Some people presume that all yarn craft is knitting, or one is confused for the other. Those that know are able to see the difference between crocheting and knitting. Many can also do both, but most will have a preference for one yarn craft over the other.
Several people choose to crochet because they believe that it is faster than knitting. This is because, in crochet, you are only using one hook; that’s why it is easier to maneuver. Knitting uses two needles, so both hands are busy. In crochet, it is also easy to undo a mistake compared to knitting because you will only deal with one live stitch.
It is also said that if you wish to do knitting as a hobby, you have to be a lot more patient because finishing a project can take longer than crocheting, and it is true in most cases.
Crocheting and Knitting: The Pros and Cons
Crocheting and knitting produce amazing yarn projects. However, they have their respective pros and cons, as well.
Crocheting: The Pros
Crochet fabric is strong, thick and generally more intricate
One fabric is not actually nicer than the other. They are just different, and it depends on the preference of the individual. Some prefer chunky fabrics than thinner ones and vice versa. Also, with crochet, you can create intricate and beautiful lace designs, which can be very difficult to do with knitting. Crochet fabric is actually draper and finer when it is in lace form. On the other hand, it is sturdier and chunkier in most forms than knitting fabric.
You can use only one hook for multiple crochet projects
You can just pull the last loop of your project until it is long, then place a stitch marker and indicate the hook size you’re using, and you are good to go. When knitting, you have to keep your knit project on your needles until it is completed. With crochet, you’ll need less stuff in general. Knit crafters tend to have a vast collection of knitting needles especially if they are doing multiple projects.
You can easily put your hook in your bag, but it’s a different story for knitting needles because they are a bit harder to transport when you need to protect multiple loops. Crochet projects can survive from being shoved in a bag or flung across the room with no worries.
You only have one “live” stitch
You only work with one stitch at a time with crocheting. It is rare to have more than 6 loops on your hook at one time. When you are crocheting, it is easier to keep track of one live stitch than to keep track of twenty or more loops of yarn on a needle.
Crocheting is faster than knitting
This came from the experiences of both crocheters and knitters all over. I have a friend who is a knitter, and I am a crocheter. One day, we decided to make the same project – a blanket. It only took me a few days to finish, but it took a week to finish hers.
Although there is no way to prove that crochet is faster than knitting definitively, several have reported how much quicker crocheting is than knitting in general.
When you make a mistake in crocheting, it is so much easier to recover from it
In both knitting and crochet, you have to undo the stitches to correct your mistakes. The difference is, in crochet, you only have one live stitch, so you can just easily unravel that stitch fix it, and then you are good to go. In knitting, it can be tiresome because you have so many loops on your needle that you need to unravel.
Crochet is more versatile
Although it’s hard to duplicate the stretchy, fine fabric of knitting with crochet. It is also equally hard to replicate lacework, amigurumi, and homewares such as baskets and crochet handbag’s durability with knitting. With crocheting, you can easily create flowers and motifs, as well, which is something that you will find difficult in knitting.
Crocheting: The Cons
Colorwork with crocheting is not as clean as in knitting
There are several ways you can do colorwork in crochet. However, intarsia and tapestry crochet don’t look as neat as knitted. When you see sweaters with clearly defined color, they are usually knitted and not crocheted.
There is less crochet-related stuff out there
I am not sure of the reason, but yarn stores tend to cater more to knitters than crocheters. The same goes for thrift stores and op shops. Although it is not really a big issue, because you can already order everything online nowadays, when it comes to retail shopping, it is less fun for a crocheter. When it comes to the retail category, knitting is the winner.
Crochet clothing is generally less flattering than knitted ones
Although you can make draped and flattering fabric in crochet, most knitting projects always come out drapey and flattering. For instance, a crocheted jumper is chunkier than a knitted one. However, the lace form of crocheting creates flattering crochet clothing.
Knitting: The Pros
Knitted fabric is light, soft, and stretchy
The overall look of a knitted fabric is thinner and denser than traditional crochet, and you can create amazing draped garments in knitting. Knitted fabrics are excellent as items that are worn close to the body where you do not want to have extra bulk like fine gloves, sweaters, and socks.
Everyone knows knitting is what you do
When you are holding yarn and knitting needles, people think that you are knitting, and it is great if you are a knitter. However, when you are crocheting, some would still think that you are knitting. If you are embroidering, they would also think that you are knitting. Oh well.
There are fewer knitting stitches than crochet stitches
This is excellent if you are learning. This means that you can get skilled up quickly. There are a variety of ways to knit – loom knitting, circular knitting. However, there are fewer stitches and actions to wrap your head around while you are learning to knit.
The yarn craft world is already set up for you
In retail stores, you can find that most of the tools for yarn crafts available are for knitting. Several yarn stores have at least 70% knitting tools, such as needles, patterns, accessories, and classes. You will notice that the knitting section in stores is more noticeable than the crochet section.
Knitting: The Cons
You have to look after more “live” stitches
When you are knitting, you move your row of stitches from one needle to another. If you have cast 25 stitches, that will be 25 stitches you have to pay attention to. You will get better over time at not dropping the stitches; however, the learning curve is quite steep at the beginning.
It is hard to make knitted toys
When it comes to toys, crocheting is easier because you can get cleaner lines and shapes, and you can work in the round. Knitted toys are also lovely; however, they do not have the amigurumi finish that you can get with crochet.
It is hard to make homewares
Making homewares with knitting is possible, but it is tough to duplicate crocheted chunky baskets, circular placemats, hanging planters, jar covers, and bathmats. If you wish to make amazing homewares, crochet would be the best choice.
