Knitting vs Crochet – Which Is Better?

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.

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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 have many stitches that you can choose from. Knitting starts from learning plain or garter stitch and crochet starts with learning how to make the basic chain stitch.


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.

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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?

9 thoughts on “Knitting vs Crochet – Which Is Better?”

  1. Wow, I believe that to be able to knit or crochet is an art that is truly amazing even though there are been debates over which one is easier. The two of them require skills that one must develop. I remember in junior school they offered a knitting course that my sister took. It was quite interesting to see the way she went about it and the tools that she used.

    • You are right, both are tricky to learn at the beginning, and the younger you start the better. But like anything, once you have had enough practise it becomes second nature.

  2. Well, I guess it depends on what you want to make.  Knitting is clearly better for some stuff, crochet for other stuff. 

    I mean, if it hurts your hands to do one, then it makes sense not to do it.  

    But why would people debate such a thing?  They’re both good.

    I never knew crochet uses a lot more yarn than knitting.  But it makes sense.  I suppose if you’re short on yarn, knitting would be the way to go…until you got more!

    I don’t knit…or crochet.  But I’ve always kind of wanted to.  It seems really cool to take some measly little strings and make them into a fabulous sweater, afghan or babushka.  One of these days, when I have more space, I may very well take it up.  And when I do, I’ll do both.  Though knitting seems like it would be an easier place to start for a beginner…

    Is that true?


    • Hi Anna,  I started with knitting so I definetely find it easier, however many people swear that doing crochet work is far easier. 

  3. The article provides a comparison of knitting and crochet, highlighting the similarities and differences between the two crafts. The author explains the basic techniques of each craft and provides examples of the types of projects that can be made with each.

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  5. When it comes to choosing between knitting and crochet, it really depends on personal preference. Some people prefer the more structured look of knitting, while others like the versatility and creativity that come with crochet. Personally, I enjoy both crafts for different reasons. Knitting allows me to create beautiful garments with clean lines, while crochet gives me the freedom to experiment with different stitch patterns and create unique designs. 

  6. I appreciate the clarification between knitting and crochet. I’ve been doing some research on both to learn about possible gifts to buy for my mom who is beginning to take up the knitting. She started with making a simple scarf and mentioned blankets, but I see in the chart that crocheting is the preferred to do so. Well, looks like I’ll just have to get her a crochet kit. Thanks!


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