Crochet vs Knit – Key Differences Of Knitting vs Crochet – Which Is Better?

Crochet vs knitting, which is the superior craft? But what if crocheting and knitting are equally excellent?

Read my guide and decide!

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Here are the differences, similarities, and the information you need to know on the crocheting or knitting comparison in my blog post.

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What Makes Them Similar?

At their core, they’re not too different from each other!

  • They use yarn! They’re the most popular fiber arts.
  • Created years ago
  • You work from patterns, divided into steps using abbreviations. Some mean the same for both crafts. Reading a knitting or crochet pattern is like knowing how to read a secret language!
  • You learn and develop excellent skills like hand-eye coordination, memory, color theory, logic, and improve your maths! When you learn to knit or crochet, it challenges your brain and keeps it flexible.
  • They have health benefits. Research shows your brain creates new neural pathways when knitting or crocheting
  • Needs a considerable amount of time to develop muscle memory
  • Create almost anything of any project size.
  • Before starting a creation, it’s best to do a knitting or crochet swatch
  • They enhance your creativity and create a wonderful result
  • Explore a new hobby!

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What Is The Difference Between Crochet And Knit?

Here are the differences between knitting and crochet.

The Method Of The Craft

You need a crochet hook and work around in a rectangular, or circular pattern to crochet. You have one working (live) stitch at a time. The finished stitches look like knots.

There is one basic crochet stitch, the chain stitch. Start with it to create different methods. There are four others.

  • Single crochet
  • Half double crochet
  • Double crochet
  • Slip stitch crochet.

From the UK or Australia?

  • Single crochet = double crochet
  • Half double crochet = half treble
  • Double crochet = treble

To knit, you need two needles, and the stitches hang off one of the two needles like a shower curtain. They look like loops.

Stitches move from one needle to the other as you go.

There are four main needles.

  • Circular needles (for knitting in the round)
  • Straight needles
  • Double pointed needles
  • Interchangeable circular needles

There are two basic stitches.

  • Purl stitch – has a bump
  • Knit stitch – looks like little Vs

Knit and purl stitches make up many stitch patterns.

Cast on with a slip knot or a slip stitch, and you half-knit the stitch to create as many needed. 

Here are some basic tutorials and videos so you can get a feel for each. Enjoy the experience of the stages of learning!

The Way Crochet And Knitting Projects Turn Out

  • Crochet is bulkier and more hard-wearing
  • Knitting is softly textured, and knitted fabric is smoother to touch.

Stitches

This is another big difference between knitting and crochet.

  • Crochet has far more stitches.
  • Most knitting is done with the knit and purl stitch
  • Other knit stitches combine and expand upon techniques you already learned, like one varation called the stockinette stitch, one row knit one-row purl.

Tools Used

Crochet uses crochet hooks, and knitting uses knitting needles. They’re aptly named as knitting needles have a pointy end, and crochet hooks have a handle with a slightly curved end.

People say crochet is easier because there’s only one tool to keep track of. Fun fact, crochet hooks are handy for fixing mistakes or adding tassels, so knitters use one hook too.

No one’s made a crocheting machine! Every crocheted item is handmade. You can knit on looms and knitting machines.

Here’s a list of popular items used for each yarn craft. (These aren’t everything you need, but they’re enough to start.)

Crochet 

Knitting Supplies

Projects Best Suited For

(Note: Most projects can be knitted or crocheted.)

Crochet

For projects needing thicker, heavier fabric. There are many beginner projects to choose from! Crochet blankets are popular.

(Note: You’ll need an account to download the patterns. There’s plenty of choice, so you’ll find something!)

Knitting

Here are popular knitting projects ideas. (You often have more options of patterns to choose from with this craft.)

Common Motifs Of Each Craft

There are many different types of techniques. Here are the most recognizable ones.

Crochet

  • Circular Creations – Cloths, potholders, rugs, and others.
  • Granny Squares – Versatile. Used to create many things!
  • Lacework Or Crochet Patterns With Holes In Them

Knitting

  • Cables – Common in sweaters and cardigans
  • Fair Isle Knitting – Scottish – Intricate, colorful stitchwork
  • Ribbing – Makes the knitting stretchy but still hold its shape.
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Which Is Best For You?

Can’t make up your mind on which to try? Read through the following tips and content and decide.

Knitting

  • You’re patient. Knitting takes time, dedication, and a lot of patience! The stitches are often more complicated, taking a lot longer than you might expect.
  • Want to be swamped in inspiration and ideas? It’s a sign! There are many knitting patterns and places to be inspired!
  • You want to save money because you rarely buy as much yarn as for a crochet project. Plus, yarn advertised as knitting yarn is more affordable.
  • You’re logical. Reading and creating knitting patterns requires a bit of math.

Crochet

  • You make mistakes frequently or constantly have to redo your work, much easier to fix them in this craft.
  • You don’t mind working in irregular or random ways.
  • Like quick crochet projects? Do bulkier items fast

Pros And Cons Of Crocheting Vs Knitting

Crocheting

Pros

  • Easy to go back and fix mistakes. Quick to unravel. Pull the knots loose until you reach the place where you made a mistake.
  • Fabric produced with this craft is lighter.
  • Easy to fix an uneven edge with a crochet border
  • Quicker than knitting, but speeds vary
  • Easier because there’s only one tool.
  • Fun shapes and geometric patterns to try
  • You work with one stitch. Don’t worry about multiple stitches at once!

