to the Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool festival last month and fell in love with some hand dyed fiber so I got a drop spindle (since switched to a trindle nano because I only do lace weight). It’s also very calming and portable. I go back and forth because it does add a lot of work before you can even START a project, but this wool was so beautiful I think it’s worth it. And it’s much cheaper.

I friended you on Ravelry and am launching my own knitting pattern design company Wheatpenny Designs. It’s a slow process but I’m having fun!

On , Stitched Together said: | stitchedtogether.co.uk

I agree that the two crafts seem to complement each other. There are also skills learnt in one craft that help in the other. I started sewing because I wanted to line my knitted and felted bags. I got hold of my Mum’s old sewing machine and haven’t looked back. Well apart from being held away from the machine with bad health, but at least I have knitting for when that happens. I’m http://www.ravelry.com/people/Stitched-Together.

On , Sarai said: | colettepatterns.com

I totally agree that there are many transferable skills between the two. I’ve learned a lot about fiber through knitting, especially wool and how it likes to be treated. And there are NUMEROUS sewing skills you can use in knitting.

On , eve said:

Yes! And a wannabe fab sew-er, so I follow your blog and sew-a-longs for courage and incentive.

On , Krista said:

Oh yes–been knitting since I was 6 years old. I especially like to knit smaller projects that I can carry with my on the subway.

On , Carla said:

Yessss I am a knitter more than a sewer! I knit with needles and crotchet since I can remember, I guess as a little girl it was easier for grandma to teach me (I was not allowed to use the sewing machine) but I sew and embroidered by hand. They are all very fulfilling and rewarding.

On , Corvus said: | corvustristis.wordpress.com

I knit and sew! I’ve tried to pick up crochet multiple times, but failed every one of them. I also draw and embroider (another good combination, because then I can draw my own embroidery patterns then post them on my blog because I never get around to embroidering everything I want to, and maybe someone else will).

I’m Corvus on Ravelry.

On , Sarai said: | colettepatterns.com

Embroidery is another skill I’d like to return to. I did a lot when I was a kid!

On , Kim said: | punkmik.wordpress.com

I crochet! I can knit really basic stuff but crochet is my other realm of craftyness!

On , Michelle D said: | nakedgreyhound.blogspot.com

I consider myself a knitter first, then everything else after. :-) I taught myself knitting about 10 years ago. I love everything about it. And the same reasons I love knitting are the same reasons I loving sewing. Both are very magical to me and I love the continual learning process. I’m on Ravelry…my username is MicNanDec.

On , Hannairina said: | nordic100.blogspot.com

I do knit and also made my master thesis about using hand knitted upholstery. Most of the time I find knitting more relaxing than sewing, as it can be done in much smaller space and doesn’t require that much equipment.

I enjoy small, seamless projects (like mittens and socks) and hate sewing sweaters together. I have one cardigan and one sweater sitting in my bookshelf, waiting for sewing. Next time I take up a project like that I’ll knit it in one piece.

On , Sarai said: | colettepatterns.com

Agreed. If something can be knit in the round, it is about 10 times more appealing. I don’t know why.

On , Jessie said:

I agree, but I think it’s so funny that people who love to sew nonetheless hate sewing up sweaters! I guess it’s hand sewing, which is a whole different ballgame.

On , Sarai said: | colettepatterns.com

It really is. I usually put off hand sewing too, unless I’m really in the mood for it.

On , Jennifer said: | jnfr.co.uk

yep I’m a knitter, I taught myself a few years ago and soon became addicted. I learned to sew because I soon wanted to make a nice skirt or dress to go with something I’d knitted so I could complete the vision in my head and now over the last year or so I’ve been teaching myself to crochet (although I haven’t gotten to the garment creating stage yet) and I look forward to the day I combine all 3 into a single project.
I’m petitchoufleurs on Ravelry which has been an invaluable resource when learning to knit and crochet

On , Ginny said: | buttons-and-bobbins.blogspot.co.uk

I learned to knit last year, and have always had at least one project on the needles since. I knit primarily from vintage patterns, both for myself and my daughter, as well as gift knitting (which I really must make a start with for Christmas). I crochet too. To me, the two crafts of knitting and sewing complement each other perfectly not only because they allow me to make a full wardrobe, but because of the differences in actually doing them. Sewing is a very active, involved activity; it demands full attention as you’re sitting at the machine, it’s noisy (on my machine at least) and as you say, is stationary so you’re isolated in one spot while you do it. With knitting you can do it while watching tv, while travelling, or in social settings without feeling like you’re setting yourself aside from the situation or drowning out conversation. For me, this means sewing is a daytime activity, and knitting is for the evenings. Perfect balance.

