Written by Denee Mengheni. Media by Andrea Freeman.
knit – to make (a garment, fabric, etc.) by interlocking loops of one or more yarns either by hand with knitting needles or by machine
crochet – needlework done with a needle having a small hook at one end for drawing the thread or yarn through intertwined loops
The similarities are enough to put knitting and crocheting in the same family of crafts. Both require large quantities of yarn. Both can create a host of cold weather accessories including hats, scarves, and mittens. Both are enjoyed by a growing number of GC students. Over the last two years a bit of a yarn culture had developed on Greenville’s campus. While not gender exclusive, many of the members of this group are girls who are rediscovering the joys of a skill they first learned from their grandmother years ago.
Crocheting is the most popular form of yarn-work found on our campus. Crocheting involves one hook which is used to weave yarn into various patterns. Many find this to be an easier type of yarn-work to learn and is great for beginners. Using crocheting, one can produce a variety of super cute garments and crafts.
Knitting is generally known as the more difficult style of yarn-work. Knitting involves two needles that one uses to move up and down a row on the piece. If you look closely at most any sweater you own, you will probably be able to see a knitted stitch that was created by a machine. Most of these stitches can be recreated by hand in a larger form.
So why do college-aged folks enjoy a hobby generally reserved for grandmothers in their rocking chairs? Well, there are a variety of answers. I personally find yarn-work very relaxing. Both knitting and crocheting have a very rhythmic nature to them that can provide a sort of therapeutic effect. This can be especially appealing to individuals caught up in the business of a college schedule. A hobby with a slower pace can go a long way towards calming the mind and body after a long week.
The satisfaction that comes with making a physical product with one’s own hands is undeniable. We are obviously a long way from the times when individuals made all of their own clothing, grew their own food, and built their own structures. Nonetheless, humans are created in the image of the creator God. It is in our nature to make, and to put our creative energy towards outward expressions. I personally love wearing and seeing others wear the scarves that I have made. With each new project finished, one gains a little bit of confidence.
Believe it or not, getting in touch with your inner grandma is actually really easy. Even here in Greenville you can buy yarn, knitting needles, and crochet hooks at Alco or you can visit a nearby Wal-Mart. There are tons of videos on Youtube that can help you learn the basics. Or you can ask around. Chances are you know someone who is a master knitter or crocheter who could help you learn. Once you’re past the basics, Pinterest is a fabulous place to find more patterns and inspiration for projects.
Finally, a shameless plug. Most of the girls pictured have a whole collection of pieces they would love to sell for a reasonable price. If you are interested in buying some sweet handmade accessories just get a hold of one of these girls. They’re easy to track down and sweet as can be!