Best Friends

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I was once a hater of crochet. However, I read The Happy Hooker and Crochet Me. So now I know better. -) Some people *ahem* still don’t like crochet very much, so this is a project to show how nicely knitting and crocheting go together. And so, Best Friends was born. It shows how knitting and crochet can go rather nicely together. It’s a set of four coaster, two of which are knit with a crochet border, and they other two are crochet with a knit border. They only take one skein of yarn, but barely. So you might not want to do a gauge swatch (It’s a coaster. You don’t need a gauged swatch, unless you knit so tightly that itwould be tiny and a mug would fall off). These would make good beginner projects, though the knit edging might be difficult for a novice.

Yarn: Dynasty Yarns Thailand in Blue/Green colorway. 88 yards (It’s some cheap JoAnn/Hancock fabrics stuff. It’s a worsted weight, varigated tube yarn. I have skillfully chosen colors for these that would make them clash with almost any home decor. Please, choose more wisely.)

Needles: Circular Addi Turbos in size 9 (I’m only mentioning that they are Turbos because I knit sort of tightly with them. That said, I’m usually a very loose knitter. So if you are a really, really loose knitter, you may want to adjust your gauge.)

Crochet hook, 5.00 mm

Knit coasters

Cast on 17 stitches. Work in seed stitch until piece is a square. Work two rows half-double crochet around the edge.

Crochet Coasters

Chain 15 stitches, including turning chain. Work in single crochet (rememeber the turning chain!) until piece is square. Pick up 65 stitches evenly in seed stitch around the whole thing with the knitting needles, and work in seed stitch for 1 row. Cast off in pattern.

Weave in ends, and show people how knitting and crochet can be best friends! Awwww…

6 Comments

  1. Mom said,

    December 12, 2006 at 3:46 am

    Why … I’m teary-eyed! (-: (Mamas don’t know how to make cool smilies, so I’m relying on homemade emoticons.) It has been interesting to watch a dyed-in-the-wool (ha) knitter pick up a crocheting hook and make something beautiful!

    My eyes are adjusting to this new world of crocheting AND knitting … I hope I wouldn’t flunk an identification test of which is which, but it is interesting to find that some crocheting looks like lacy knitting (to my untrained eye, at least).

    xo Mom

  2. AA#1 said,

    December 12, 2006 at 11:16 pm

    sorry, eew

  3. December 12, 2006 at 11:50 pm

    Gosh. You people are SO nice here. You don’t even know what it looks like yet!

  4. evie said,

    December 15, 2006 at 1:34 am

    Kudos for trying something new and succeeding so well. While I vastly prefer knitting myself, it is a good idea to at least understand the fundamentals of crochet, especially for finishing techniques.

  5. AA#1 said,

    January 5, 2007 at 4:24 pm

    I’m with you evie. Mine eyes prefer the sight of the knit with crochet edging than the crochet with knit edging. I just am weird that way.

  6. AA#1 said,

    January 5, 2007 at 4:25 pm

    And I don’t mean to be rude, but the yarn choice doesn’t enhance it for me


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