On , Heather in Oregon said:

My brother learned to knit in a class when he was in middle school and I was in high school and came home and taught me. I practiced it for a few weeks and then it fell by the wayside. Twelve years ago when my first marriage was falling apart and I needed something soothing that could provide some focus and distraction so I picked up the needles again and never looked back. Knitting was my first love and sewing grew out of that. Since having children I get far less knitting accomplished but I still always have something (or 3) on the needles.

On , Tasha said: | blog.bygumbygolly.com

The sweater looks lovely! Oh yes, I am a huge knitter. I knit far more (and am much more capable) knitting than sewing. In fact I would probably spend more time sewing were it not for my love of knitting (it helps that knitting can be done lounging on the sofa). As I start to sew more, I do find myself thinking of outfits I can try to plan based on both sewing and knitting projects!

On , Sarai said: | colettepatterns.com

It would be fun to see more projects that combine the two skills, don’t you think? I keep thinking about making a crochet lace yoke for a silk blouse I want to sew. It would be fun to do some projects like that.

On , Melissa said:

Yes, I’m a knitter as well as a seamstress too, and have dabbled in crochet, but I don’t enjoy that as much. My grandma taught me to knit when I was about 6, herself only having learnt when my mum was pregnant with me. I really started knitting properly when friends became pregnant and I do prefer to knit baby things (probably because it is quicker). I find these days that I tend to knit more in winter (I currently have a layering cardi, for me, on my needles) although in recent years, I have started taking some knitting with me to do whilst watching my sons play cricket. I’m contemplating knitting a rug next. I’ve found Ravelry a year or so ago and it is a fabulous source of patterns. I’m really wanting to try socks as I need to master knitting in the round.!

On , Sarai said: | colettepatterns.com

A rug! That sounds so ambitious.

Knitting in the round is super easy, though double pointed needles take a little getting used to.

On , Lieke said:

I knit since five years and only recently started sewing. I find the combination perfect, in the ways you describe it. What frustrates me at the moment is that I’m pretty good at knitting and not so good at sewing (yet). I wish my sewing projects would be as wearable as my knitting projects, but practice makes perfect.
I’m Liek on Ravelry!

On , Sarai said: | colettepatterns.com

I think it’s much, much faster to become a confident and competent knitter. I feel like sewing takes a fair bit longer to master, for some reason. I think it’s because even the basics take a lot of practice. With knitting, once you can knit and purl you can do almost anything!

On , Amie said: | letsbeamie.wordpress.com

Yep, I’m a knitter! I’ve been clicking with two sticks for onto 6 years now. I started in second year of undergrad, because I wanted to make some affordable Christmas presents for the family. Now those presents are made with some better quality yarn and more intricate designs, but I love making them

I’m going to find you on Ravelry. I’m ecochic.

On , Anne said: | schnitzelbahn.com

I started knitting last year and am loving it. I often have 3+ hour train trips for work and love that I can bring knitting with me. It keeps me occupied, but a simple scarf doesn’t require as much attention as reading or working.
On this morning’s trip, I made some good progress on my first sweater attempt and have a long list of projects lined up. So many great patterns and yarn available in the stores and online!

On , colleen said:

Yep. I’ve been more into knitting this fall then sewing. Currently working on a beautiful sweater from Ysolda Teague (Snow White). Need to start on making hats for gifts and I finally WILL FINISH THE PAIR OF SOCKS I STARTED THREE YEARS AGO.

On , Sarai said: | colettepatterns.com

Yes! I love Ysolda’s work (and she’s made some Colette Patterns herself, as I’ve seen on her blog!)

On , Samina said:

I first learned to sew in college, many moons ago, but let it lapse & didn’t get back to it until last year. I’ve been an avid knitter for over 10 years, & I consider myself a knitter first & foremost. I love the whole process & it keeps me sane in a mad world. I just spun my first bit of yarn (badly) this weekend, so there’s more fiber fun in my future!

I friended you on Ravelry. My Rav ID is my name.

On , Claire Leach said:

Lovely stitchwork! I have been knitting for about 35 years, that is to the extent where I always need something on the needles! Sewing since 2009. I think they really complement each other.
I love designers like Kim Hargreaves – I think it is the slightly vintagey feel that Colette patterns also captures so well. Lately I have been doing some ‘tams’ by Kate Davies, and have just started on a cardi with a fairisle yoke for one of my daughters. I couldn’t resist one tam called ‘Neepheid’ – Scottish for ‘Turnip Head’. Another called ‘Caller Herrin’ based on herring scales has gone to my daughter in Toronto, a little reminder of home.
One of my daughters knits fairisle etc, two knit a little – and the fourth never mastered knitting but does fantastic crochet including fine lacework.
I haven’t posted on Ravelry in ages but I am ‘Soupdragon’ on Ravelry and Sewing Pattern Review.
I must admit I relax with knitting and watch TV at the same time. With sewing I can just listen to the radio.

