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Give Your Knitting Mojo a Boost

Jan 22, 2010

A couple of years ago my knitting group took a beginning crochet class. Some of us took to it more than others, but my friend Molly really got crochet fever and she's been interspersing knitting with crochet ever since. She told me once that when she loses her knitting mojo, she turns to crochet and vice versa. 

Here's a perfect example of a knit + crochet project, which Molly did for her daughter, Sylvie (at left). It's a simple, knitted raglan cardigan with granny squares along the bottom and  double crochet at the neckband, button band, and cuffs.

There's also a picot edging at the neckline—so cute on darling Sylvie! This wouldn't be half as cute if the crochet details weren't there, and I'm positive Sylvie wouldn't have liked it as well as she did! What little girl doesn't like a bit of variegated pink bling on her sweater?

Molly has a way with color combinations, and she put together the amazing granny square blanket shown at right. I remember when she was making this blanket and cursing all of the color changes, but look how pretty the result is!

Meet Kristin Omdahl

Kristin is the new crochet host on Knitting Daily TV (KDTV). She's been crocheting (and knitting) for about seven years; she wanted to make a pair of baby booties for her son, so she just up and taught herself to crochet! While doing so, she got yarn fever and taught herself to knit, too. Kristin thinks big. Her favorite projects to make are large, bed-size afghans and big, beautiful shawls! She's an accomplished designer with several patterns in our pattern store—her favorites are the
Infinity Wrap and the Dots Blanket—and she's written a couple of books, too, including Wrapped in Crochet and the upcoming Crochet So Fine.

And Kristin's newest venture (besides running her first half-marathon last weekend!) is the latest in our DVD Workshops: Innovative Crochet: Motifs with Kristin Omdahl. (A motif is simply a complete pattern, such as a granny square, that can be connected to other motifs to make a project, such as Molly's blanket.)

Here's a clip from Kristin's segment on KDTV, Crochet Corner, where she demonstrates making a motif and then connecting several of the motifs together to make a beautiful afghan.

I recently had a chance to chat with Kristin about the Innovative Crochet workshop and crocheting in general. Here's what she had to say.

KC: How did you get "discovered" and invited onto KDTV?
KO: My first appearance on KDTV was a designer spotlight to talk about my first book, Wrapped In Crochet. My second segment was also a designer spotlight to talk about my next book, Crochet So Fine.

KC: What was it like to be a segment host on KDTV?
KO: Going to the studio to tape a whole season was a little different than an interview. I had to plan out the segments for Crochet Corner, have all my swatches and step-outs prepared ahead of time, and know what I was going to say, of course. I did all my homework, arrived on the set, had my makeup done professionally (FUN!) and went on set. The cameras were HUGE! It was intimidating, but really, really exciting. I took a couple of very deep breaths before we began. I loved every minute of it and can't wait to tape the next season.

KC: What goes into planning a DVD workshop? 
KO: Planning the DVD workshop was a little bit like planning a teaching workshop and a little bit like planning the Crochet Corner segments on KDTV. I had an outline of what each chapter should include, starting with introducing motifs. We start with the basics and add to them in the chapters to follow. I show how to make motifs, how to join them, how to use differently shaped motifs, and how to use motifs as design elements. My main purpose for creating a DVD workshop was to share my enthusiasm and knowledge of crochet, in the format of my teaching workshops, but offering the workshop (via DVD) in the comfort of any crocheter's home.

KC: What can we expect from Innovative Crochet: Motifs?
KO: I will walk you through a variety of crochet motifs, their various methods of construction, how to join motifs, how to add colorwork to your motif designs and how to use these motifs as edgings. Each lesson is explained with step-by-step instructions. I will show you how to crochet round, medallion, square and hexagon-shaped motifs. I will show you how to read crochet charts and their symbols. I will show you how to crochet in the round. And, I will expand motifs as design elements, and show you the garments full-size and reduced size to illustrate the unique construction. Plus, included with the purchase of this DVD is a link to a FREE crochet pattern for my Farrah Shawl design from Wrapped In Crochet.

KC: Are you a knitter, too?
KO: Yes. In fact, as we speak I am putting the finishing touches on my new knitting book, coming out Fall 2010 with Interweave Press. It is my collection of scarves, wraps and shawls that are inspired by crochet.

KC: If knitters are going to learn one crochet technique, what should it be?
KO: Edgings. I think crochet edgings are beautiful, and a great way to embellish a knitted garment quickly.

So knitters, I hope you'll take a chance on crochet, like Molly and Kristin (and I!) did, so you can discover how much it can add to your fiber experience.

