What you can make from yarnShall I give you a list again of everything that can be made with a good measure of stubbornness? (Others might call it patience, but I digress...)
- Insulated vests
- Pants (try not to laugh so loudly at the thought of yarn trousers)
- Capes, shawls, etc.
- Fish traps
- re-usable menstrual pads
- Wash cloths
- Dish rags
- Blankets (an obvious answer but an important one nonetheless!)
Plus, the scraps from acrylic and cotton yarns make excellent tinder for starting fires!
What you need
Now, onto the tools.
There are a lot of folks who have zero idea what the difference is between knitting and crocheting. That's okay - I will teach you!
I'll point out the most basic difference: knitting requires two tools, while crocheting uses just one.
Knitting needles are pointed. (Ladies, take note: great improvised melee weapon.)
Knitting needle sizes are denoted by numbers. The bigger the number, the bigger the needle.
Knitting needles come in a variety of sizes and materials. Acrylic (a type of plastic), usually aluminum metal (unless you inherited some steel ones at some point) and wood.
There are three types of knitting needles. Regular single end needles and double end needles are the most common types. The third type is less popular and I don't have one to show, so that one will have to wait.
Crochet hooks come in same broad range of materials as knitting needles: wood, metal and plastic.
There are two basic types of crochet hooks. The first is just a basic crochet hook (it doesn't have a special name) and it looks like the ones in the picture on the left. In a later article, I will show you how to do basic crochet stitches with these.
Just add yarnAnd there you have it, the basic tools of knitting and crocheting. Crocheting is the method I know best, but I will be applying the KISS principle when I teach both it and knitting in later articles. I firmly believe that as long as you know the basics to any craft, all it takes is stubbornness and a bit of imagination to make useful things.
My next article in this series will have patterns for very simple projects that will allow you to practice the basics that I've taught. I will have links embedded in the article that take you to written and video tutorials for how to do each of the stitches I teach.