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RuthPauline
03-06-2009, 11:27 PM
Does anyone know which uses the least amount of yarn -- knitting or crocheting. I heard one time but have forgotten.
I have a kit for a Baby Ripple Afghan and they give directions for
both Knitting and Crocheting. Sometimes I find the kits don't have
enough yarn and I don't want to run out of yarn.
H E L P!
Ruth

suzeeq
03-06-2009, 11:32 PM
Generally, crocheting uses about 1/3 more yarn than knitting, so it would be knitting. A lot of it depends on the pattern. Doesn't the afghan pattern give suggested yarn amounts for either method?

RuthPauline
03-07-2009, 12:44 PM
Unfortunately on the pattern it only gives the number of balls of yarn enclosed in the kit. Normally if the pattern is for various sizes it will give the number of balls for each size. But the pattern doesn't specify the difference between knitting and crocheting. Thanks for your answer. I kind of thought that knitting used
less yarn.

Arielluria
03-07-2009, 08:41 PM
I heard the opposite, that crochet takes up much more yarn. I remember hearing someone on a podcast talk about how some yarn stores dis anyone crocheting instead of knitting and then they mentioned how it was bad business for the yarn store because crocheting uses up much more yarn, I think they said 3x more than knitting. I'll see if I can locate that podcast, it was undoubtedly Stash 'n Burn.

suzeeq
03-08-2009, 12:35 AM
That's what I said, that crochet takes more. I think it's about one third more though, not 3 times. I bought a crochet scarf at goodwill for $1 and got enough yarn to knit a wrap from - at a very loose gauge.

lindainbathurst
03-08-2009, 02:23 AM
I agree that crochet uses more yarn, but it is quicker than knitting.

Arielluria
03-08-2009, 02:33 PM
That's what I said, that crochet takes more. I think it's about one third more though, not 3 times. I bought a crochet scarf at goodwill for $1 and got enough yarn to knit a wrap from - at a very loose gauge.
:whoosh:Duh! Sorry, I misunderstood you. :flirt:

Mirl56
03-09-2009, 01:50 PM
Regardless, if it's a kit and there wasn't enough yarn, I'd be contacting them for more yarn! Not much help, I guess, if it's a kit you've had in your stash for ages and the company doesn't produce it any more or is totally out of business....