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[Knitting] Translating a knit pattern to crochet

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Post time: 2013-9-9 23:33
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Edited by Reptilegirl27 at 2013-9-9 23:36

Okay so you've found the perfect pattern...wait...oh no it is for knitting not crochet! What are you going to do?! No worries my friends, I have your answer! I have used this a couple times already and it works out pretty good! It involves a little work but if you are desperate enough as I have been, you can do it

Below are some simple steps to convert that knitted pattern to crochet!

Basic items you will need:
- Crochet gauge measure
- Crochet hook
- Knitting pattern
- Yarn (allow roughly 30% more material when converting from knit to crochet)

Step 1:
Experiment with gauge to determine what size crochet hook and yarn will give you the same number of stitches per inch as the knitting pattern requires. Repeatedly check that your project is the correct size, especially if you are crocheting clothing.

Step 2:
Divide the required number of knitting rows in half throughout the pattern. Crochet stitches are generally twice the height of knit stitches.

Step 3:
Replace the number of cast-on stitches in your knit pattern with an equivalent number of crocheted chain stitches. Do not include the original slip stitch or the stitch on the crochet hook when counting stitches.

Step 4:
Work one row of single crochet stitches for every two rows of knit, two rows of purl or one row each of purl and knit.

Step 5:
Substitute a single row of half-double crochet stitches for three rows of knit, purl or a combination of knit and purl.

Step 6:
Use a row of double crochet to replace four rows of knit, purl or a combination and use a row of treble crochet to replace six rows.

Step 7:
Create ribbing by replacing the knit 1, purl 1 pattern with crochet stitches worked in the back loops of each row.

Step 8:
Search a stitch finder -- such as the one offered by Lion Brand -- to locate unusual or complex stitches in your knitting pattern and find a crochet replacement that looks similar.

Please keep in mind it will never look exactly the same. It will be of comparable quality with many differences, especially if you do this with apparel. If you want exact, then yes you will have to learn
the other craft. And don't be fooled by all the books you come across on Amazon because no matter what you do you can never fully translate that pattern to crochet. Just a heads up...plus I don't want you lovely peeps angry with me

I must take this time to give a shout out to my pal @medillon61 because of all your help and research with ALL THESE PATTERNS, I will finally be able to make my super awesome dragon and the way I want it! Lots of love girl XOXOXO

I hope you find this information useful!

Happy stitching everyone!
Amanda
   

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Post time: 2017-6-5 07:36
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Wow, great tips!  Thanks so much for sharing this.  I'll be using these next time I want to convert
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Post time: 2017-5-23 06:12
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This is great, thank you! I'll have to try this with a few patterns I've been wishing I could crochet.
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This is great! Thanks so much for the info...now if I can just understand it I'll be all right! LOL!
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Post time: 2016-10-26 02:52
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brilliant thank you very much for this post now to try it out
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Post time: 2017-5-19 22:49
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Great tips!  Thanks for sharing!
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Post time: 2016-11-22 08:33
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Gracias por compartir conocimientos !!!
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Post time: 2017-8-23 00:11
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It is very helpful.thank you very much
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Post time: 2016-11-30 10:57
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Thanks for sharing it will be helpful
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Post time: 2017-8-9 15:10
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Thank you for sharing
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Post time: 2016-7-17 14:52
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This was very usefull
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Post time: 2013-9-9 23:40
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Awwww ... I am so glad to hear that -  I too LOVE DRAGONS!  

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This is the one I love the most but have never done an xsd pattern - http://www.pindiy.com/forum.php?mod=viewthread&tid=55264&highlight=dragon  Post time 2013-9-10 01:37
The cross stitch pieces I am looking at are huge -- would be the biggest piece I ever did IF I can get to it but I am in trouble cause I cant decide which is truly my FAV!  Post time 2013-9-10 01:31
Oooow maybe start our own little crochet along so we can make sure we don't start anything else! At least nothing too big LOL  Post time 2013-9-10 01:21
Yea right...good luck with that I've been saying that after every new project LOLOLOL! Well WHEN we get there we'll have to share! :)  Post time 2013-9-10 01:19
BUT after XMas I am doing something for ME!  Post time 2013-9-9 23:59
No I have not -- I have nothing on my own walls that I have ever made :( Right now I have several things I HAVE TO get done especially because they are for the kids, I cant disappoint them  Post time 2013-9-9 23:58
Have you stitched any? I keep trying to get my current projects caught up so I can start on mine...I have two I desperately want to make but I keep getting requests : P  Post time 2013-9-9 23:57
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Post time: 2013-9-9 23:59
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Thank you very much! Very useful!

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Thanks for the rating! I should have posted this a long time ago :)  Post time 2013-9-10 01:22
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Post time: 2013-9-10 03:16
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this is GREAT information!!!! I do knit, but I don't like it, it takes too long and if you loose a stitch it take too long to get it back.....I changed to crochet because, it's faster, it uses less yarn and it is easier.....some knit pattern are prettier, especially in clothing...so I do knit clothing....thanks for the info......hugs

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Yes that's exactly why I chose to learn crochet over knitting...sooo much easier! I agree though, knitted clothing looks so much nicer then most of the crocheted stuff I've seen. Glad to help :)  Post time 2013-9-10 03:21
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Post time: 2013-9-12 23:42
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Great tips, I knit, but find it really slow compared to crochet and my hand get crampy.

I've seen those books and wondered if it really works, maybe Ill play around with some of your tips, thanks!

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Glad you found this interesting! It is helpful but they never turn out the same and you have to play with the stitches a lot to figure out what best resembles the original piece. Be sure to share!  Post time 2013-9-13 00:04
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Post time: 2013-9-13 00:28
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Sometimes it is better to do lace knitting with Tunisian crochet or Tunisian lace instead.

And there is always knooking now too.

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Great info thank you for sharing! I haven't heard of those styles before...going to do some research now :)  Post time 2013-9-13 01:37
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Post time: 2013-12-8 07:59
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Awesomeness! Thanks for the info!

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You're welcome! If you find anything you'd like to add please do!  Post time 2013-12-8 10:16
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Post time: 2014-1-27 07:52
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Thank You So much

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You are so very welcome! I hope you find this information useful!  Post time 2014-1-27 23:01
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Post time: 2014-2-14 06:42
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Great instructions. i dont think my skills are good enough to pull it off though .
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