Cheers,


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on Feb 26, 2010 11:59 AM

I think this is just what I need.  I'm looking for a way to add a crochet collar to a knitted baby pullover sweater.  I hate working with double-pointed needles, and would rather try crochet.  Is there a crochet stitch that resembles ribbing?  Anyone have suggestions?

M.M wrote
on Feb 21, 2010 8:38 AM

Thank you Kathleen, and all the others who make the FREE information site, Knitting Daily, possible. I subscribe to both IK and IC and treasure each issue.

That said, I am always amazed at the readers who request no more crochet articles, or even better, the ones who threaten to unsubscribe.  How business ignorant are people?  The only reason there's a Knitting Daily is to support all the publications -magazines, books, dvds, patterns-that Interweave puts out so others will BUY them and they can stay in business.  Boo hoo if you don't like the rare crochet article.  Frankly, I just skim the opening paragraph every day, and often I'm not interested, even though it might address knitting.  It's called the delete button, people.

JaniceK@9 wrote
on Feb 1, 2010 10:03 PM

I love your emails and your articles. I am a knitter and also crochet. Thanks for including the small amount of crochet that you do. I am sure there are many of us that don both and also do them both on one project. In fact more would be nice.

on Feb 1, 2010 12:16 AM

Love the new segment. I think she will make knitting daily episodes even better. Good Job !!!

CynthiaT wrote
on Jan 28, 2010 12:20 PM

I'm receiving too many emails from Knitting Daily on too many topics---on book and magazine sales,  spinning, crochet, beading, etc.    I joined to enjoy Knitting tips, patterns, sources, information.     Is is possible to adjust my subscriptions, so I receive only one or two emails per week in the areas of my interests?   Right now, these multiple daily promotional and topic emails are becoming very distracting.

Thanks for considering!

TommyS wrote
on Jan 27, 2010 12:56 PM

I have to say that Knitting Daily is deleted more in my email than read. I know think the word knitting does include other arts, but I want knitting stuff. I can be selfish because I am receiving this and I know that Knitting Daily reads what we write here.

So please stay on the knitting track or suggest (minimally) other embellishments.

PatS@5 wrote
on Jan 27, 2010 11:28 AM

I don't get what the issue is with crochet, we use fiber just like knitting and a needle. Crochet hook or kniiting needle then decides the type of stitches we make.

We all know what we like and bashing each other over the "Craft" we chose is not nice.

Whether or not this is knitting daily or crocheting daily. It all pertains to yarn and taking that yarn and creating a fabric out of it. Who cares how we get there, just as long as we enjoy the trip and are respectful of each others journey's

maybe we should call it "Needle Daily"

mary ann@17 wrote
on Jan 26, 2010 11:03 AM

I am a crocheter and a knitter.  I think closing your mind to one or the other is very immature.

I want to thank Knitting Daily for throwing in some crochet, I LOVE IT.  I know I will enjoy making this quilt.  Thank you.

To all you knitters only, expand your talents, you never know what you can discover!

on Jan 25, 2010 5:41 PM

Kristin, Where can I get a pattern for the neat sweater you are wearing in the show 407, It is blue and loose.

I would love to try it.  

I watch Kniting Daily every show.  I enjoy it. and learn a lot on Knitting and crocheting.

Thanks for your help on the pattern... Lucille silydilly@yahoo.com

malkala wrote
on Jan 25, 2010 3:27 PM

Wow! Kathleen's friend Molly here. Surprised that the knitting purists can't even handle the idea that a little crochet embelishment can be helpful and cute.  sad

The log cabin granny square aphgan was inspired by log cabin quilting patterns that I had been appreciating.  This aphgan is not super functional because of the many ends to tie in and Wool cotton is a bit slippery.  Next time, I would make the whole blanket one of the log cabin squares with each granny suqare being one-color smaller squares.

Kathleen, you are a real trooper.  Don't let the turkeys get you down!

on Jan 25, 2010 12:18 PM

Sylvie's sweater pattern is Maytime from the book Rowan Babies.

Molly used Rowan Wool Cotton for her afghan, and the color pattern is sort of a log cabin pattern that she made up herself.

KathyB@3 wrote
on Jan 24, 2010 5:38 PM

Currently  I am working on the Brioche Helmet Hat, Fall 2005.  It is an adorable hat and I have made many for friends kids.  Can anyone OR has anyone enlarged this pattern for adults?  My husband would love one and I am not very skilled in enlarging patterns.  HELP!!  kathy  email me at bkblack5@yahoo.com

KarenVas wrote
on Jan 24, 2010 2:39 PM

I, too, am aghast at all the whining about this crochet post.  I understand that all people have a right to their opinion, however, how about some positive feedback instead of all that negative energy?  