You cannot use your knitting needles for two or more projects at once
There is no way you can pull the needles out of an unfinished knit project and use it for another project. Those needles need to be there until the project is finished, or else, your project will be ruined.
Knitting needles are much more likely to be confiscated by airport security than crochet hooks
Depending on what airline and where you are travelling, needles are generally considered as a larger security threat than crochet hooks, and it actually makes sense. Crochet hooks are just like pens, but knitting needles are pointy and long. You will probably lose your needles at the scanners, especially if they are made of metal. So, if you are traveling, this is something you may want to consider.
Benefits of Crocheting and Knitting
Although the two yarn craft methods are being debated about by many, both have similar benefits.
Yarn craft will make you happy
Hobbies significantly increase mood and quality of life, create strong relationships, and will keep you involved in a community. Yarn craft can give you a sense of purpose, as well. You are also able to make things that are useful while you are watching your favorite show.
Doing yarn crafts can help break bad habits
If you aim to quit smoking, eating too much, or want to limit your Facebooking – yarn craft can be an excellent tool. It’ll keep your hands and mind busy, and you will likely forget about your bad habits.
You are able to give the best gifts
You will know what I mean if you have ever given someone an amazing hand crocheted or knitted scarf. Giving something that you have made yourself as a gift is something that money cannot buy. People will appreciate the effort and time you put into making something beautiful.
It’s easy to start yarn crafts
With crocheting and knitting, you won’t be needing a lot of space, huge expenses, or special machines to start. All you need to begin a project are needles or hooks, yarn, and a pair of scissors. That’s it! You may need to add more tools as you go down the road and learn new stitches and methods. You can also find free patterns on the internet. You don’t need to purchase a book of crochet or knitting patterns.
Crochet and Knitting: The Differences
Crochet concepts and techniques are a bit more accessible than knitting. Knitting projects are always held on a needle, while crochet is not. The crochet project will always be independent of the hook. This difference makes crochet easier to work with.
When it comes to knitting, the loops will hang off the needle just like a shower curtain, and then transferred from one needle to another loop by loop. When you stop in the middle of your knit project, the stitches should be left on the needles, which can make it slightly unwieldy. It is a disadvantage when you are in transit because you have to make sure that the stitches don’t fall off the needles. With this situation, needle stoppers can help. This also means that you have to unload your work onto stitch holders when you want to use the same needles for another project. You have to be careful not to twist or drop the stitches when transferring them to the stitch holder.
When it comes to crocheting, the stitches are looped onto the piece. There is no need to transfer stitches from one hook to another. When you stop in the middle of a crochet project, you can just remove the hook and take a stitch marker and place it on the last loop. When you are ready to start crocheting again, you can just unhook the stitch marker and continue where you left off. In crochet, the stitch markers act as stitch holders, as well. This means that your crochet hook can be easily placed inside your bag and unloaded from it when needed.
With knitting, the stitches generally make a V shape, while with crocheting, the stitches made are more like knots. Both are techniques of looping yarn together, but with different styles.
Tools for crocheting and a bit more efficient. A set of hooks is already enough for several crochet projects. You can get a set that includes all sizes, and you are ready to make different projects. You can make multiple projects and use the same hook without any problem. You don’t have to worry about holding your stitches, the size of your project, or whether you are crocheting in the round or regular.
In knitting, the needles cannot be interchanged. The type and size of the project will affect the required needle length – short, long, or longer. For instance, you decide to make a bigger version of a baby blanket that you’ve just finished, you might have to go out and purchase a new pair of needles. The knitting technique that is required in a pattern will also affect the type of needle you will need: Circular, Straight, or Double Pointed. For instance, if you are knitting a hat pattern that needs a size 10 but you will need them in Circular because straight needles won’t work with that kind of project. This means you will have a much larger stash of knitting needles than crochet hooks.
Tip: Circular knitting needles have a better value than straight or double pointed ones because they can be utilized in place of straight needles.
What will happen in case you miss a stitch, forget where you are, or drop one? Backtracking is different from crochet to knit. With knitting, backtracking is harder because you will need to undo the stitches by moving them back to the old knitting needle, and it can be complicated depending on the style of the stitch. This has more room for mistakes because there is a possibility that you’ll make more mistakes while moving the stitches back.
In crochet, it’s simpler and easier to undo a mistake. You just have to remove your hook and then pull the yarn that will undo the loops until the desired spot.
Choosing Between Crocheting and Knitting
Crochet is the one for you if:
- You prefer quick projects
- You are not afraid of making mistakes. In crocheting, it is easier to undo a mistake.
- Your like going down, up, over and around, which means your mind works spatially.
- You are creative. This is because there are fewer crochet patterns available, and you might want to create your own.
- You like versatility and convenience.
Knitting is the one for you if:
- You are really patient. Making knit projects will take more time to finish than crochet. The stitches are also smaller and more detailed.
- You prefer logical directions and projects.
- You want a wide range of patterns for projects. Several knitting patterns are readily available and are more popular than crochet patterns.
- You are looking to the needle arts and for something more serious. For instance, a focus on garments or fashion.
Crocheting and knitting are both great yarn crafts. If you are in love with yarn, it wouldn’t matter which method is faster. There are other factors that will determine whether knitting or crocheting is for you. In the end, it is a matter of preference: whether you are into thinner or bulkier fabric, whether you are into more intricate patterns or simpler ones, and more. There is no need to debate which yarn craft is better, for both are equally beneficial.