Do you know if you are a process knitter or a product knitter? I’ve read many descriptions explaining the differences between product knitting and process knitting, and maybe it’s because I relate to both that I see a fine line differentiating the two. If you are unsure what type of knitter you are, I’m going to give my best shot at describing both types. Hint: There is no wrong type.
When you see a new pattern, do you get excited because the finished garment is something you must have? Product knitters are folks that are interested in the end product. They have a specific purpose for what they are knitting and celebrate when they complete a project. The product knitter in me totally revels in my completed projects. I have my eyes on the prize when I’m knitting, and the prize is the finished garment.
A process knitter is someone who enjoys the process of knitting. They see a new pattern and decide to buy it because the design looks interesting. Process knitters like to learn new techniques, experiment with new yarns, and play with new patterns. Their endgame is to expand their knitting knowledge: it’s all about the knitting process, not the product.
The majority of the time, I’m a process knitter. I’m intrigued by a pattern, not because I want to make it for myself, but because the design is drawing me in. I will read through the pattern and see if I will be given the opportunity to learn something new. I constantly want to gather more knowledge and I’m thrilled by the challenge of stepping into a new knitting experience. I also find enjoyment when I switch gears into product knitting. I keep a list of all the projects I complete in my knitting journal and every time I add a new one to the list, I beam with glee. I also switch to product knitting when I’m in a creative rut. I will pick a simple pattern based solely on wanting to wear the finished piece. I turn into a tiny machine when I product knit. I don't have to think about what I'm doing, I just knit. Towards the end of the project, I’m speed knitting to finish, because my ideas start to surface again.
When it’s all said and done, it doesn’t matter what type of knitter someone is. We all have the common desire to do what we love, and that’s to knit.