I love the sweater that Kristin is wearing in the video!!  Where can I purchase the pattern?  Please let me know.

Many thanks for all your hard work creating a wonderful, informative website!

Karen Vas

on Jan 23, 2010 8:32 PM

I'm ashamed to call some of you knitters.  The time you spent complaining you could have spent on something positive like praying for someone.  Or you could have chosen something else to focus on and say something nice to lift someones spirits instead.  I'm glad you are passionate about knitting and I pray that if you were just having a rough day that tomorrow is full of everything that makes you happy.

Bless, Bless,

jnlfamily wrote
on Jan 23, 2010 1:10 PM

OK.  I'm brand new to this site. I've only been a member for two weeks, but I absolutely love learning about adapting crochet to knitting.  I learned to crochet in my teens, but stopped when I couldn't find things that were current. (Didn't have the internet then.) Recently, my granddaughters and I took knitting lessons. I love the drape and look of knitted items, but make so many mistakes, which are hard to take out, that I have only attempted easy, easy projects. I just want to say I love the mix of both and hope I don't become an 'exclusive' knit snob. Who knows, I've been known to eat my words--once or twice:)

jnlfamily wrote
on Jan 23, 2010 1:00 PM

On one of your shows I saw an organization that gave free yarn and crochet hooks or knitting needles to groups that promote crochet/knitting.  I am an elementary teacher and work in a poor school. I am going to start a crochet club and wondered if you had the information I need to contact that organization?

Thanks You.

on Jan 22, 2010 7:33 PM

Now I know what happened to me the summer of 2009. I lost my crocheting Mojo. I didn't know what to call my burnout, but what you called it was perfect. I have been crocheting since I was a child and Knitting since I was a teen. I gave up knitting about 42 years ago when my babies were tiny. This past summer when I did the crochet burnout I went back to knitting and I'm so glad I did. I love both crocheting and knitting and it is great that I can go back and forth between them.

I know that there are some people  out there who think the only way to go is crochet. Others think the only way to go is knitting. Sorry people I love both.

I also want you to know that I love your Knitting Daily newsletter. It keeps me up to date on what's going on with knitting and is also fun to read.

Janet

Alaska Nana wrote
on Jan 22, 2010 4:10 PM

Again with the crochet!  We're knitters who feel cheated by the imposition of crochet into what should be a NL about KNITTING.  Enough is enough.  Start a crochet newsletter, but quit stuffing it in KN ITTING daily.

on Jan 22, 2010 3:34 PM

I thought this was KNITTING DAILY....I have known how to crochet longer than I have known how to knit, so I am not anti-crochet......However,  if I want to read about crocheting, I will go to a crochet website.   I am not interested in reading about it on Knitting Daily.    Please stay on topic.....Knitting.   Other than taking the time to write this post, I am deleting the latest Knitting Daily email because it's about crocheting.

TerryD@9 wrote
on Jan 22, 2010 1:27 PM

I am a crocheter and a knitter.  The occasional crochet segments don't offend me as much as it does others.  What I would like to say is that it would be difficult, if not impossible to please each person everyday who visits this website.  So, being tolerant might be the way to go.....if the info. for the day isn't your "cup of tea", hit the delete button, settle back in your chair, sip some coffee and knit.  For example, I too was disappointed in the choice of yarn on today's video....I can't stand the stuff...but I watched to see if there was anything new I could learn and that was that.

dwhitney wrote
on Jan 22, 2010 1:22 PM

You're kidding, right?  It's yarn.  We tie knots in it.  It's what we do for fun.  Who knew there was a cultural gulf between people who knit and people of a lesser god who crochet--with cheap yarn even. I learned to knit and crochet when I was 8 years old and had polio--a friend of the family thought it would strengthen my hands and it did.   I knitted a lot.  But one of my first crochet projects that summer was a very ruffley dress and bonnet for one of those little 1 inch rubber baby dolls using regular sewing thread and size 11 hook.  Very affordable project.  If I tried it now I would go blind.  But I digress.  I enjoy this newsletter--beautiful, usefull, humbling and encouraging at the same time.  Please keep the crochet bits.

meiserlee wrote
on Jan 22, 2010 11:13 AM

no offense, but that is not really the best video for learning crochet.  she went way too fast and she does not speak "beginner-ese".   i know how to crochet already, so i totally understood it but that's gonna scare a lot of people.

never fear beginners, there are many great vids on youtube.

mandyangela wrote
on Jan 22, 2010 10:47 AM

To those who don't wish to read the crochet articles - don't - no-one is forcing you, and if you are honest you'll acknowledge they are few and far between!  

