The Knit and Crochet Guild summarized the history behind hand knitting versus crocheting
when sharing examples of knitted pieces dating back to specific pieces found in Spanish and Egyptian cultures dating back to the 13th century.
Crochet creations came along later and knitting has often been confused with other techniques including sprang, netting and nalbinding but these medieval processes are different.
However, nalbinding is older than knitting and both were used in the Tunisian region to make footwear. It’s possible knitting developed from nalbinding most likely during the days of the Roman Empire in ancient Egypt. In any case, those who knit and crochet still hold these practices near and dear to their hearts often crafting pieces for newborn infants, older babies, toddlers and other family members.
Patterns Passed On
Since both practices date back many centuries, patterns for knitting and crocheting were often passed down from generation to generation. This helped keep this crafty tradition alive and thanks to today’s modern technology, yarn mongers are finding and sharing patterns online.
Here are three platforms offering free patterns available on the internet for both knitters and those who love to crochet. You’ll find booties, bibs and blankets galore along with clothing, hats, outfits, even tiny washcloths and toys on many of these sites. So get clicking so you can start knitting and crocheting some of these adorable pieces.
1. All Crafts touts over 100 free baby knitting patterns available on their website.
2. Twenty-one easy knitting patterns are showcased on In The Loop Knitting.
3. At Knitting on the Net, those seeking free patterns choose between different categories including blankets, booties, hats, sweaters and other miscellaneous items.
1. Their name says it all at All Free Crochet with tons of options available for “happy hooking.”
2. The Spruce Crafts has at least a half-dozen patterns waiting for you on their website. Scroll to the bottom of the page and check out some “Quick Crochet Baby Gifts” you can make when time is of the essence.
3. You won’t miss a stitch with the many baby crochet patterns available at Yarnspirations.
BONUS: Producers of yarn for decades, at Red Heart, where their “sheep are on the move,” they have patterns for both genres. So in conclusion, have a blast creating your crafts whether you’re knitting, crocheting or both and your creations will become a part of posterity for many generations to come.