Believe or not, I cleaned this up to be as gentle as possible.
I am almost positive it will, at best upset a few people and at worst really T-off some others.
So why write it? because sometimes it is needed to give a strong opinion even when it may be an unpleasant truth instead of what people want to hear.
CAN Crochet be CONVERTED To KNIT?
IMNHO – the best information about this can be found in the
Lion Brand FAQ
How do I convert a crochet pattern to knit?
Question: How do I convert a knit pattern to crochet?
Lion’s Answer to BOTH:
Knitting and crochet use stitches that are different sizes and shapes.
You can’t “convert” a pattern from one to the other.
Each pattern must be totally redesigned and even then, it’s not always possssible.
With all due respect to various authors, every book I have seen on this topic was not worth the investment either of money to buy it or time to read it.
Could you learn this in a class, maybe if the instructor was extremely well grounded technically and made it very clear that you are NOT converting, you are RE WRITING IN A DIFFERENT Discipline. And if you already possess the basic skills your your preferred craft, be it knit or crochet.
Otherwise, these books are not really helpful. Most of what I have read on the web about how to convert a pattern is so entirely simplistic and totally ignores the nuances of the differences in the finished fabric that at best, be it book or web “how to” are a nearly fool proof recipe for disappointment – your disappointment that is.
Just as “designing” for different size ranges often requires a nearly complete re-write of a pattern (unless you want really ugly fitting garments) Creating a similar look in another technique requires you have reasonable basic skills in BOTH techniques.
The truth is you can, IF you are technical enough to write your own patterns – and many experienced crocheters are, create a similar looking garment but you cannot convert “stitch for stitch” no matter what is says on all those websites.
If converting patterns is your goal, then you need to build your library of stitch instructions, and learn all the basic skills, including shaping, increases and decreases, shaping and oh yeah, that most dreaded of words, SWATCHING and not just a single swatch, if you want to create crochet instructions from knit, you need to plan to make several swatches.
Nancy Nehring is teaching a series of classes at CGOA this summer on designing simple garments and progressing into shaping – There are few people more qualified, as a technician and as a teacher to learn these skills from.
But IF the look and feel of knitting is desirable, then you need to get into Tunisian/Afghan crochet and learn those stitches. I believe there was still some seats in Darla Fanton’s Beginning Tunisian class is place to get grounded in that crochet technique.
Once you have learned these basic skills, you will be able to CREATE the look you want instead of being disappointed by the result attempting to “convert” without adequate skills and experience.
P.S. my favorite “tool” for converting – sewing patterns but that is a blog-a-mentry for another day.
P.S. Jr, if you want to send me any website that you think has instructions that will really work, I am more than willing to look and give them a fair try.