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.

knitted potholder | miss mustard seed

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.

crocheted glass cozy | miss mustard seed

 

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.

 

crocheted glass cozy | miss mustard seed

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.

popcorn stitch crochet dishcloth | miss mustard seed

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!

knitting vs. crochet | miss mustard seed

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!

knitting vs. crochet | miss mustard seed

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.

80 Comments

  1. Beccca

    I prefer crochet but I started doing it when I was about 8 years old. I don’t think I’ve given knitting a fair shot because I just default to crochet. Your work is beautiful with both methods!

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    • Susan G Knape

      I prefer crocheting over knitting. Crocheting is easier to correct if a mistake is made. I do enjoy knitting,though. Some items look better crocheted and some better knitted.

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  2. Debbie

    Both my daughters and I crochet. It’s a long family tradition. One of my daughters taught herself to knit last year. She now does both. She is also accomplished in the kitchen and her analogy is that knitting is like baking where everything has to be precise because of the chemistry and mistakes usually can’t be easily corrected. Crochet is like cooking and when one makes mistakes They can be correctly or not and one can make changes on the fly. I think this is a great way to look at it.

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    • Marian Parsons

      That is a great comparison! I have found knitting to be a challenge when I mess up, but I’m learning how to “see” where I am better, so I don’t get mixed up as much.

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      • Nancy Pertschuk

        Being a Left handed person, I find that crocheting is much easier to follow when watching tutorials, even if they are right handed ones. That is not the case with knitting.

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      • Toni Syrmopoulos

        Fixing mess ups with knitting was always difficult for me and I found myself “unknitting” for the longest time! (tedious!) But I’m working on a large cabled afghan and am feeling pretty accomplished…when I see a mess up a even several rows back I’ve finally arrived at learning that I can take out several rows of one stitch area (straight down) and with a crochet hook can get the pattern fixed! The first time doing that was terrifying though! LOL!

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      • SusanJSW

        Good thoughts. I crochet and I cook the way your daughter does. Maybe that answers why I don’t particularly enjoy baking. Especially with yeast. Practice would help, but I’d rather move along with a product that’s not perfect and offers forgiveness for my creativity/mistakes! So, I’ll probably stick with my crochet hooks.

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  3. Robin Bentley

    I prefer crochet but I’ve been doing it longer. It doesn’t take along time to do a crochet project but it takes, what seems like, forever to complete a knitting project. Knitting is slower. I’m not that patient. And, yes, crochet is more forgiving.

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    • Marian Parsons

      I agree that knitting seems a little slower. I guess it’s because the weave is tighter?

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    • Diane Cummings

      My grandma taught me to knit and crochet whenI was 12 (I am 69). I prefer knitting because I like how it looks. I would suggest the book “Simple Knitting” by Erika Knight. I have used the sock pattern for years and you will love the stitch library! I bought a used book on Amazon for very little money. Like everything else you do so well, you will master both.

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      • Mylissa

        Erika Knight also has the book “Simple Crocheting” that I refer to often. One of my favorites on the subject!

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      • Kris

        I have that book and love it! I’m also a big fan of mamainastitch.com and recommend it for both knitters and crocheters. She has a plethora of free patterns which are well-written and which, I think, are appealing to a younger audience. Marian, I know this is a difficult time to connect personally with other knitters (that’s me–I can’t seem to wrap my brain around crocheting) but if you know someone who is an experienced knitter, use them as a resource. Especially as you progress with your skill level, it’s so helpful to find someone to coach you occasionally. I have made a couple of good friendships as a result of my “please help, I’m stuck!” moments.

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  4. Kathi Mundigler

    I prefer knitting, I have done more of that than crochet so I am more comfortable with it. I agree that it is much trickier if you lose or drop a stitch but that is still fixable. One of the things I love about knitting is using circular needles. I use them for hats and they are great for sweaters as those items then do not need a seam to finish them and they are easier than long straight needles on your hands and wrists too.
    Thanks for sharing your progress, I love to see things about needlework of all kinds.

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    • Mary

      I prefer knitting, but what I really enjoy is knitting garments and adding a crocheted edging. You can knit a very simple stockinette stitch garment and add lacy crocheted embellishments or edgings. I love the way combining the two looks so feminine and vintage. Stick with it Marian, it gets easier with practice, even the ripping out part. Here is a little tip for getting those loops back on your needle–put them on a needle that is several sizes smaller, then transfer them to the correct size.

