Knitting Snobbery? Why?
This sign appears in the window of my local yarn shop:
Oh, that’s nice to know, was my first thought. But the next instant I realized that a sign like that shouldn’t even be necessary. Shouldn’t both crafts be equal in yarn shops?
However, I wasn’t surprised. It just underscored a phenomenon I became aware of once I started crocheting: the strange sort of snobbishness some knitters seem to have toward crocheters, at least in the professional yarnworking world.
One would think that we would be sisters- (or even brothers-) in-arms. After all, many people do both crafts.
Nor was this an isolated incident. In nearly every yarn shop I’ve been in, the focus is on knitting. Every piece on display in the shop is knitted. In my LYS, with the sign displayed above, there is one crocheter among the employees, and she is still primarily a knitter. This shop doesn’t display any crocheted pieces, either.
So what’s going on here? Are we crocheters consigned to being second-class crafters? Why does crochet seemingly have a poor reputation?
Designed by Anastasia Popova
Designed by Annette Petavy
Furthermore, the possibilities for delicate lace patterns in crochet are nearly endless.