Steps to Convert a Knit Pattern into a Crochet Pattern
Starting with your original pattern, it is up to you to discover the comparable gauge that can help you achieve the same result. It is best that you work with a crochet test swatch first, so you can get the most accurate measurements possible. Since crochet stitches are usually taller than knit stitches too, you may have to work only one row of crochet to equal two rows of knit. Again, this is dependent on the type of yarn you use as well as the stitches you use, so make sure to swatch carefully.Doing a test swatch can be absolutely fun, as you can experiment on different kinds of stitches, yarns and hooks to get the desired results you want. What can greatly help is having a stitch dictionary on hand, so you can really try out the stitch patterns you like best that would work in this particular project.
Next, make sure to sketch out the finished garment and mark it with the measurements that you got from your original gauge. Then, with your new gauge, calculate the measurements needed and mark your sketch accordingly. This is the part of the process where a calculator can come in handy, so don’t leave it all up to mental math and some guess-timating for you to be able to identify the number of rows you have to make.
If a schematic is provided for the knit pattern, it helps to have an extra copy on hand, so you can write the results of your calculations directly on the pattern itself. You can even use this extra copy to jot down your crocheting notes, as well. This will especially come in very handy, in case you decide to make it again some time in future. Don’t forget to note the yarn type and hook you used, as these information can also be very helpful for future uses.
Once you’re ready with your calculations, it’s time for you to crochet your garment from the new sketch. Measure your work regularly as you crochet your way through it, and make sure to compare it to the original pattern sketch once in a while. This will help you ensure that your sizing is on point and will keep you well on track to producing a comparable garment that you’ll surely be proud of.
The Art of Converting a Pattern
As the steps above have demonstrated, converting a knitted pattern into crochet is absolutely doable. You just have to be mindful about the fact that it’s not going to be a straightforward process. For one, it will take a little math and some guess work, as there is just no exact conversion formula for you to grab off the Internet and follow. Also, complex designs can be especially difficult to recreate, so just know that it won’t work for every pattern you find and love. Reality is, once the knitting pattern gets more complicated, the crochet conversions will likely get more complex, too. However, with constant practice, you will surely be able to transform any knitting pattern into crochet without any problem. Just know that you won’t be getting an identical result, but rather just a comparable one. Once you’re aware of these limitations, there is no stopping you from exploring all these exciting possibilities!
The Importance of Having Extra Yarn When Converting
When you are converting a knit pattern into crochet, don’t be surprised that crocheting generally uses more yarn than knitting! In fact, it has been estimated that crochet uses about 1/3 more yarn compared to the same item done in knit. If you’re using an Afghan crochet technique, it is known to even use more than just that, so just be prepared with having more yarn on hand.
Yet, the calculation above is only true if you are using the same kind of yarn. If you are substituting the yarn into something else, you should measure and then ravel out your swatch more carefully, so you can really pin down the amount of yarn you need to complete the conversion project. Regardless, it is best to err on the side of too much yarn rather than too little yarn. After all, if you’re really into crocheting, that extra yarn would be put into good use in one way or another, sometime in the future.
Taking Notes When Converting
If you find the process of converting enjoyable or if you feel that it is something you would like to do again in the future, it is important that you take notes while you’re at it. Not only will it help you remember your calculations, it will also be a good way for you to keep track of the process as it happens. It is best to jot down what works and what doesn’t work, so you don’t have to start from scratch all over again when you embark on your next conversion project.
Aside from making it easy for you on your next project, taking notes also allows you to share this new crochet pattern with other people too. Doing so can greatly save them the time of calculating everything all over again. And guess what, they’ll thank you greatly for it!
If you find a knitting pattern that you really want to recreate using crochet, don’t be intimated by the converting process. Truth is, converting patterns will involve some trial and error, but practice is the best teacher when it comes to helping you know what works and doesn’t work for transferring designs from knitting to crochet. At the end of the day, just know that you will get a comparable item, not an exact copy of the original pattern. If that’s not what you want, then maybe it’s time for you to invest in learning the other craft!