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What Do You Like Least About Knitting/Crochet?

My least favourite thing to do when knitting, for no reason whatsoever, is kitchener stitch. It’s not that I don’t enjoy it once I start. It’s quick enough and I can do it without thinking too much. Still every time I get to the end of a sock I stare at that ungrafted toe and sigh.


Last time I actually put the last few stitches on some scrap yarn and started the next sock instead. How does this make sense? Now I have to kitchener two toes at the same time. Three, in fact, since I have since knitted another sock – although at least that is worsted and has fewer stitches to do.

I also hate sewing things together but that at least can be avoided by knitting sweaters etc in the round.

What do you hate most about knitting/crochet?


26 thoughts on “What Do You Like Least About Knitting/Crochet?

  1. Have you thought about trying to knit socks from the toe-up? I think that my least favorite part of knitting is turning it when you’ve got loads of stitches on the needle/it’s really heavy so it’s awkward to do!


    1. I don’t know if I like knitting toe-up. I never finished my attempts. Also people have told me the cuff is really loose and I have skinny ankles. Do you find that?


      1. No, I don’t find that in general- by the end of the day they are a bit loose, but after washing they go back to being nice and tight. Maybe try some different rib patterns, see which ones pull in the most for you?


      2. I avoided overly loose cuffs by decreasing the stitches as I worked the cuff rib. The pros of toe-up is you can try them on as you go along. Negative space also matters, as does he right bind off. If all else fails, you can always thread a thin piece of elastic through the cuff to keep it in place.

        Another pro of toe-up is being able to knit two at a time without much trouble.


  2. My least favorite thing is when I make a mistake, because I know how to fix very few of my mistakes. So then I have to wait until I can ask for help, or look on tube and try to muddle through myself, or keep going and hope the mistake is only minor. That third option is never a good one!


  3. I don’t knit or crochet (have tried but they didn’t take) but I think every craft or art has comparable chores that we resist doing. Basting a quilt, winding warp, doing footnotes on a academic article–ick. I guess we must really love the final product, though–we keep coming back!


  4. I hate that knitting takes so long to complete compared to crochet and it peeves me that crocheting takes .5x or more of yarn for a project! Yet they both please me in different ways with the finished project. I did try the knooking thing, and that was a ball of confusion.


    1. I tried knooking and wasn’t totally keen but I’d try it again I think one day. I do agree that crochet and knitting both have their bonuses – and therefore both have their downsides, too!

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  5. I think my most hated chore for knitting and crochet is weaving in ends! Just saying that makes me want to also say “arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh, these ends!!!!” 😀


  6. Apparently it’s having to sew in ends, given my current knitting-related to do list. I have a hat and scarf that are otherwise finished but have never been worn because the ends aren’t sewn in.


  7. Ha ha, I’ve just this minute read a post on another blog about destesting kitchener stitch! So you’re definitely not alone. Personally I hate weaving in ends. There are – I’m not exaggerating – nearly a thousand ends on a giant afghan I made a while ago, and I STILL haven’t woven them in. One day when I’m stunningly successful and rich, I shall employ staff just to weave in my ends. And I shall pay them handsomly (sp?), because I know what an annoying, thankless job it is.


  8. I’m an oddball – I genuinely enjoy weaving in ends, grafting and seaming. I used to hate purling and rib stitch until I learned to knit continental. Now I don’t mind either.

    I think what I hate most is casting on. I have a lot of trouble to get them even, and they usually make the rest of my knitting look awkward and… well, noobish! I’ve tried a ton of different cast-ons and they always seem to fail.


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