On , Sarai said: | colettepatterns.com

I admire Kim Hargreaves work very much. There are a lot of great designers in that realm.

I like fair isle too. I’ve also done some playing around with Icelandic knitting, but I need to give it another go. I have a massive book I purchased in Iceland full of amazing color charts.

On , Nancy said:

I crochet at an advamced “sweater/afghan/doily” level, and I’ve tried knitting several times. I’d love to knit, but I wind up holding the needles like crochet hooks (hard to explain), so it just never works out. Knit looks and feels so much more elegant to me, but I suppose I’m forever a CHAINER and never a KNITPURLER.

On , Merry said: | young-broke-and-fabulous.blogspot.com

How very timely! Just the other day I decided that I wanted to learn how to knit! The next time I get paid, I plan on buying the Stitch N’ Bitch book and the necessary supplies.

On , Gail Ann Thompson said:

My grandmother, an immigrant from Denmark, taught me to knit in the early 1950’s before I was old enough to attend kindergarten.
I love it!
I’ve knitted through every adversity life has thrown at me.
The feel of pure wool drawn through my fingers has always been an indescribable pleasure. Easing anxiety, calming, cheering, joyful, and productive.
Now, retired, I probably spend 3 hours a night knitting. I wouldn’t trade the skill for any amount of money. Those charming, ancient pattens, from between the World Wars flow effortlessly from my needles.
That said….. My grandmother was a very harsh and demanding teacher!
Yes, my stitching is impeccable, but I’d never want any child to learn the craft the way I was taught. I never taught my own daughter to knit, just because I didn’t know any other way to teach, except fiercely. I told her to pay someone else to teach her. She never did, and that makes me sad.

On , shannon said: | adventuresinordinary.wordpress.com

That’s a lovely sweater! Knitting is what led me to sewing, actually (my reasoning was along the lines of: if I can make the fabric, imagine what I can make if I start with pre-made fabric!!). I love both even though they’re such different paces. I also crochet (mostly stuffed animal toys…easy, adorable, and durable!) I’m on ravelry under velorutionista.

On , Jess said: | sometimessewist.wordpress.com

Beautiful sweater! While sewing is my first love, knitting took over for a few years as my predominant craft. Love ‘em both. Totally going to friend you on Ravelry now! :)

On , Signe Marie said:

I am a knitter, too. And I can feel as I progress in my sewing that my real fiber love is wool. I like sewing, I love how fast it is compared to knitting/spinning/weaving, but I adore the simplicity of knitting. Just two sticks and some yarn and you can produce anything your heart desires. All you need is imagination and skills. Sewing is much more refined, which is both good and bad. I crochet and drops spindle spin as well, but not seriously yet. I hope to take a weaving class next year, we have a huge weaving loom in the family that begs to be used. Maybe spinning on a spinning wheel will be my next adventure. I friended you on Rav, my name is signemare.

On , Lauren said: | lladybird.wordpress.com

I love knitting! For all the reasons you mentioned – the portability, the slowness (gotta get my money’s worth out of that $50+ of yarn, yes? :)) and the social aspect. I love that I can curl up on the couch & knit while I’m watching TV with my boyfriend – that doesn’t work so well with sewing! And of course, I love that gap in my wardrobe that knitting has filled – and allows me to wear the lovely wools that I otherwise can’t really afford in RTW (assuming you can find them, anyway. It seems like everything is acrylic these days, boo!). Sweaters for dayssss!!!

I friended you on Ravelry! My username is lladybird :)

On , Merry said: | young-broke-and-fabulous.blogspot.com

!!!!!!
I started following your blog last week and it’s part of what pushed me to decide to learn how to knit! Your sweaters are lovely!

On , Sarai said: | colettepatterns.com

Yes, totally! Especially useful for people who live in climates where you wear sweaters 9 months out of the year. Sigh.

On , My said: | maellevintagedresses.com

I learned how to knit and sew around the same age, when I was about 10, and have been sewing and knitting simultaneously ever since. I love the contrast between the two and I’m now part of a knitting group that meets once a month to gossip, drink wine and knit for a few hours. It’s such a bonding experience creating, inspiring each other and developing our skills as a community.

On , Helen said: | sewstylish.blogspot.com

I love knitting and sewing equally. Sometimes I don’t have the energy to sew, so I curl up on the sofa and knit. I am always making something. And I will admit that I like the freedom it gives me to create an entire outfit. For example, I sewed a Lily dress in Liberty lawn and have also knitted a cardigan to match which means I can wear my dress more often!

I friended you on Ravelry. My username is Helensewstylish.