To the person who said little other than bulky afghans can be made using crochet - take a look at the ''free crochet patterns'' in the Patterns section, or better still, click on the 'preview this issue' when an advertisement for Interweave Crochet magazine is shown in the top right of the screen.

To the person who says she will unsuscribe if she sees any more crochet articles - isn't that a bit petty?  You will upset no-one but yourself as you will miss out on the great knitting articles this site has to offer.

If I have offended any of the people to whom I have referred, then I am sorry.   However, a true craftswoman (or man!!) will have respect and appreciation for ANY form of craft.  For example, I don't care at all for card-making but I understand those people who do love it, as I have the same love of knitted & crocheted lace.  I may not share the choice of creative oulet, but I understand their passion as I am just the same about my choice.

NancyB@123 wrote
on Jan 22, 2010 9:51 AM

Please, no more crochet. Put that info in a separate newsletter. I'f the crochet stuff keeps coming I will unsubscribe.

SharonJ@23 wrote
on Jan 22, 2010 9:48 AM

Well, I LOVE the crochet articles.  It adds variety and some patterns do involve both techniques.

HaptoT wrote
on Jan 22, 2010 9:47 AM

I'm with HelenH.

While I think Crochet has a place and is a valuable tool -- It does not make anything but an afghan with any aplomb.  The stitch is too bulky, to combine *beautifully* with knitted work.  

And its not just about the technique.  It is the crochet aesthetic (the crochet border sweater for the kid - even she looks wary of it) . Everything is done in Red Heart!  If you are going to show me beautiful crochet, show it in a stunning mohair,  fine wools with actual drape, or any yarn that may actually appeal to a knitter-yarn-snob aesthetic...

Show us crochet can make more than Granny squares and clunky, ill fitted garments... because I haven't seen it yet.   THEN, I will get behind the crochet techniques on the Knitting Daily --  but you have to appeal to the Knit Aesthetic -- in order to back this branching out -- but it really is like seeing an article about Parakeets in "Cat Fancy" (both are lovely and useful, but not in the scope of the subscription)

bburri wrote
on Jan 22, 2010 9:44 AM

I love the granny square afghan, what great colors - I don't suppose your friend Molly has the pattern to share

njackson wrote
on Jan 22, 2010 9:33 AM

I agree with JoyceM....I absolutely love the sweater that Sylvie is wearing!!  Is there any way to get the pattern from your friend Molly?  I wiil buy it if it is being sold somewhere....I love the idea of combining knitting and crocheting!

JoyceM@13 wrote
on Jan 22, 2010 9:16 AM

I love the sweater that Sylvie is wearing!!  Is there any way to get the pattern from your friend Molly?  I love the idea of combining knitting and crocheting!

pennyalb wrote
on Jan 22, 2010 8:30 AM

I have to agree with HeleneH.  I could have sworn this newsletter was entitled "Knitting Daily" and was associated with Interweave Knits.  Feel free to develop a "Crocheting Daily" for those people who like to crochet.  It bugs me to have to filter out the e-mails about crocheting.  Thanks for letting me vent.

PageW@3 wrote
on Jan 22, 2010 8:28 AM

I would like to apply for a job as a proofreader for your ezine.  I loved the sweater and the idea of decorating knitting with crochet, until I looked at the print under the DVD picture where it said "Over and hour of..................." Lost me right there! I could work from home, you could just email me the proofs and I would correct the grammar and spelling the ABC check misses!

LoriGlovier wrote
on Jan 22, 2010 8:26 AM

I am a crocheter but I do know how to knit.  I appreciate your crochet articles which is why I subscribe to this e-mail newsletter.  However, I find that 95% of the articles are about knitting so I'm not too sure how 5% could be that annoying.

I think that knitting gives a classier look but there are some crocheted items that are beautiful.  And a blend of the two is sometimes even better.  Thanks for being open-minded about what you present here.  

EllenD wrote
on Jan 22, 2010 7:39 AM

Question:  What little girl doesn't like a bit of variegated pink bling on her sweater?

Answer:  Mine.  And me when I was a little girl.  And probably lots and lots of other little girls out there.  And maybe there are some boys who would like to wear pink (after all, we used to clothe our baby boys in pink).

HeleneH wrote
on Jan 22, 2010 7:25 AM

Said in the most respectful way possible, i'm one of the Knitting Daily readers who come for knitting.  I don't want to read about crochet.  When i see it's a crochet article i am very disappointed.  I am the first to admit that i know how to crochet and use crochet to a limited degree in my knitting.

I just felt i had to throw this out there.  I'm one of your readers who does not enjoy the Crochet articles.  Thank you for listening.