Sometime a Pattern Just Begs for a Certain Craft.
I agree with mathwizard, can you provide a link or information on where to find the original pattern?
The details are few and the idea is broad but so far it certainly sounds like you've seen a crochet solution to a knitting pattern.
I have found some knitting patterns that look to me to have a more natural solution in crochet, and others that were crochet patterns that seemed more naturally fitted to knitting.
You never know when a pattern is really an adaptation from a different craft.
Master of Crochet, apprentice of Knit
OTN another Black & gold Diagonal Square Potholder
OTH Baby blanket
OTH Lace doily - A vintage pattern recreating from an heirloom.