Translating a Crochet Pattern to a Knitting Pattern

Perhaps you are someone who has skills in both crocheting and knitting. And now, you want to use the same crochet pattern you have and translate it to become a knitting pattern. What are some factors that need to be considered when doing so?

First, there is what is called the general translation and conversion rule. The half double stitch which is used to create a panel in rows in a pattern represents the stockinette stitch in a knitting pattern. Here, the knitter changes between knitting an entire row, and then pulling it. Also, the reverse side in a single crochet converts to the garter stitch in a knitting pattern. Here, all rows are knitted. It is also important to measure the gauge of your pattern. This ensures accuracy of the size and shape of the finished product. To do that, make a gauged sample by using a pair of knitting needles. A pattern can instantly turn into a knitting pattern when you substitute the stitches. If needed, you can change the size of the needle to be used. This will help you obtain the size of gauge to successfully complete your pattern.

In your pattern sheet, add alterations in the translation by marking the knitting stitches using a pencil, just above your crochet stitches. However, if you do not wish to write on your original crochet pattern, create a copy first before making such markings. One distinctive difference between crocheting and knitting is the number of needles being used. Knitting requires the use of two needles, while crocheting only needs one. To start, you need to cast yarn to your needles at the beginning of the crochet chain stitch. With this, you need to use your gauge to claim the accurate number of stitches for your pattern.

The following are some basic guidelines in converting information from your crochet pattern to a knitting pattern. Translate the pattern row by row. Every time you translate one row of single crochet, translate it to one row for your knitting pattern. Translate two rows of knit and purl, and two rows of garter stitch. Three rows of knitting should be substituted for one row of half-double crochet. One row of double crochet should be replaced by knitting a row for a total of four rows. One row of treble crochet should be replaced with six rows of stockinette. From time to time, make sure to check your gauge. This is to ensure accuracy in the reading of direction, and in obtaining the correct measurement for your item.

It is quite understandable, albeit predictable that translating your project from one form, that is, from your pattern, to that of a knitting pattern, can change the texture of your project. True, both crochet patterns and knitting patterns use yarn to create projects, but the equipments, and the stitches are still different, so the end product ultimately offers a different look. After all there are some advantages in translating patterns from one form to another. Crochet pattern stitches on garments can be heavy and bumpy looking, while knitting pattern garments are lighter and may end up having a smooth finish.