Sunday, July 5, 2009

Comparing crocheted and knitted baby booties

I've never made the same project before
in both a knitted and crocheted version.

But these booties came in both
so it was interesting to compare them.

This isn't a totally fair comparison
the knitted did get an unfair advantage by
getting the better yarn and
the smaller size.
I''ll take that into consideration.

Crocheted version

double strap booties

Knitted version

knitted booties

I think if they were both made with identical yarn
and identical sizes
then they would be EQUAL in cuteness.
The knitted version was made with
some lovely soft wool in a smaller size
while the crocheted one was a test run made
with acrylic in a larger size.

The crocheted version gets big points for no seam
up the back. It looks better and is much faster to make.
I think this is the biggest difference between these two patterns.

The big advantage for the knitted version
is that

the knitted version was free while
the crochet version cost $5.95 (US)

The knitted one stretched more because
of the stocking st.

This could be seen as a plus or minus depending
how closely the fit matches the baby's feet.
This was an advantage for me because it turns out that
the baby had bigger than average feet.
Not sure if there is a downside to this stretchiness.

So the winner?
Both have advantages and disadvantages so
it really comes down to personal choice.
For me, it's the crochet version because
I can't knit that well and I'm willing to pay
for the advantage of seamless.


coltpixy said...

They are both adorable but I like the look of the crocheted version the best.

Mette aka mettuska said...

They both look very nice! I dreamed about babies lasta night and now you show me this...:D Well, no more babies for us but perhaps animal babys some day :D

sukigirl said...

Thanks to both of you!

Mette,'s funny because I dreamed of little girls and I have always dream of boys (I have 2 sons). I think it's because I just spent a wonderful weekend with my niece's 2 little girls. No more babies for me either, not even sure if there will be more animal babies.

Tric├┤ e Artes da Minie said...

Hi Suki!
Can I call suki?
It is the first time that I´m here in your blog and was blown away with so much beautiful.
My English is beginner so forgive me for any mistakes.
I will definitely follow up and visit more often.
Kisses, Mi.

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