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  5. Susan

    I love to knit, but only in the winter. I enjoy cables and intricate patterns but I don’t like to block and finish projects. I know only one crochet stitch, a shell stitch that I’ve used for many throws. My mother taught me that one. I’ve never tried any other crocheting projects, but may in the future. I agree that the choice of a beautiful yarn makes all the difference. Your work is lovely.

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  6. Sue

    I taught myself to crochet and made Afghans and scarves. I have my own technique and way of holding the hook. Experienced crocheters would be horrified to watch me. I hadn’t crocheted in years. But because of you, I bought some cotton yarn and made a dishcloth over the weekend. My arthritis is not happy!I never learned to knit. For some reason I knit ‘backwards’. My grandmother tried to teach me but I just couldn’t do it. My oldest sister was a knitter but couldn’t crochet.

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  7. Vikki

    I knit and crochet, but since I have been crocheting longer I am more comfortable with it. I agree with you that some things just look better in one or the other. When you get to cable knitting you will be surprised how simple it is. My first knitting project was a dishcloth and I still make those when I run short. They are just the best dishcloths ever. Love your projects and I made a crocheted dishcloth from your pattern just this week. It’s so pretty.

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  8. Jan

    I learned to do both as a child. I think knitting takes more patience, and as you said, Marion, it’s harder to unravel to fix your mistakes. But as my grandmother from Denmark said, “To be a good knitter, you have to know how to crochet.” Crochet stitches are used to put knitted pieces together and finish off edges that you’ll want to lie nice and flat or add fringe to.

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    • Marian Parsons

      Oh, good to know! I haven’t gotten to the point where I’m mixing the two, but I like the idea of adding a crochet border to something knitted.

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  9. Leslie C

    I learned to crochet at an early age, but never picked up the knitting needles. I get an early retirement next year (yay) and will definitely need something to do, more so with my hands. Just might pick up some needles and and start fiddling around with it especially in these cooler months. Love the homemade gifts that can be made with both crochet and knitting. The green yarns you are using looks fabulous.

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  10. Roberta

    I like to do both but I must admit that I knit more. My Mom was a wonderful at crochet but she could never master knitting. I tried to teach her but she was left handed and we finally gave that up. Her main thing was making pot holders….She could make two in a day and her stitches are so close and straight…I still use the ones she made for me. Do you use a pattern for your glass cosies or is it one you made up?

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    • Marian Parsons

      That is the pattern I made up based on a set of vintage glass cozies I found.

      I agree with your mom on potholders! That’s what I knitted first! I still need to weave in the ends and block it and I might crochet a little loop for one corner to finish it off.

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  11. jean

    I’m wondering if preference has as much to do with which one you learned first? I learned to crochet in high school but knitting when I had small children at home. I use each technique for different things so it’s hard to compare. More complex items can be made via knitting while larger, flat items go quickly with crochet. Personally, I don’t really have a preference one over the other but have done much more knitting than crochet over the years as diverse patterns seem to be more available for knitting. I also think it goes a lot faster than crochet.

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    • Marian Parsons

      Yes, I wondered that, too! I wondered if I thought crochet was a little easier simply because I learned it first and I just learned to knit. Maybe in a year, I’ll feel differently.

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  12. Danielle

    I agree with Jean that I think you probably have a preference for whichever one you’ve been doing the longest/learned first. I’ve been a knitter for probably 15 years and only learned to crochet in the past year. After working with two needles, it seemed so strange to only have one tool to work with! I really like the flat stockinette stitch of knitting, and I also like knitting in the round on double pointed needles or circular needles. I always feel like I’ve done something incredible when I can keep a project from falling off the ends of all the double pointed needles. I don’t find knitting that hard – there are only variations on two stitches and just different orders to do them in. I love knitting stuffed animals and being able to craft 3D shapes from 2D fabric (made from strands of yarn!) is so satisfying. I also think it’s easier to see the stitches and mistakes in knitting, but then I’m mostly been crocheting in the round with two strands of chunky yarn so that might be contributing to my issues in identifying stitches. Regardless, I enjoy them both and love the feeling of pride from making something by hand. The internet is so helpful for learning because you can google any stitch and watch someone do it until you can do it too.