On , Ms Cleaver said: | mscleaver.com

I not only knit, I design knitting patterns. I like the interplay you mentioned between mobility (knitting) and speed (sewing) and I knit (and occasionally sew!) with the greatest group of ladies in Maine. I’m on Ravelry here: http://www.ravelry.com/people/mscleaver

On , Lucinda said:

I also and knit. I probably knit more because of the portability and social aspects. I often knit sweaters to coordinate with the skirts I sew (I also make knitted skirts and love them). I’m working on Ceylon right now – I am fitting a muslin before I cut out the navy linen. I may have several sweaters that will work with this dress. I don’t make sleeveless dresses because of my mature figure, but a great sweater solves that problem year round.

On , Cyndi said:

How wonderful to know that you knit, also! My daughter taught me 4 years ago so I am much better at knitting than sewing at this point but improve at both every project.
cyndi-ccaj on Ravelry if anyone wants to find me or my projects (although the list needs to be updated!)

On , Pam said: | anotiontosew.blogspot.com

Hi Sarai, we met at Sewing Summit. Again, your lecture was worth the price of admission for the whole weekend!!! I play at knitting. I learned to knit a ouple years ago, but have yet to complete a project. I do, however, crochet and I usually have a crochet project going at all times. As you comment, “when I get burned out on sewing” I like to sit down and crochet. Plus it is portable.

On , Sarai said: | colettepatterns.com

Hi Pam! Thanks for the kind words! I’m starting to get more into crochet too. I have some incredible japanese crochet pattern books that I’d really like to put to good use!

On , Michelle said: | willknitforfood.com

Knitting is my favorite child. You will never catch me without a knitting project in my purse- who knows when you might get stuck in a long line, caught in a waiting room or delayed on the train. I agree with all your points on the appeal of knitting; further, I think knitting allows a lot more creative freedom than sewing does. Once a knitter learns the fundamentals, she can very easily make modifications and customize existing patterns or apply those skills to developing new designs. Plus, it’s really forgiving; if you don’t get gauge, you can always rip back and try again.

On , Sarai said: | colettepatterns.com

I think that’s both liberating and frustrating about knitting. You can easily rip back and start again… but all those hours of work!

I actually think knitting has taught me a LOT of patience with sewing. If something isn’t working out, I don’t freak. I just take a deep breath and start again.

On , Donna said: | niddetissus.blogspot.fr

That’s a beautiful sweater for your Mom! I’ve been knitting a lot longer than I’ve been sewing. My boss taught me in 2000 and since then I haven’t put down the needles. ;) I’m donnahensley on Ravelry.

On , Sarai said: | colettepatterns.com

Thanks, I liked the pattern a lot, so it’s highly recommended! It looks great on her too.

On , kate said:

That is a beautiful sweater. I, too, find knitting and sewing a natural pairing. Both lovely yarns and fabrics make me very happy. I have started out with knitting and have only taken up sewing properly in the last few years. I’ve found that each complement the others for me. Knitting has helped me to have the patience to take care with the details of sewing (as well as being inspired by your blog), whereas sewing helps me to take more care with finishing my knitted garments.

On , Cami Henry said: | randomobsessionsofcami.blogspot.com

Hello! I’ve been following your blog for a while now! It’s so inspirational!
I’m sewing girl.. also a knitter, spinner (and too many other hobbies!) But when i get tired of sewing it’s usually knitting i reach for first!
I actually made my mother this Exact sweater last winter! It was a beautiful pattern and i quite want to make myself a yoked sweater now!
Thank you for your lovely blog I really enjoy reading it, (though i may not comment all the time! )
Blessings, Cami

On , Sarai said: | colettepatterns.com

Aww, thanks Cami. How funny that you made one for your mom too! I agree, it was a lovely pattern.

On , Amanda said: | mandolinthemirthful.blogspot.com

Of course! I’ve long lamented the fact that no other single sewing website/social media platform compares to what Ravelry offers to knitters– a place to organize and digitize their supplies, connect with people with similar interests/hobbies, and forums for feedback on projects. I love individual blogs like these and I use patternreview.com regularly, but those just don’t compare. My best friends in Seattle were found on a Ravelry meet-up group, and since a few of us are interested in sewing we’ve added a thread for just that within our forum. We’ve even reserved large rooms at the library for day-long sewing meet-ups!

On , Sarai said: | colettepatterns.com

Yep, a sewing version of ravelry would sure be nice. I’m a big fan, and I’ve heard such nice things about the folks that run it too.

On , gabriel ratchet said:

yes! both. and there’s an eight shaft loom and a wheel in the studio, too….

On , Paige said:

I studied costume design in college but was not very good on the machine, I was never patient enough or a perfectionist. I ended up being the researcher and head ironing mistress. Years later I was introduced to knitting and then taught myself. I even bought two sheep that live in my backyard. A year ago I began sewing again and find I have developed more patience from knitting. Knitting is such a great project to toss into a bag and work periodically on. 15 minutes can get you 5 new rows. I’m on ravelry and the screen name is foggygardens.

