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« on: March 31, 2008 08:22:38 AM »

Hello fellow Craftsters!

I didn't know if I should post this topic on the Crochet board or the Knitting board, but I had to choose one so here I am.

I recently bought $50 worth of yarn to make myself a laptop bag based on this pattern


and $50 is a LOT of money for me. I started crocheting it because I figured it would be sturdier with crochet stitches (can't felt it since it's all acrylic), but I'm halfway through my yarn and NOT close to the halfway mark of the bag. I refue on principle to go out and buy another $50 of yarn, so I can have a $100 laptop bag. $100 for a laptop bag? I might as well use the yarn for something else and just BUY a laptop bag.  Undecided

I've heard that crocheting uses up 3x more yarn than knitting, so I'm seriously considering frogging and knitting it instead ... does anyone have any experience in the difference of yarn usage between crocheting and knitting that can help me figure out if the effort will be worth it or not?  Huh

Thanks bunches in advance!  Grin
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« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2008 08:27:31 AM »

You're right, knitting is much less yarn consuming, so I'd go ahead and frog if I were you.

« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2008 08:44:14 AM »

I'm not sure if crochet uses 3 times more yarn, or 1/3 or 1/2 more, but it definitely uses more. I picked up a crocheted scarf at the thrift store for $1, wasn't especially long, but using large needles, I knit an elbow length capelet/shawl from it all.

« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2008 07:00:42 AM »

Before you frog - if you haven't already that is - you might want to try out a couple of different stitches to see what uses more yarn. (knit a swatch with a specific amount of yarn and seee which is bigger or do a couple of swatches the same size and see which uses more yarn) I would guess that since you are doing a laptop bag it will need to be knit with a very sturdy stitch that will not stretch under the weight of the laptop. The best one that comes to mind would be the Linen Stitch which uses more yarn than plain old garter or stockinette. Most stitches that are sturdy will involve some sort of "slip stitch" and they use more yarn.

On the other hand if you can sew - even just a little - you could use garter or stockinette and line the bag with a sturdy fabric. Just make sure you use Linen stitch or something like that for the handle.
« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2008 03:25:04 PM »

Yeah, I think lining it is going to be the best solution ... that way, if needed, I can use an "airier" stitch to conserve yarn ... blah!
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« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2008 08:34:33 AM »

Just for future reference:

Although it depends entirely on which knit stitches you are comparing with which crochet stitches, a good basis for comparison is that crochet uses 30% more yarn.  (Not 3x more, or else I'd be totally and completely broke from all those years of crocheting and not knitting. Cheesy

I would think that unless you were felting it, I'd want it lined no matter which stitch, knitting or crochet, got used.  Eventually any of them would tend to stretch with the weight of the laptop.  So I would not worry about how sturdy the stitch is, I'd use whatever you have yarn for.

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« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2008 10:54:02 AM »

Excellent advice! I guess I was a little off on the yarn usage ... I knew there was a "3" involved!  Cheesy

Guess I start frogging tonight!
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