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  13. Margaret

    Even though I know how to crochet, I am Team Knit to the point that my crochet hooks only come out when I need to pick up a dropped stitch.
    Couple of reasons, I think.
    I learned to knit first.
    I like to make socks and sweaters the most, even though I’m knitting a throw right now. A crocheted throw would be fine, but I have never seen a crocheted garment that I really liked. IMHO, the sweaters don’t hang right, and the hats and scarves are too thick and chain-mail-ish. Can’t even imagine crocheted socks (not slippers).
    For people who like to make fine doilies or tablecloths, crochet is just beautiful. I have a cat, and just can’t imagine spending that amount of time on something that beautiful that would get snagged/destroyed in my house.
    Since I have a left shoulder replacement and arthritis in my fingers, knitting can be painful sometimes. If it ever gets unmanageable, I’d much rather crochet than do nothing.

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    • Marian Parsons

      I agree that I like the look of knits better for clothing. I can’t wait to make some socks!

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    • Katie

      I’m impressed that you tackled stockinette stitch as a total beginner! Purl stitches are harder to master and I know very experienced knitters who still hate purling. You might already be aware of this, but your knit stitches are twisted on every other row. It’s a very common mistake 🙂

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    • Candace Davila

      I learned to knit and crochet as a child (I’m old) by righties and I’m a lefty. So my technique is weird in both but crochet is fast for me. Knitting requires me to stab myself in the leg with the needle. I wish my crocheted sweaters weren’t as heavy.

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  14. Michele M.

    My eldest does both. I do neither.

    Your cup cozies look very much like candle huggers she’s made.

    You should make those – just a tiny bit wider and a tiny bit shorter – your cup ones are very similar. Makes great gifts.

    Sure is a great time to be learning new things while we’re stuck home.

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  15. Beth

    I was taught to knit as a little girl – didn’t really learn the basics of crochet until I was a teenager. I did not have youtube to fall back on – I’m so glad people new to learning both skills now can easily access tutorials. I’ve always preferred knitting but I agree with you they both certainly have their place – also quality yarns make a huge difference. I’m happy to see you’re expanding your horizons you are much more proficient at crochet than I am. You have inspired me to look closer at crochet!👏😎

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  16. lesley Brown

    I learnt to knit at 4 years old, taught by my granny. No- one did any crochet except my mother who could do crochet edging but tbats all. I always wanted to learn crochet and the opportunity arose from a friend at work. After I could crochet I never wanted to knit again, as I found it much quicker and I raced ahead and have always preferred it. However last year I knitted some socks on 4 needles which I enjoyed and found very therapeutic to make, but still prefer crochet.

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  17. Rebecca

    I was going to learn how to crochet when I discovered tatting instead. That was 20 years ago and I never have learned how to crochet or knit. Tatting has my heart.

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  18. Diana

    I only know how to knit, and really like it. I found out the hard way that when I have unraveled a few rows back to a mistake, and it is time to put the “naked” stitches back on the needle, it is best to put them on a thin and metal needle (size 1, for example), and then use the correct-sized needle to reknit that row. I hope that makes sense.

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  19. Cheryl

    I prefer knitting. But I knit continental style which moves quicker and almost has the feel of crocheting. You will love all the cables and fairisles patterns. I’ve done socks but I tend to like quicker gratification than how long it takes to do socks. Enjoy your adventure into the needle arts.

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  20. Sandra at Thistle Cove Farm

    Using a soft cover book, I taught myself to knit more than 25 years ago. My neighbor, who became my husband, enjoyed sports on television and I enjoyed my neighbor so I learned to knit occupy myself while he watched sports. I’ve tried crochet and found the basic stitches more difficult but with knitting, found the complicated cable and color stitches more difficult.
    Eventually, I also learned how to spin, using the wool from my flock of colored sheep, then using the yarn to knit. Quilting soon followed and now my studio is full of fun projects.
    Whatever one does it should be enjoyable, I think.