On , Anna B said:

Yep, I knit AND sew. Gotta admit that I love knitting a little bit more, but that’s probably because I’m better at it than I am at sewing. Sewing always makes me feel like I’m in a rush to finish, while knitting can take however long it’s going to take. Much more relaxing for me.

On , Kate said: | gruenekleider.wordpress.com

I learned knitting, crochet and sewing at (about) the same time, starting in 3rd grade.

Sewing an knitting serve a different purpose. I tend to sew to close gaps in my wardrobe or because I just need a new dress for event x. Knitting (and crochet) though is process oriented. It keeps my hands busy. It calms me down when I’m upset. But I don’t ever sit down ‘just’ to knit. If a cardigan takes me a month or sometimes two or three.. oh well!

On , Jodi said: | chicacraft.blogspot.com

I love the idea of knitting and have great respect and appreciation for it – but I don’t knit, nor do I have any desire to learn…to me it seems too hard and complicated to have to keep track of all your stitches and learn how to read patterns…more of a left brained, mathematical skill (which I lack)!

Sewing is my true love. I’ve been sewing since I was 10 and enjoy all types, including quilting…

On , Sarai said: | colettepatterns.com

I admit that the patterns can look like moon-man language before you learn to read them, but it’s not that hard at all!

On , Andrea said: | stitchparade.com

I taught myself to knit while in law school after deciding to make a handmade gift for my husband (then boyfriend). After I finished my first scarf I never stopped. I remember staying up way past my bedtime knitting just.one.more.row! Two years after I started knitting learned how to sew – the rest is history. I tend to sew when I’m feeling energized and to knit when I need to relax or when I feel like crafting in a group. You can find me on Ravelry here: http://www.ravelry.com/people/StitchParade

On , Sarai said: | colettepatterns.com

It’s so funn how many of us have the same story about learning to knit in order to make gifts as (I’m guessing) broke grad students.

On , Sara said:

I’m a knitter and a sewer! I’ve toyed off and on with the idea of designing sewing patterns and knitting patterns that complement each other and are meant to be worn together.

On , Marisa said: | fatbuttongirl.blogspot.com

Oh yes, Knitting and sewing do go hand in hand! I’ve been a knitter with few sewing skills for years. Only recently i’ve resolved to be a more active sewer and have a nice marriage between the two! The sweater you made your mom is beautiful!!

On , Abfabulies said: | abfabulies.com

I knit and crochet, especially “on location”. I take my knitting along on the train, or when I’m up for some straight knitting, I do it in front of the telly. Makes me feel less like a couch potato :-)

On , MarrieB said: | purlsandpleats.wordpress.com

I knit and sew too! I love them both and wish I had more free time because I feel like my knitting has taken a back seat to sewing lately. I’m knittedup on Ravelry.

On , Juli said: | julispicksandstitches.blogspot.com

I knit, sew, crochet, embroider, spin (a little),–if it involves fiber, I probably do it. I love to work with my hands. I am on Ravlery as well: http://www.ravelry.com/people/juli1961

On , Amanda said:

Knitting is my main hobby. Although, I first learned about the same time (age nine) as I picked up sewing. But, I learned knitting more informally at first and couldn’t do much where as with relatively little experience sewing I was able to churn out large projects quickly. When I returned to knitting at 16, it became my number one hobby. I’d consider myself an advanced knitter, while I’m more of an intermediate sewist.

On , Amanda S. said:

I knit, sew, crochet, smock, embroider and quilt. I learned to sew at 10 and knit at 14, the two things I spend most of my crafting time doing. Right now I am loving improving my knitting skills and working with more complicated patterns and good quality fiber. (I learned on acrylic yarn and cheap needles from a library book). Portability does play a role in the amount of time I spend knitting. My next ambition is to find a fabric I love so I can make my own version of Anise.

On , mARY said:

Guess you got your answer…sewing and knitting do seem to tick similar boxes for those with a love of fiber. When the hurricane caused a power outage on Monday, which at my house occured just as I was about to thread my sewing machine, it meant I had to change over to a different kind of needle-@ddis-and start knitting a hat. No electricty required.

Hoping the power comes back on soon for others impacted by the storm.

On , Jess said: | jesskuz.com

I knit almost daily! It’s easier for me because it takes up less space than sewing. When I sew, I have to plan it very well so that I can have my sewing machine taking over the dining room table for a few days. I also carry knitting with me at all times – socks are always ready to go in my purse!

