Are you a knitter that wants to try your hand at crocheting? Or, perhaps you're new to crochet and would like suggestions as far as what kinds of projects to make. One idea is housewares. Crochet products such as place mats, rugs and even clothing/partitions for baby cribs are often needed but don't require the same amount of work as a full on bedspread or afghan that might take months to complete. It's also possible to find patterns for crocheted items such as pot holders, dish cloths and even turkey platters that are quick projects.
While something like a doily requires single crochet stitches, some products can be worked in double crochet, half-double crochet or even a combination of the two. You'll want to do a bit of research as far as types of yarn, needles and hooks that are required for your projects. It's also important to note that not all products need to be made from cotton, but you'll have to consult your pattern for this information.
Crocheted items are often not as durable as their counterparts knitted with wool or thread, but there are ways to make them more so if you want your products to last a good long time. First, avoid patterns that have too many holes, which can create weak spots in the product. Also, keep an eye out for the number of stitches in a pattern. Items that are worked on large gauges often have fewer holes, and there is less of a chance of creating holes if you're using good sized hooks.
Lastly, it's important to make sure that your measurements are accurate when making items like pot holders and place mats. Always get it tested out on the hottest burner before using it, and you'll want to air dry your items for at least 24 hours. Crochet housewares are great projects for knitters who'd like to try their hand at crocheting as well as beginner crocheters looking for some quick, easy projects they can work up or even sell once finished.