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  21. Lannie

    Whether I knit or crochet it totally depends on what I want as a finished object.
    I love lace, so whether it’s Victorian, Shetland or Estonian ~ it’s knitted. Fair Isle, obviously a knitted project. Scandinavian slippers, knitted. I’ve been wanting another granny square afghan, a bright one like Kristian Nichols crochets, so obviously it well be a crochet project. A poncho with fringe, crocheted. A sweater, knitted.
    I love adding beads and find it easier to add then to a knitted project, but in reality – it’s just as easy to add them to crochet.
    Enjoy both! I am a great enabler, in case you need one ~

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  22. Abby

    I learned both at a young age, but pretty quickly gravitated to crochet because it was much easier for me. I have a hard time keeping my knitting stitches even and make too many mistakes to make it fun. Maybe trying more expensive yarn would make a difference. I have always just bought whatever is on sale.
    However, I love the look of knitting much more than crochet, so maybe it’s time to pick up my needles again and give it a go!
    Thanks for all the inspiration and patterns!!

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  23. Elizabeth

    Hi Marian: I learned to crochet from my roommate in college. We would sit in class in cold classrooms crocheting away on blankets that kept us warm! A few years later, and a cousin of my husband got me into knitting and I haven’t looked back until I found your blog this year and started some of your crochet projects. I enjoy making the small, useful items in crochet but I think knitting for clothing and afghans is more practical and versatile. Knit a scarf and build up your muscle and motor memory (and its useful besides). I got to the point where I could knit row upon row of stockinette without even looking at it while watching TV. The repetitive motion of knitting is also very soothing when I am agitated and not as hard on your wrist and hands. Once you see that you have made a beautiful garment, it’s very exciting creatively! BTW: did you ever do a tutorial for the bobble washcloth?

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  24. Deborah Harris

    I learned to knit at a very young age, and never could master crocheting. So for me knitting was easier to learn. By the way, new knitters ALWAYS knit too tight. As you get better, you will automatically relax. Then it won’t be so hard to rip out and get the needle back in the loops!

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  25. Shirley

    I learned to crochet as a child but I always wanted to knit. Many years later I lived in Germany and learned continental knitting which is faster and easier than American knitting. When I crocheted I made many Afghans, doilies, pot holders, etc. however Knit items look so much nicer to me. I am an advanced knitter now. I have knit fisherman sweaters, sock, scarves, hats, Afghans etc. I think you will like the knit items much better than crochetl

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  26. Suzanne

    Like Katie, I noticed the twisted stitches. When I taught myself to knit, I did the same thing. A kind neighbor spent an afternoon fixing my bad habit and advancing me to cables. I believe the movement in crochet is easier. Only two movements to the basic stitch. Knitting continental also uses two movements. The way my book taught me to knit, though, required almost four movements, which included throwing the yarn around the right needle. My big problem with crochet, well, there are two problems. First, I do not understand the directions always. Second, my stitch count is always off, so squares become trapazoids. LOL!! You’ll enjoy both, I believe.

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  27. Carol

    About 10 years ago I talked a friend into taking a knitting class at Joann fabrics . We were the only two in the class and we went about 5 times. We were supposed to make a small knitted purse with a wooden handle.
    We were horrible. Neither of us could do it. We did more laughing than knitting. The instructor was very aggravated with us. It’s a great memory that always makes me smile!!
    I never learned to knit and I prefer the look of crochet. I admire all your talents, Marian!!

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  28. Cheryl

    I have done knitting and crocheting. I, myself prefer knitting. It really is a personal preference. I just like the look of knitting better. Marian, I am so glad you tried knitting! Practice makes everything so much easier! 😄❤️❤️🧶

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  29. Meredith

    My mum was an amazing knitter, she could put together a beautiful arran sweater while watching TV. I could never get into knitting, found it frustrating to ever feel like I was making progress and could never get further than starting a scarf, which inevitability got abandoned. I started learning how to crochet just before Christmas (your snowflakes gave me the nudge to finally do it- have had the hooks for a year!) And I’m already finishing my first sweater and have started a second one. I have found it night and day easier and more satisfying! I am completely hooked on it (oops… bad pun!) And instead of staring mindlessly at my phone, I am creating while I relax in the evening.

    Short answer: I like crochet far more and find it much easier!

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  30. Anita

    Congratulations on learning to knit. You’ll never regret it. I do both, and prefer knitting for garments like socks, mittens, sweaters, etc. because it creates a smoother, tighter fabric which is warmer and feels better on the skin….Crochet, I prefer for more utilitarian items like afghans, dishcloths, rugs, and other such things. Crochet creates a more “open” fabric, and generally ,more lacy looking. It all depends on the look and feel you want for the finished item.