On , Lauren said: | musingsofaflowerchild.blogspot.com

I knit! I first learned how when I was about 6, but just this year I have begun to expand my stitch knowledge. I just finished a cabled shrug yesterday, my first actual garment! Knitting is such a relaxing hobby. I carry mine to classes with me, and always find myself working on a project after a long day.

On , Dana said:

I do not knit. I took up sewing about a year ago as a way to learn to do my own alterations and when I have the time, have enjoyed creating clothing and other things. I don’t know if I want to learn to knit right now. Maybe in the future but right now, still learning to get beyond the fundamentals of sewing is enough for me.

On , Nicole said:

Yes! Everything you said is so true:) yarn stash & fabric stash side by side.
Both are meditative and deeply centering and satisfying to my soul.
I’m bontemps on ravelry:) oh, and my daughter’s name is Colette;)

On , frk.bustad said: | frkbustad.blogspot.com

I learned to knit and sew when I was a kid, and kept both crafts going. The knitting has been more on and off after I started sewing for real, but I love having the knowledge of knitting accessories for the clothes I make. However, I knit slowly, and always in front of the tellie watching tv-series, so usually I stick to simple projects.
I’m http://www.ravelry.com/people/frkbustad

On , Holly said: | hollyklein.blogspot.com

The sweater you made is gorgeous! I love knitting, and more recently it’s taken hold of me more than sewing, as you said for its portability (so nice when the baby sleeps in the car or stroller, to take out the needles for a few rows). Knowing how to sew has helped me so much in my knitting, in that sometimes it feels like I’m making the pattern pieces to which I’m already familiar (raglan vs. set-in sleeve, etc). I also sometimes finish my knitting on the sewing machine, a trick I learned from an (expert) Scandanavian!

On , Sara said:

I learned to knit when I was a little kid, but I really only picked it up in grad school. A lot of weeks, keeping my hands busy was the only way that I could get through all my reading without throwing it across the room!

Sewing has been a more recent hobby for me. I learned how to handsew when I was in middle/high school, but that never went beyond the extent of repairing my goodwill finds. My boyfriend bought me a sewing machine several years ago, and it finally got to the point where it was taking up too much space, and it was either use it, or toss it. I only really started sewing last month, but I’ve been reading up (including your blog) for quite some time.

As the poster above mentioned (only in reverse!), I feel like my knitting knowledge has helped me understand how fabric and different materials behave, and how pattern pieces fit together to make garments.

My rav id is reapergirl.

On , Lynn Hossack said:

Love this sweater! Just wondering what the pattern is. I love to knit, I sew during the day and knit to relax in the evenings. Beautiful job, your Mom is very lucky!

On , Sarai said: | colettepatterns.com

Here’s a link to the pattern. I used Cascade Soft Spun for it (can’t remember the colorway, unfortunately!): http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/us/pattern.php?id=4098&lang=us

On , knitmo said:

I am an avid knitter, and have been for more than 5 years. I knit anything and everything. I tend to have multiple projects going on. I like that it is a bit more “social” so I can sit and knit while watching TV or go to a knitting group.

Now that it is getting to be winter in Iowa, there isn’t a day that goes by that I am not wearing at least one hand-knit or one hand sewn item. Some days there are more than one piece each!

I’m knitmo on Ravelry, too.

On , Tasha said: | tashamillergriffith.com

Basically, I knit when I can’t sew – while traveling or sitting with friends, etc. I agree with everything you said about the differences between the two. I’ll use the small and portable advantages of knitting, but sewing is still my first passion, I love it’s active nature and the (relatively!) quick time from idea to finished product, it just keeps my creative juices flowing.

On , Anne Sharkey said: | tulleandtweed.com

How timely. I’ve been asked by my son to make him a beanie hat. I was an avid knitter 20 years ago but stopped when children were young, couldn’t get into the right frame of mind. Always feel this time of year lends itself to knitting, cosy evenings in by the fire, bliss

On , Sarai said: | colettepatterns.com

So true. Plus there are so many incredible resources for knitters online now, which I think makes it even more appealing.

On , emily rose said: | takofibers.com

I’m emilyrose on ravelry! I am pretty sure I added you to a rav friends a while ago. hooray knitting!

On , Jess said: | jmcconnelldesign.com

I really love that sweater! The pattern is so pretty and I love the color! I don’t knit (yet), but I taught myself how to crochet last year for basically the same reason. I wasn’t able to sew for a period of time, so I decided to learn to crochet instead. One hook’s given me enough trouble – I don’t know if I can step up to two and learn to knit quite yet. I’m ScratchDesigner on Ravelry :)

On , Tara said:

I knit/crochet and sew! Knitting and crocheting is a bit easier for me, but it is time consuming. I like the relative instant gratification of sewing, but I get slowed down by the different steps – cutting, sewing, fitting, whatnot. I usually end up going back and forth between the two and have one or two longer term projects for each. http://www.ravelry.com/people/soybean589

On , Laura said:

I love knitting! I actually just finished my first pair of socks! So fun. I agree with you about getting burnt out easily…I switch between knitting, sewing, and embroidery. I pretty much always have multiple projects going at once. I’m Engineer14 on Ravelry, I just added you!

