What’s the difference between crochet and knitting?

Whenever I’m crocheting in public, at least one person comes up and asks me “Are you knitting?”.

I love knitting, however, my fascination with the yarn arts started with crochet. Crochet is lightning quick and easy to pick up as a beginner, that’s important because most people I know give up on knitting because they feel it’s hard to control the yarn and hold two needles at the same time!

The fact is both knitting and crochet are great. Some people will argue that one is better than the other, but I truly believe anyone says that because they don’t know the other craft well enough to think it’s easy (or they’ve only seen really ugly items using that technique). They can even be done together on the same project by perhaps knitting a sweater and crocheting a great edging; I love combining the them and seeing what I come up with.

Here’s a cheat sheet to the differences between crochet and knit!

ONE HOOK, TWO NEEDLES:

One of the more obvious differences is that crochet uses one hook while most knitting uses two needles. This is because in crochet, the artist usually has only one live stitch on the hook, while a knitter keeps an entire row of stitches active simultaneously. This is a deciding factor for beginners, what do they find easier? One hook or two needles? Go with whatever you are most comfortable with!

HAND-MADE:

Knitting can be accomplished by machine, while many crochet stitches can only be crafted by hand. Although some crochet patterns can emulate the appearance of knitting, distinctive crochet patterns such as the Granny square cannot be simulated by other methods.

JOIN, EMBELLISH:

Crochet is more suitable than knitting for joining pieces of fabric and knit patterns for sweaters may incorporate crochet for finishing. Crochet can add borders or surface embellishment to both knit and crochet fabric. Crocheted fabric uses 1/3 more yarn than knitted fabric.

Crocheting is insanely quick, while knitting can be mind-numbingly slow. I don’t have a preference in what I do – if I see a great pattern, I just use whatever the pattern calls for. But if I’m making a baby blanket for someone whose shower is in a month, you’d better believe I’m crocheting it.

WHEN TO KNIT, WHEN TO CROCHET:

Knitting is a thinner fabric. Because of all the posts in crocheting and the way the yarn is wrapped around each post, its creations tend to be much thicker, and therefore heavier. Knit and crocheted fabrics thus drape differently. Don’t let that fool you, though – both techniques can be used to make sweaters and other clothing that are wearable year-round! That said, the rule of thumb someone taught me is that if you have a small skein and want to make a hat or something tiny, knit it so that you don’t use as much yarn. That way, you’re ensuring you have enough yarn to finish the project.

And there you have it! Give both a spin as these are powerful skills when combined, there’s nothing you cannot do if you know both knitting and crocheting. Well, almost nothing.

At Hachi Yarns, we love both crochet and knitting. That’s why we have everything you could possibly need as a yarn crafter, check out our knitting needles and crochet hooks and other accessories at our online store: http://www.hachiyarns.com/

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