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Knitting Vs. Crochet: Understanding The Differences

Knitting Vs. Crochet: Understanding The Differences

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Knitting Vs. Crochet: Understanding The Differences

by Jennifer Dawson

Those new to knitting and crochet often get the two mixed up — and this isn’t surprising since they’re very similar crafts. So, what are the differences? And why do they matter? Well, it all ultimately comes down to personal preference. Statistically, crochet is favored slightly more than knitting — 48% of yarn crafters primarily crochet; 32% primarily knit; and 20% do both equally, a study from the Craft Yarn Council reveals. If you’re newly interested in taking up yarn crafting, it’s important you explore both techniques to find out their differences and work out which one you may be best suited to.


Knitting: an overview

There are two basic stitches used in knitting: the knit stitch and the purl stitch. Many people prefer knitting clothing rather than crocheting it. This is because knitting allows for a softer and more supple material, which feels nicer against the skin. Moreover, some simply prefer the smaller stitches and overall finished look of knitted garments; think of your favorite knit jumper as an example. Since knitting provides a thinner fabric, many beautiful, intricate designs can be created with various stitches — which are essentially variations on knit and purl stitch — and colors, such as the Fair Isle knitting technique.

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Crochet: an overview

Crochet is easier than knitting in several ways. Since only one stitch stays on the crochet hook, you don’t need to worry about dropping multiple stitches. If it unravels, you can easily count the stitches and crochet them again. It’s ideal for making useful items, such as, toys and baskets which require a sturdier, more durable fabric. It’s also faster to complete a crochet project since the yarn is loosely woven in contrast to tight knit stitches. Crochet is also best used for intricate, lacy pieces with a finer cotton and a smaller crochet hook. The results can truly be stunning.

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So, which one should I start with?

That’s totally up to you! If you’re a newbie and want to make the learning process as simple as possible, try crochet. It’s easy to learn, but still just as satisfying. Moreover, it’s a great stepping stone to knitting. If, however, you want to dive into something more complex and create your own clothes, go for knitting. Once you progress to intermediate and advanced stages, you can create more detailed and sophisticated styles with knitting. Above all, feel free to experiment! Both knitting and crochet are wonderful crafts offering plenty of satisfaction and value.


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Jennifer Dawson spent over a decade building and running a haberdashery including all kinds of make and do craft classes during the day and in the evenings, including sewing lessons for beginners and those who were more experienced in their hobby. She works as a freelance content manager and writer. This includes working with a sewing equipment review site which also provides guides to various sewing related themes. 

Other articles written by Jennifer Dawson:

The Many Health Benefits of Knitting and Crochet

Choosing the Right Sewing Machine for a Beginner

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