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I recently did a post showing the celebrities that have worn crochet lately. The post received a comment from a helpful reader who pointed out that two of the items I included were knit pieces, not crochet pieces. This brought up an interesting question for me – do most crocheters know how to identify crochet items from photos? Because the truth is that I’m not as good at this as I would like to be.
For at være ærlig, I can’t even always tell if an item is crochet or knit when I’m looking at it right in person. I’m getting better at it as time goes on. It’s clear when I see a basic stitch that I’ve used a million times (like a double crochet) repeated throughout the piece. It’s clear when I’m looking at granny squares. But it’s not always clear when I’m looking at something with a complicated stitch pattern. I may lean one way or the other (being pretty sure that it’s crochet or that it’s knit) but I’m not always one hundred percent certain.
The situation gets far more complex for me when looking at photos online or even in books. The lack of detail, the inability to turn the piece over and look more closely at it … these things make it difficult for me to be one hundred percent certain about whether something is knit or crochet a significant amount of the time.
I think the fact that I’m not more skilled at this comes from two major things:
- I’ve only been crocheting for a couple of years. Now I’m pretty obsessed with crochet. I crochet pretty much daily and obviously read and write tons about crochet. Ikke desto mindre, there is only so much you can do and learn in two years so I probably just don’t have the experience in terms of visual crochet that someone with decades of experiences does have.
- I only crochet and haven’t ever tried knitting. My guess is that if I did both it would make it easier to identify knit stitches, making it more clear to me when a piece is knit vs. hæklet.
So I’m curious – can you look at an item and immediately see if it’s crochet or knit? Do you find that this is true of photos or only in person items? And how do you feel like you got better at this over time?