On , Ginger said: | gingermakes.wordpress.com

I love to knit, too! I taught myself a few years ago when it seemed like everyone I knew was having a baby– I wanted to be able to make special, but affordable, baby gifts! So many people with knitting blogs are also sewists, so it wasn’t long before I decided I needed to learn how to sew, too!

On , Amanda said: | bimbleandpimble.blogspot.com

I’m just learning how to knit now. I had always been sceptical of it but found I was needing a craft fix some days at lunch at work to have a destress. In the end what has won me around was buying good quality wool in a beautiful colour rather than the cheap acrylic blends I can buy in KMart. There’s something quite soothing about sitting in the sun and chatting with my friend at lunch while I’m making something lovely and soft. Let’s see how project two goes *fingers crossed*

On , Teresa said:

yes I am a knitter also! i’ve been a knitter much longer than I have been sewing, and consider myself a novice at the latter. I learn so much from you, Sarai!
you may find me here on ravelry:

http://www.ravelry.com/people/seashoreknits

and I am heading there now to friend you! it will be great to see you there.
My time on ravelry has really decreased since I have been spending more time practising sewing!

On , Chelsea said: | tinywithdetail.blogspot.com

I learned to sew when I was a kid, but I didn’t learn to knit until I was in college. I love sewing but I like that you can pick up knitting and take it along with you, or work on it while watching a movie or on a long bus ride. Sewing is so much more active, you have to give it your full attention, where as knitting is more meditative. I recently started trying to use up some of my small leftover bits of yarn making slightly mismatched socks while I am at work. I sit at a computer and answer phones all day so its really a perfect job for knitting

On , Alice said:

I do knit, too. I usually bite off way more than I can chew!! Then I drop it in frustration, only to pick it up 2 years later when I find someone to help me. Right now I’m finally completing a little v-neck pullover vest that is covered with tiny cables and a difficult decrease to keep the cables going around the v-neck. It took me 1 year to complete a pair of socks! But I’m going to keep at it now I”ve found A Verb for Keeping Warm in Oakland. Hand made knits are the very thing to wear with the clothes we make.

On , Charlotte said: | seamrippedblog.wordpress.com

I’m far too tense a person to knit. Every time I cast on the yarn is so tight I can’t get the second needle in! Must practice.

On , Beth said:

I taught myself to knit when I was 15 and it was my first really successful craft. I absolutely love the juxtaposition of knitting and sewing. I knit to keep my hands busy while I watch a movie or chat with friends and I sew when I have concentrated free time to myself. Knitting and sewing are very yin and yang for my creative self and I like that when I want to make a point of wearing me-made items I have both knit and sewn garments to choose from.

On , Cherie said:

I’ve tried knitting. I really have. I can knit a scarf, but that’s about it. When I have tried to make a project using a pattern, I can’t figure out how the patterns work. For some reason, my brain just doesn’t get it. Now, sewing is a different story. I love sewing. And even when I don’t get a pattern direction/concept right away, I will get it eventually. Good topic, by the way!

On , Juliette said:

I’ve been knitting for longer than I’ve been sewing. I love it but it does become an obsession with me. I also find that I don’t often wear what I knit – whereas I actually do wear some of what I sew.

On , Rachel said: | jacobiterose.blogspot.com

Why yes I do, thank you :) My Mum taught me to crochet, my Nan to knit and my Mum to sew… and I have 4th generation of both in the house too ;)
The cardigan is quite lovely, I am sure your mother will love it!

On , kittee said: | kitteekake.blogspot.com

What a gorgeous sweater, Sarai!
xo
kittee

On , Sarai said: | colettepatterns.com

Thanks Kittee!

On , Anna said: | bloglessanna.wordpress.com

Until recently, I dabbled at knitting making scarves, cowls, and beanies, and then I purchased a knitting machine. I’ve attended two workshop – making a cowl and a fancy cardigan (blogged about here – http://bloglessanna.wordpress.com/2012/10/03/doublet-redux), and I’ve found a new crafting love that brings me as much joy as sewing. Happy days…

On , Sarai said: | colettepatterns.com

I would love to try my hand at machine knitting! Your sweater looks lovely.