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    • Mickey

      My mother taught me to knit, but I was frustrated by the required sewing together of the pieces, so I abandoned it. I started again in college, then another long period (the 90s) without, then finally restarted with the help of a short 1:1 course. Now I am an expert knitter. Sweaters, hats and socks are my favourite. I learned the basics of crochet from a friend at a knitting retreat, then bought the book Happy Hooker. The fabric made from crochet is much sturdier, and nice to do in cotton yarn, so I crochet bags mainly, and sometimes edgings. But I still spend much more time knitting. I teach it too, which is a great source of joy and comradeship.

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  31. chris

    I can knit a bit but I love to crochet, especially lacy patterns in lightweight yarns, often with a large hook. As you work a shawl in fingering or laceweight in an open pattern, it can look like a wrinkled rag, but after you block it drapey lace appears. Blocking is not hard–it’s just an easy process that relaxes the yarn fibers with water or steam, stretching the fabric in place to show the lace, and holding it in place until dry. There are so many beautiful yarns and I have collected a lot of them! My grandmother (an artist in filet crochet) made a lot glass cozies, some in size 20 thread, and I am fortunate that an aunt passed some of them along to me.

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  32. Kimberly Westby

    I don’t do either, although learned both as a child, but, can’t sit still that long-lol.
    My youngest daughter took up knitting a year ago. I got her many sizes of needles for a dollar a pair at the thrift store. Often there is yarn and ‘wool’ for very good prices.

    Kim

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  33. Angela in WA

    My grandmother taught me to crochet when I was a child (I’m in my 50s); but, I haven’t done much in years. I learned to knit a few years ago; but, I am still very much an amateur. I find crochet much easier; however, I prefer the look of knitting. Recently, I’ve been looking for some easy projects to start getting back into working with yarn again–both crochet and knit. Love that gorgeous green yarn you used! And I reallly like that crocheted sample you posted with the bobble stitches. Is that you’re own design?

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  34. Cindy

    Check out purlsoho.com, gorgeous yarns, gorgeous projects, great patterns with great instructions, plus their Pom-Pom maker is the very best.

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  35. Donna

    I learned to crochet decades ago, its so relaxing to me. I have never tried to pick up knitting needles, especially after watching my mother try to learn and said it was difficult. Though my great aunt did both, she always had something in her hands to crochet or knit, until her last stroke, and it robbed her of that. I’m sure if its possible, her hands are very busy in heaven right now. I’m team crochet. 😉

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  36. Kim

    I can do both. But I like the look of knitting better. Sweaters, hats, mittens, socks, all is a prettier look

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  37. Lisa

    Marian, I do both but usually in spurts. It seems that this year it has been crocheting. It really depends on how attracted I am to a pattern or if I find a yarn I am in love with and it screams to be made into a certain item. I have tried knitting socks and got very frustrated with the heel – am going to get back up on that horse and try again. I crocheted many little flowers out of cotton thread and sewed them to my crocheted cotton pot holders – adorable Christmas gifts! Thank you for all your inspiration, it is so encouraging!

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  38. Pat

    Enjoying reading about you learning to crochet and knit. Growing up and going to family gatherings, all the chairs were pulled out and in a large circle and all the relatives talked about who knows what but sure wish I could hear them now!. My great aunts, aunts and grandma pulled out their knitting or crocheting projects while everyone chatted. (The cousins played outside). They always had their projects wherever they went. So reading about your learning brings back good memories 😊

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  39. Sandi

    I tried to get to your link,( ‘If you’re interested in learning to crochet, HERE are some tutorials and resources to get you started.’) but it just takes you back to your blog crochet vs knitting. I’m not sure that you respond to these comments but I would like to follow to the link, thanks!

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  40. Kate

    My grandmother and mother crocheted, so I picked up crocheting as a child. I found it mostly good for decorative items (doilies, table runners, pillows, lace, edging, etc) because you can do fancy and complicated patterns. I also used if for baby items and stuffed animals (which don’t need much stretch). I never tried any adult clothing. My grandmother crocheted many granny square vests for my cousins and me in orange or green yarn. Shudder.

