knit hats vs make hats by knitting

ansonman posted:

I have made up two sentences below.

(1) You know how to knit hats.

(2) You know how to make hats by knitting.

I think (1) sounds OK. Does (2) sound natural to native speakers? I really appreciate your help.

Hi, Ansonman,

Both sentences sound natural, but (2) takes a special context, and I would prefer (2) with "them" at the end: "You know how to make hats by knitting them."

Don't use (2) unless you wish to draw attention to the fact that there are other ways of making hats and that you are only making a claim about one of them.

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