By Nicole Tinkham
I began working with yarn a few years back not knowing the difference between crochet and knitting or even that there was a difference. I was actually inspired to start by watching Sue here at Keeton’s make scarves on her lunch break. It looked so simple and relaxing. So I apparently picked up crochet but like I said, I was clueless back then and didn’t even know that there were different options. I have yet to give knitting a try but it’s piqued my interest now. I feel like I have so many questions to be answered! How does knitting differ from crochet? Which is best for a beginner? Is one more complicated than the other? What advantaged does one have over the other? That’s exactly what we’re about to find out. Let’s take a deeper look at the differences between crochet and knitting.
What is crochet?
You’ll find that crochet is super versatile and supplies are near to none with just some yarn and a crochet hook. You’re able to choose different size yarn and hooks for very different styles. Delicate fabric can be achieved with lightweight and soft yarns while thicker yarn will produce a sturdier fabric. Crochet tends to be easy to learn and can be done quickly. You start out with a simple chain stitch where you basically just wrap the yarn around the hook and pull it through a loop. From there, you work in rows building on the previous one. Crochet is great for making scarves and blankets quickly.
What is knitting?
Knitting tends to be a favorite when it comes to sweater making. You can get detailed with color patterns and the fabric produced drapes nicely. The two basic stitches you’ll come across in knitting are knit and purl. These two can be worked alone or together. With knitting, you’re using 2 needles instead of one and they’re pointy (unlike the crochet hook). You begin by making a slip knot on one needle and add on the number of stitches you need for your project. You’ll be wrapping the yarn over one needle and drawing the wrapped yarn through loops on the other needle. It’s important to know that knitting tends to be more time consuming than crochet.
• The tools used: Knitting is done with two needles whereas crochet uses one larger hook.
• The stitch style: Crochet is much looser and you can actually see the loops. It’s pretty much like tying a bunch of knots on top of each other. Knitting on the other hand is more tightly done and looks more like a bunch of braids.
• The speed: You can move through crochet much quicker than you can with knitting.
• The thickness: Crochet stitches produce a thicker material than that of knitting stitches. Sweaters are perfect for knitting but it really depends on what style you’re going for.
Which to start with:
Both crochet and knitting are wonderful techniques and we urge you to give each one a try. However, it really comes down to personal preference on which one you start with. If you know someone willing to teach you, try out whichever they’re most comfortable with. Sometimes it helps having someone give you one on one help. If you’re doing this on your own and are unsure where to start, we recommend picking up crochet first. Since you’re only using one hook, you might be able to work with it a little easier to start off. Plus you’ll be able to finish your project in less time which could motivate you to keep going on the next project. It can be frustrating putting in the time and waiting forever to see how it comes out. Start off simple and give yourself time to get the hang of it.
Regardless of which you choose, remember to enjoy the journey. Don’t give up when you make a mistake in the beginning. Trust me; I went through many funky looking scarves before I really got the hang of it! Eventually it’ll become relaxing for you. I love to take mine with me on long car trips. Oh and another bonus to either crochet or knitting is that you can make beautiful scarves or blankets as gifts. People love getting them from me. Once you play around with it a little, leave a comment below let us know which one you like better. We can’t wait to hear what you think!