On , Sara said:

I disagree with only one thing – the speed of sewing versus knitting. For me they are about the same speed. A sweater you only have to sew a seam once – 0 times if it’s in the round. A sewn seam has to be sewn, pressed four times, and then if you are covering your seams with bias tape, sewn up to four more times. Also the portability of knitting also helps make knitted projects progress faster. I do find that knitting is more expensive. I don’t hate sewing with and wearing polyester and cheaper fabrics, but I just can’t stand knitting with acrylic, etc. Also I can usually find good fabric at thrift stores, but never yarn. With sewing it’s easy to see if you have enough fabric for a project, just lay your pattern pieces over your fabric – it’s harder to guestimate with yarn. It’s also harder to use vintage knitting patterns than sewing patterns, because yarns have been discontinued and knitting terms have changed.

On , Sarai said: | colettepatterns.com

Well, I’m not the world’s fastest knitter and I’m a pretty fast seamstress, so there’s that. Sweaters routinely take me 1-3 months to finish.

On , Ann said: | sassyseamstress2.blogspot.com

I have been a seamstress for almost 30 years now. I learned to crochet as a child around 8 and always thought knitting was too hard. About 10 years ago we lived near a family who was dutch. I had tried to teach myself to knit without much success. She taught me the continental method, explaining a few things as we progressed. It was a revelation. I love it now!! The dutch, she said, learn to knit in the second grade together at school. : )

On , Josie said: | josiesews.blogspot.com

I learned to both knit and sew as a girl and love them both. I had focussed on sewing for a few years as I made my own work clothes but I recently had a baby and my former sewing room is now a nursery (but I’m not complaining). Right now I mostly knit in the evenings but I really miss my sewing machine! I just friended you on ravelry, you can find me there too (http://www.ravelry.com/projects/JosieE).

On , giusy said: | bubiknits.wordpress.com

me! me too!! I learn knitting when I was a child, I get used to knit again after I’ve got my little one three years ago, when he is born i couldn’t find enough sewing time so I begun knitting again in the evening when he goes to bed :) I love combining the two, and you’re right they are the perfect pair. I’m bubi-knits at ravelry.

On , Kate Bernhard said: | katiebernhard.blogspot.com

I knit! my Rav name is katy-lady. Love the sweater you made! It’s so pretty. Knitting is becoming a bigger part of my life than it used to be. I’m in school for fashion, and I love to sew, but knitting has a special place in my heart :) I hope to be able to design knits eventually as well as sewn garments!

On , chiara said: | giardinoinunastanza.blogspot.co.uk

knitting is my true love :-) I picked it up 3 years ago as I was unemployed and in need of cheap entertainment. I had randomly found yarn and needles in the house I was living in and somehow knitting came easy to me. I am trying learning to sew now, but I find it a lot more scary and difficult…I am starting with your Sorbetto top now, let’s see how far I can go!

On , Rachel said: | nestfullofeggs.blogspot.com

I’m saganaga @ ravelry :)

On , Ana said: | mtcardigan.blogspot.com

Yes, I love to knit. I learned about 4 years ago and I think its a great compliment to sewing for all the reasons you mentioned. It’s relaxing, easy and low tech, which I love. I’ve been trying to update my ravelry more regularly, my user name is moutcardigan

On , Tiffany W said:

I enjoy knitting and garment sewing. I started knitting when I found out I was expecting a little girl. She is four now. Knitting is pure joy and centers me. I have also desired to learn to sew for a long time. My husband purchased a sewing machine for my birthday last year to push me in the right direction. I love them both equally. I knit on the commute to work each day. I knit while watching TV. I sew on the nights that my husband is writing, gaming or working out of town. Each get some of my attention during the week. However, I don’t complete the knitted projects as quickly as I once did before sewing came along. Lately, I have focused my attention to garment fit in both hobbies.

On , Tiffany W said:

I took a peek at your projects on Ravelry. You did a great job on the Stitch In Time sweater and Angelina. I love both. I have had the Stitch In Time book on my wish list for some time now. I also love Joan McGowan-Michael’s designs. I own a few of the patterns but have not made one yet.

On , Tiffany W said:

forgot to mention…my RAV Id is charmingberry

On , Rebecca Anderson said: | faerieletters.wordpress.com

I love knitting. Can’t live without it.

On , Evie said: | pendlestitches.wordpress.com

Absolutely. Knitting is the perfect partner for sewing, and you can sit by the fire and knit whilst watching a movie with your husband. I also love the portability of knitting and take a project with me on a long journey.

On , Karen T said: |

Wow! Amazing to see all these comments about knitting. Proves the point about how much overlap there is between those who sew and those who knit. I’ve sewn basically my whole life, crocheted as a kid, but didn’t take to knitting when I first learned it. But I’ve probably knitted more in the past year than I have sewn over the course of my entire life. Interestingly, it was knitting that got me thinking about sewing again. I just love having the power to make whatever I want to make, however I want to make — whether sewing or knitting.

I’m gonna go look up every single one of you Ravelry users. I’m “karentempler.”

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