For whatever reason I decided it would be a good idea to make my friends scarves for Christmas. Not just any scarves, though, house scarves from Harry Potter. I have a Ravenclaw, a Slytherin and I am a Hufflepuff so I figured it would be perfect. Bzzt! Wrong answer.
I learned how to crochet from my dad, of all people, right? I’ve never been particularly good at it, but I did manage to make a purple scarf after several years so I figured if I really put my mind to it, I could crank out two or three before Christmas. Again, wrong answer. First off, finding bronze yarn is hard. The colors for Ravenclaw are blue and bronze, even though in the movies they’re shown as blue and silver. The only bronze yarn I could find is a different size and texture from the blue. So while crocheting the scarf gets this curvy wave thing going on because they’re two different sizes. On top of that, for whatever reason, I can’t for the life of me keep my stitches even. Somehow I always seem to gain or lose stitches and so the scarf gets thinner and thinner as I go on.
So since that failed I moved on to plan B; my sister. My sister learned how to knit from my aunt a while back and she’s pretty good at it. So since she happened to have some extra needles lying around, I got her to teach me how. Knitting is so much neater and looks a lot nice, but it’s also a lot harder.
Okay, here’s the deal. With crocheting you have on stitch to worry about at a time. If that one stitch comes out, no big deal, just redo it, if you missed a stitch, not so bad, you can just go back and try again. With knitting, that’s not the case. When knitting you have a lot of stitches to worry about all at once. In my case, I have thirty stitches to keep track of. If one comes out, I have to go back an entire row to fix it. On top of that they really like to come off the needles and slip out before you can put them back on. Occasionally I’ll run into a stitch that didn’t go on quite right and comes apart in the middle of the section. Then I have to all the way back just to fix it and hope I can catch all the stitches before they come out.
Yarn is a pain in the butt as well. I don’t like yarn. It’s made up of a ton of different strings that don’t really want to stay together like they should. So the needles sometimes catch all of them, and sometimes don’t and sometimes they get pulled out and then stick out in random places, making it look sloppy. Have I mentioned I don’t like yarn?
Even with knitting that doesn’t fully solve the wave problem. It still curves in on the smaller yarn. However, it’s not nearly as prominent as the crocheted version and if I stretch it a little it looks fine. My Ravenclaw will like it even if it is a bit wavy.