Combining Crocheting with Knitting

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Transferring knit stitches to Tunisian crochet hook

I began as a crocheter and I really like experimenting with different crochet techniques. Basically, if it had anything to do with yarn and a crochet hook, I wanted to give it a try.  I especially enjoy color work techniques and also Tunisian (aka ‘afghan’) crochet.

Then, about 18 months ago, I taught myself how to knit.  I love it as much as crochet, albeit for different reasons.  So, it was only natural for me to want to combine knitting and crochet. Plus, the similarities between Tunisian crochet and knitting seemed like an invitation to try to combine the two.

Knitted shawl with crochet border

Recently, I took the opportunity to combine them in a shawl I was knitting for my sister’s birthday. I figured that Krista would totally appreciate the experiment since she also goes in for craft experimentation.  

In the image at right (if you zoom in) you can see I’ve added two rows of Tunisian crochet along the right (top) side and then edged all the way around with regular crochet.

It was not difficult to combine knit and crochet. It was especially easy to move from knit to Tunisian crochet and then from Tunisian to regular crochet.  Even the edges that were just knit (bottom and sides) were fairly straightforward to crochet into.  The most challenging bit was getting the right gage between knit and crochet. Swatching helps!

All in all, I like the way this turned out.  I’ll certainly be attempting some more knit/crochet combos so I can get a feel for gage changes, etc.

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