    A friend taught me how to knit when I was 30 and I haven’t picked up a crochet hook since (except to fix a mistake in my knitting). I find knitting more versatile for clothing and accessories. The only thing I haven’t tried are socks; it seems like too much work for something that will get holes. I love all the yarn weights and colors that can be used. I prefer natural materials like wool, bamboo, silk. Sometimes I’ll use a wool/acrylic mix if I’m making a baby gift for someone who I know will probably not have the time to wash it properly. I knit continental style which I find faster. I can do it semi-mindlessly and enjoy the rhythm. I first collected all my needles from thrift stores, so they were metal and plastic. Then I moved on to bamboo needles (straight and circular) which are lovely to work with. I keep my straight needles in a beautiful frogged vase which makes it look like artwork. My circular needles I keep filed in clear binder sleeves. I keep my yarn stash in large baskets and vintage suitcases, sorted by yarn type.

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  41. Kathy

    Team Knitting here. 100% I have done a few crochet projects, but I am just not great at it. The directions confuse me and I always forget where I am. It is easier to rip out than knitting. I have to admit when I saw those crochet things on the bottom fo your glasses last year, I wanted to make those because I have those glasses. So very pretty.
    If you are interested in yarn, knitting, crocheting, yarn dyers and yarn dying, wool experts, yarn production, sheep to yarn, and pattern designers etc…, go follow Kristy Glass knits on YouTube. She posts videos almost daily of her interviews with people in the knit & crochet world. You will learn TONs and hopefully be inspired.

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  42. Addie

    I love all needle arts and tend to pick up on them easily. Crochet is my love~love~love!!! I have tried knitting 4-5 times.
    I can do it…but….my arms ache afterword….EVERY time. Starting from a young age. I tried once more about 2 years ago and the pain was unbelievable. I have totally thrown in the towel on knitting…just isn’t worth it (to me). What is really weird, is I can crochet for hours and never feel ANY pain/stiffness. I love the flowing rhythm of crochet..so that is where I will stay.
    Good luck to you on your new adventure…I am sure you will master it.

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  43. Cheri Dietzman

    I’m team crochet for easiness and fixing mistakes, but team knit for clothing.
    That said, I’m better at crochet and have been doing it a lot longer!

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  44. Martha

    The first and only thing I ever knit was a cable knit sweater in high school. I had some help and pulled it out a few times, but it came out beautiful. However I never knit another thing. My mom finished the only other thing I tried. I love how both of them look, but don’t do much crocheting either. If you want you can start with a hard project because I did it. Maybe that’s why I no longer knit! You are probably wise to start slow, it’s just my personality to start something too ambitious. I usually persevere through and if I like doing it then I continue. We can’t do everything even though sometimes it feels like I’m trying. Your things are lovely.

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  45. Charlotte

    My Popo (Chinese for Grandma) taught me to crochet when I was young but I couldn’t figure it out so I gave up on it. My other grandmother gave me a set of her knitting needles and for whatever reason, I was able to catch on. And then I became interested in making my own knitted pillows! Which is when I started to really try to learn to knit, the stitches, and invest in needles and the like. And then our good friends had their first baby and I wanted to make a baby blanket. Baby blankets are traditionally rectangular or square… this was a rhombus…. or trapezoid. I made the mistake of changing the type of needles halfway through (went from wood to metal which caused it to go all wonky even though they were the same size. Lesson learned). If you want to make a fun, lap sized blanket with a pretty but simple detail, a corner to corner blanket is the pattern I used and is fairly quick to work up and an easy pattern for beginners to learn increasing and decreasing. What’s great is that you can use any type of yarn you want and you can adjust the width of the little band around the edges… and for those who are visual learners, definitely recommend Wool and the Gang for their easy to follow videos and B. Hooked (she also has crochet tutorials as well). I am trying to learn to crochet (I made a dishcloth or five using your pattern and I managed a snowflake… lol) but it’s still a struggle as for whatever reason, I find even the videos featuring stitches hard to follow. Anyway, super excited to see what you make!

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  46. Jeanette

    I started crocheting from your blog when you were healing from surgery. I too was healing from two emergency surgeries in one month. It was more than my mind and body could take while I was in the hospital I got the idea from your blog to start crocheting to heal my brain and body with my hands while only being able to sit around. I started with the dish clothes which I gave to my sister in law taking care of me for a few days. I’ve gone on and made many more dish cloths, scrubies, pot holders. The last one was the Harry Styles sweater my granddaughter asked me to make for her. She found the crochet pattern herself and sent it to me. I wondered if my skills where up to the task but I finished it in 3 months just in time for Christmas! Thank you for the brilliant healing idea!

