As I shared last week, I learned to knit over the Christmas break. I’ve been wanting to learn for a while, so I bought a couple of knitting books and supplemented them with YouTube tutorials when I needed to see someone perform a particular stitch. I haven’t knitted anything particularly useful, but have been making squares and rectangles to practice stitches, work on my tension, learn to “see” the stitches, and to play with different types of yarn and needle sizes. I’ve been asked by a lot of people who are interested in learning one or the other to share a comparison, so that’s what this post is all about – crochet vs. knitting! I will share a separate post with beginner knitting resources I’ve found to be most helpful.
crochet vs. knitting – which one is easiest?
I think this question is a tough one and I’ve had readers and followers weigh in on both sides. I don’t think one is necessarily easier than others, but rather knitting is easier in some ways and crochet is easier in other ways. I think the motion of knitting is easier and the “knit” and “purl” stitches are easier to perform than crochet stitches. Crocheting involves more “yarning over” and pulling yarn through loops in a particular order. Someone who is easily confused by all of the movement of crochet might find knitting easier. When you get mixed up in knitting, I’ve found it’s much harder to go back and correct the mistake. You unravel it just as you would in crochet, but you have to thread your needle back into all of the loops and I have found that to be tricky.
Crochet vs. knitting – which one has the easiest beginners projects
When I learn something new – anything new, I want to do something productive with that new skill as soon as possible. With both knitting and crochet, you can make easy beginner projects like dishcloths, potholders, and scarves. I have found crochet to be a little bit easier when it comes to going beyond that, though. Maybe I just need to get further into knitting, but I find I’m a little slower at moving into knitting in the round for projects like mittens, socks, and hats. I’m heading in that direction, though.
crochet vs. knitting – which one looks better?
I included this question, because it has come up a lot when I’ve shared about crochet over the past year. Many people expressed that they prefer the look of knit projects over crochet. I actually love the texture you get with crochet, but I also love the flat braid of a traditional knit. I think this is a total preference thing and I plan to use knitting and crochet depending on which is best suited for the project.
The biggest contributor for a finished piece looking nice is selecting the right yarn. I think even the most beautiful work can look bad with cheap yarns in crazy, clashing colors. On the flip side, I think beginner’s work can be elevated by a beautiful yarn.
One cool thing about crochet is that it can’t be done by a machine while knitting can. A crocheted piece will always be something that’s handmade and I sort of like that.
Do they cost the same?
I would’ve answered yes until last week when I was trying to get outfitted with more needles! When it comes to crochet, you just need one crochet hook per project. For knitting, you obviously need to have two needles and they tend to be much better (which involves more material and it cost a bit more.) You also might want to get sets of four double-sided needles for specific projects. The good news is that once you have the hooks and needles, they’ll last for a long time.
The same yarn can be used for both projects, so that didn’t factor into this answer. As I’m playing with different yarns, though, I’m learning that I prefer some for crochet and some for knitting. I still need to do more experimenting, though!
So, which one do I like better – crochet vs knitting?
I wish I could give you a definitive answer, but I don’t know, yet! I really enjoy both of them at this point. Knitting requires more focus and attention for me, but I think that’ll balance out as I gain more knitting experience. I am also doing a lot more unraveling and starting over in knitting than I did in crochet. I have found it’s a little less forgiving when it comes to just winging it. I am excited about getting into cables, Fairisle patterns, and making my own wool socks, though, so I’m going to keep working at it!
For those who have tried both, which one do you prefer? Which one do you think is easier for beginners?
If you’re interested in learning to crochet, HERE are some tutorials and resources to get you started.