Cons

  • Not as well catered to as knitting for supplies, yarn, and notions,
  • Few dedicated crochet companies. However, KnitPicks launched a fabulous site called WeCrochet. Expect the same quality, range, and excellence in their products, only for crochet!
  • Not as much information or visibility, as from NickyKnacks talks about here. I agree, so I created the Top 100 Crochet Bloggers to showcase wonderful, talented crocheters.
  • Planning to make complicated, tiny, or delicate patterns or stitches? Knitting is better
  • Not as easy to do lots of color changes.
  • Crocheted clothing is less flattering than knitwear.

Knitting

Pros

  • Knitting is more popular. Knitwear has taken the fashion world by storm and is trendy.
  • If you knit, you’re in good company
  • It’s the most well-known fiber art.
  • High-end fashion uses knitting to create garments because they’re suited to delicate stitchwork with fine details.
  • The best craft for complicated colorwork or lots of color changes.
  • Stretchy fabris
  • Creates wonderful drape.
  • Not so many stitches and techniques are needed in your repertoire to get a real hand on the craft. 

Cons

  • Not as easy as crochet to fix mistakes. Pull out the stitches and transfer them to the other knitting needle. It’s demanding and frustrating for a beginner.
  • More materials for learning how to use before you start.
  • You can’t take the needles out halfway through a project
  • Not as fast as crocheting,
  • Confusing as there are many stitches to remember
  • Difficult to create household items, and they won’t be as tough or long-lasting.
  • Not recommended for toys as you don’t get the same feel and hard-wearing quality.
  • More risk of knitting needles being confiscated at airports from your carry-on luggage.
  • The fabric you create with hand knitting is heavier.
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Crochet Myths – Busted!

Crochet Uses More Yarn Than Knitting

Sometimes this is true, but it depends. The nature of some crochet stitches types means it uses more yarn. Because the stitches are larger, they cover more surface area, using more yarns.

Smaller stitches use less yarn.

Verdict – Not Always True!

You Shouldn’t Crochet Sweaters

Another ‘rule’ in the crafting world is advice to avoid heartaches, confusion, or too much of a challenge. Yes, knit sweaters are easier and create a stretchier, more flexible fabric.

But who says you can’t make them in your crochet work? Crochet sweaters are lovely! They have different feelings and textures.

Verdict – Not True

Combining The Two Crafts

Yes, it’s possible! It’s hard to distinguish between knitting and crochet when it’s in a finished project. Even experts struggle. No one minds if you combine the two ways in one project.

Techniques in crochet like Tunisian crochet and “knooking” produce crochet like knitting stitches or cables. You still crochet, but it looks like knitting.

A common way to combine them in knitting is to complete a project with a crocheted edge and vice versa.

Whether you stand on the knitting vs crochet debate, melding the two together is rewarding.

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Q&A

Which Is Easier To Learn Knitting Or Crocheting?

Neither! Each is a fabulous craft with skill sets, challenges, techniques, and ideas. Learn how to knit and crochet! The more, the merrier.

Both require a learning curve, but mastery of the technique takes practice. Be prepared for wonderful results!

See a more detailed breakdown in this video on Youtube.

Is Knitting Better Than Crochet?

You decide! Prefer logical, mathematical thinking? Knitting might be better.

Is Crocheting Hard?

It depends. For some, it isn’t easy. For others, it is!

Some find crocheting easier because there’s not as much fiddling with moving stitches from one needle to another. The smaller the loop, the trickier it is to deal with!

If you decide to learn to crochet, have hope, it’s one of the most rewarding yarn crafts. If you don’t like it, try knitting instead.

This debate has existed since the birth of these crafts. But there’s no answer. Can’t decide? Pick both! They go together.

Do you like one more? Or perhaps you’ve learned both. If so, what’s your crafting journey? Or have any questions? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this article.

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2 thoughts on “Crochet vs Knit – Key Differences Of Knitting vs Crochet – Which Is Better?”

  1. I’ve been both knitting and crocheting for over 40 years (which means I’m middle-aged — started when I was a kid). The whole knit vs crochet “debate” is just silly — funny it always comes down to knit vs crochet and not, say, knit vs macrame.

    Choose what you want to make. Think about what kind of finished item you want. Then plan accordingly.

    A few things about the points in the post: while crochet can be easier to deal with if a mistake requires ripping out entirely, knitting lets you deliberately drop stretches and rework them to fix localized problems. And crochet was invented to imitate older firms of lace-making — it does a wonderful job on fine, dedicate items if you use thread and a small hook (okay, you can knit doilies too but the point stands). The household items point was so vague as to be silly — which household items? To what specs? For which functions? Either craft will fit the bill for most things. It’s all in how you work the item. For example, I have both knit and crochet trivets of the same thickness and sturdiness. Ditto for dishcloths. It’s just about what design caught my eye the day I decided I needed to throw out the worn out ones and replace them.

    The one true pro vs com I’ve noticed, at least in my area, is cultural. It’s the hardcore crocheters who started the knit vs crochet “debate” — generally speaking, knitters don’t care. It’s far more common around where I am to find knitters who later learned crochet than the other way around.

    Expand your skill set (if it isn’t already), be comfortable in both, and then you are empowered to make every item in the best way possible. Nothing to debate.

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    • Kit, thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts. It’s given me a better understanding of both crafts. Thank you for your feedback. I’ll take another look at my post to improve the point about household items. Cheers Jodie

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