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What Type of Knitter or Crocheter Are You?

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What Type of Knitter or Crocheter Are You?

What kind of knitter or crocheter are you?

It helps to know your own personal preferences and desires so you don’t fall into the trap of comparing yourself to others, or get disappointed in yourself for not finishing projects. It also helps you to select patterns more easily!

I’ve heard that there are two types of knitters (or crocheters, of course):

Product Knitters: These types of folks enjoy knitting, but mainly knit to have the finished object.

Process Knitters: If you really just enjoy the process of knitting more than actually having the finished object, then this is you!

I never could really decide which I was and I think it’s because I’m not really either. I knit and crochet for a mix of reasons. I’ve narrowed it down to these and I encourage you to do the same with your crafting:

1. EASY- I prefer projects that are relatively easy in that I don’t have to follow some complicated chart or whatnot. REASON: I like to be able to talk or watch a movie while knitting, so complicated patterns usually don’t work for me.

2. QUICK- If a project can be finished in under, oh…let’s say 2 weeks (preferably 1), of an hour or two a day or less, then I’m good. REASON: If it takes longer than that, I get bored and end up finishing the project out of a feeling of obligation, rather than joy and excitement.

3. USEFUL- I do like to have a purpose for what I create, so I usually make accessories or any other item I’ll actually use. REASON: I just like to use what I make because it’s a reminder of the hours I spent on it…and thus makes me feel very self-loved!

4. SOMETHING NEW- I like for my project to have something new about it… maybe it’s a new pattern, or a color or yarn I’ve never worked with, etc. REASON: It keeps it exciting and I wonder what it will turn out to be like!

5. SOMETHING TO LEARN- I like to learn a new technique or two. REASON: It adds to my arsenal of tricks for future projects, keeps things exciting and makes me feel pretty darn smart!

So, now that I’ve narrowed down my preferences for a knitting project, it makes it much easier when I’m looking at potential projects.

I figure as long as a project meets 4 or 5 of those criteria, I should enjoy it fairly well or maybe even immensely! If it only meets 1 or 2 or 3, then perhaps I shouldn’t do that project.

For example, I’ve been considering knitting a dress or a sweater lately. This really doesn’t fit #1 or #2, so… chances are, I’ll just buy one. It seems exciting NOW, but I know after I get a few hours into it, I’ll be bored with it and just want the sweater. And when I can buy a cute sweater or dress for $12 brand new at a “used” store…well, there ya go.

So how do you figure out what type of knitter you are?

Here are some helpful tips:

1. EASE: Do you prefer easy, not-much-thinking-required projects, like scarves or hats? Or do you love complex charts and pattern structures, like Estonian lace shawls or cabled sweaters?

2. SPEED: Do you like to finish projects quickly and move onto the next one, or do you savor 100 hours spent on an heirloom wedding shawl?

3. USE: Do you prefer useful items you can use or wear, like fingerless mitts or dishcloths? Or do you like to just knit or crochet for the enjoyment of it, making things you might not “use” frequently, like doilies or amigurumi (cute little creatures and what-not)?

4. NEWNESS: Do you like new patterns, new yarns, etc, or do you enjoy the comfort of familiar patterns and yarns?

5. LEARNING: Do you like to learn new techniques, like new cable designs, lace, working in the round, etc, or you do prefer to stick with what you know?

I’m sure there are more aspects you could comptemplate on, but these should get you started.

So once you know what type of crafter you are, you can much more easily and confidently choose your patterns and yarns, decide on projects and have more fulfillment in your knitting and crocheting experience!

P.S. The picture above is a stealth crochet project I’m working on! Check back to see what it actually is!


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By | 2017-09-04T14:05:30+00:00 January 11th, 2012|Crochet, Knitting, Life Musings|5 Comments

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  1. Virginia January 11, 2012 at 9:52 pm - Reply

    I am a paradoxical knitter, have been a knitting since I was about 5, picking it up and setting it down sporadically over the years. After a 25 year hiatus I found a box of knitting needles and asundry paraphernalia in the barn last spring and have gone off the deep end. I am loving yarns from all over the world, so many new ones like bamboo, soy, milk, corn, sea-cell etc. The quality of ultra fine merino, alpaca, silks and exotics weren’t readily available years ago when I set my needles down and packed them away in that box. Now days the most amazing natural textiles are being created. And the colors! I especially love yours Chandi.

    Right now I have a dream to raise some fibre animals and I am also growing a dyers garden. I have some established beds of fairly common dyers plants but ordered some rarer seeds for next year and hopfully will be able to create some great color. I haven’t been a spinner or dyer before so it’s a new adventure for me. But gardening has always been part of my life and to juxtapose it with knitting and farming, wow. It is magic to watch a handful of seeds become a luscious jungle of color and texture blooming before my eyes. It goes far beyond the benefits of eating healthy food, which is a blessing unto itself. To take that a step further and be able to dabble in alchemy, creating colored fibres and create again by knitting beautiful garments and accessories, and then revel in the ongoing tactile qualities, being all wrapped up in warm, fuzzy and beautiful. It’s a perpetual joy machine.

    Building the fencing and wool processing facilities is hard, it doesn’t go as fast as I want, materials cost so much, I am not as strong as I was years ago. The paradox of joy and pain. I don’t think you can get one without the other.

    • admin January 19, 2012 at 10:43 pm - Reply

      Virginia, there are indeed many fabulous and amazing yarns in the world today! It’s overwhelming and wonderful!

      Growing your own dye garden and animals for fiber sounds heavenly! I’m so excited to see how this all progresses for you! Be sure to keep me posted!

  2. Rita Cagle January 12, 2012 at 1:10 am - Reply

    I like the challenge of learning a new pattern and tire or get bored easily with the same old thing. I fear knitting has always been too big a challenge for me though.
    I’m good with crochet.

    • admin January 19, 2012 at 10:50 pm - Reply

      I’ve always considered knitting harder than crochet. I do love both, though. And spinning!! 🙂

  3. Linda Knisley May 30, 2013 at 4:53 pm - Reply

    Is it a bad thing for me to say that I am ALL of the above, at various times, over the last 45 years of enjoying the Fiber Arts? When I’m making scarves for Christmas, I’m excited to start a new project, but I want it to be finished as quickly as possible so I can complete all my projects in time for Christmas, although I do get bored at the repetition.

    Other times, I’m SO excited to master a new pattern, and I simply cannot put my yarn down until I have the pattern mastered and usually memorized 🙂

    I absolutely LOVE your blog, Chandi. Thank you for sharing your adventures with us.
    Have a great day

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