So here it is knitting vs crochet. The war is on. Which one is better?
My favorite is obviously knitting, but I am probably a bit biased here, as I have been knitting all my life and only do crochet work now and then. My hands for some reason cramp up when I crochet, which is probably why I enjoy the knitting more, but there are many people who say crochet is better as it is faster and easier with just one hook to contend with.
So let’s explore both of them so that you can make your own mind up.
So if you are looking for a new hobby and can’t decide between the two, you are in the right place and hopefully I can help you make an informed decision.
Knitting Vs Crochet
Knitting vs crochet is a debate that has been raging for decades in the crafting community. They both have their pros and cons, so it is ultimately up to the crafter to decide which method they enjoy most.
Both these crafts require needles and yarn and they both provide a way to create accessories and garments out of woven fabric which is made using your hands and the needles.
Sometime the end results can look very similar, but the two crafts are very different from each other. It is usually a personal preference of which one will be right for you.
Basically you can knit or crochet anything and everything, just the pattern will change according to the craft you are doing.
Both crafts can be used to create a multitude of items, but in general there are many more knitting patterns available out there than crochet patterns.
Knitting uses two long needles to form stitches. You progress by transferring stitches from one needle to the other. Crochet on the other hand uses a single shorter hook to form loops directly into the fabric.
They say (although I don’t agree here) that crochet is easier than knitting. Knitting does tend to unravel more easily than crochet though as it is easy to drop stitches.
Knitting is more versatile than crochet due to the unlimited different stitches you can use to create unique garments.
Crochet creates a more bulky fabric with small holes. Knitting creates a softer fabric with no holes (unless it is a Lacey pattern). So knitting is better for delicate items such as soft sweaters, soks and gloves, while crochet is better for bulky and more textured items like hats, toys and storage baskets.
Basic knitting creates a series of v shapes in the work.
Crochet work looks more like a series of pretty knots.
There are two basic stitches in knitting and five basic stitches in crochet. However, there are many additional techniques that can be done in knitting, which makes it slower to finish than crochet. Crochet also tends to use bulkier yarn in most cases which is also why it is quicker.
Crochet is more portable than knitting, as the hook can be taken out without the work unraveling. However, with knitting you need to keep the knitting on the needles, otherwise it will unravel.
If you make a mistake in crochet it is easier to unravel and fix. With knitting, it is more tricky as you need to make sure you catch all the stitches again, or, once again, the work will unravel.
With crochet, you are only working with one or a few stitches at a time, whereas knitting you could have many stitches on your needle at one time.
Crochet work, most of the time, uses 25 percent more yarn than knitting.
Knitting always uses two needles to create stitches, while crochet always uses a single hook. Knitting needles come in multiple different types and sizes, like circular or double pointed, while crochet needles are all the same but only come in multiple sizes.
Last but not least there are many types of knitting machines on the market, but I have yet to come across a crochet machine.
So what is it for you, knitting or crochet?