Knitting vs Crochet: The Similarities & Differences

One of the age-old questions in the craft world… Should I knit or crochet? Well, it’s not really an “age-old” question, but it’s still a question we tend to ask ourselves. Which one should we learn to do?

I think people come in three different types when answering this question: one person may choose one craft and call it a day. Another person may already have a strong preference between one over the other. And finally, the last person will need to know more information about the two crafts. So, here’s one of the best resources for the similarities and differences with Knitting and Crocheting!

Similarities between Crocheting & Knitting:

With either style of crafts, you can create the same types of projects with yarn (hats, blankets, scarves, etc).

Both crafts helps you to improve your hand-eye coordination by maintaining the tension in the yarn and minimizing any potential mistakes

A person can focus on the task at hand and led to an almost meditative state as you start to relax with each stitch.

Knitters and crocheters must be patient and it can take some time to finish a project. Some projects can be completed in an hour while others can take weeks to months to finish. But, the end result always makes the time put in worth it.

Creating items with yarn does need some planning. Such as, what materials are needed for the project, the pattern, and how much time it will take to finish a project. This last part is important if you are planning to give your project as a gift, and if it needs to be done in time for a specific event.

Projects are created either reading a chart or pattern.

Both forms of crafts have abbreviations and symbols when describing stitches (but the stitches themselves are different from one another).

Differences between Crocheting & Knitting:

Crochet uses different sized hooks and knitting uses different types of needles in various sizes. Knitting needles come in as straight needles, circular needles, and double-pointed needles. The project will determine which type of needles the knitter would need. Such as, a blanket can be created with circular needles and socks can be created with double pointed needles.

Whether it is true or not, I truly believe crocheting is faster than knitting. I find that most people can “work” the yarn faster with one crochet hook than two or four knitting needles.

Dropped stitches in knitting can be picked up easily even if it’s rows below. But, with crochet, you would have to unravel the stitches up until the point of where the mistake is and then you are able to fix it.

If dropped stitches aren’t fixed in knitting, then the project can unravel. But not with crocheting. With crocheting, the mistake can be left as a hole or uneven stitches.

A person can possibly end up having more works in progress (WIPs) in crochet since the hooks can be reused. With knitting, the yarn has to stay on one of the knitting needles.

So there you have it! The similarities and differences between knitting and crocheting. Although, I only know how to crochet, knitting is on my list to learn… One day. But which one is better or easier to learn, is up to each person to decide. It is a personal decision.

If you could choose one, knitting or crocheting, which one would you choose? How come?

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