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    • Marian Parsons

      Good for you! After my experience, I think crochet should be used more often as therapy. It was so good for my mind, but also to get my hand moving a little bit more. I think it helped with the swelling and healing. I’m glad to hear it was helpful for you as well and that you graduated to making a sweater!

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  47. Linda Unger

    I do both but prefer knitting as I like the look of it better for clothes, especially menswear. I cant think of a crochet sweater my husband would wear. As for mistakes in knitting, I avoid unraveling if I can. Depending on the mistake I’ll work over to it, drop that stitch down to the mistake, correct it, and work it back up.

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  48. Jessica

    I’ve been crocheting since adolescence and wanted to know because I like the look of it. I learned to know from my aunt and my grandmother’s neighbor (ruby). Ruby saw my struggle and began to show me a faster knitting style known as the European style. Since I had crocheted first this style felt familiar because of how you hold yarn and knit or purl. When most people watch me knit they are amazed at the style and skills I use. All in all I highly recommend learning to knit in the European style of you are a crocheter first.

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  49. Erica H

    I never heard of European or American style knitting, so I had to find out about this. Apparently, I’ve been knitting Euro style and didn’t even know it. Now I need to find out how to knit American! I always learn something knew, glad you’re posting about it.

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  50. Daniel

    I learned crochet from my mother in my mid-teens, then knitting about 15 years later (though I’ve only finished a single beginner-scarf so far), and your thoughts mirror mine very well. They both have their easy parts and their hard parts and I enjoy both, though I’m certainly much better at crochet due to lots more practice. I do love the feeling of working with knitting needles in both hands, though!

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  51. Bambie Plazony

    I had a great-great aunt who taught me to knit, crochet and cross stitch when I was 5. I dont think I truly have a preference between knitting and crocheting. I find both to be relaxing and equally easy/challenging.

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  52. Colleen S

    My preference Is knitting. I LOVE creating my own socks and gloves. The socks fit the foot in a custom way that can’t be purchased. My gloves fit, well you know – like a glove. I have short fingers and purchased gloves would have an excess of 1+ inches at the fingertips. Now they’re perfect. Knitting your own garments produces a quality look, even for beginners. I found crochet clothing had a tendency to have that “Loving Hands From Home” look. Just MIND THE GAUGE.

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  53. Chelsea

    My mum taught me to knit as a child, she makes beautiful jumpers and baby cardigans and blankets. i only ever learned the basic knit stitch and made my daughter a scarf when she was little. I could never master any more stitches and got frustrated if i made a mistake. Now age 36 i have taught myself how to crochet from the internet and can’t believe i never tried it sooner! I absolutely love it, it’s so relaxing and definitely prefer over knitting. I make my now teenage daughter crochet Headband/Ear Warmers and her friends love them too! My daughter however can knit and makes knitted toys.

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  54. html5

    They look great. Thank you for sharing it!

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  55. Risa

    Hi
    I learned both as a child and enjoy both pretty much equally. I do find that some projects are better with knitting, & some work better with crochet, so I still do both. Unfortunately for me, now that I’m in my 60’s I’m finding that the “bigger” wrist motions required in crochet is hard on my wrists and I can only do it for short periods, where knits smaller movement doesn’t cause the same aches.
    Does anyone have suggestions to alleviate this issue?
    Thanks!

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  56. Mandy

    I love crochet, my grandma actually taught me when I was 10 years old. I am rusty going ack to it now but whenever i am stressed I enjoy at least practicing the different stiches that I have learn. the only challenge is that it is hard for me to understand the books that I have bought to teach myself crochet. I am a visual learner so I definitely use YouTube as a source to learn and practice. Three years ago I managed to make a pair of newborn booties and a hat for my baby boy, I was kind of proud lol.

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  57. Mary

    At 72 years of age, I am a dyed-in-the-wool (so to speak) crocheter. I tried knitting when I was young, and I found it boring. However, I have started a project to piece some rectangles my mother knit into a lap robe, and find I need a couple more to make it square. (Sigh) I guess I’m just going to have to learn.

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  58. Shelley Desamito

    This was such a great read for me! I am a knitter just learning to crochet so it was interesting to read everyone’s take on the subject. I don’t think I could choose which I prefer. Like you said Marian, it really depends on the project! How wonderful to be able to have the skill to do both!
    Cheers!

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  59. P. Smith

    I do both and I think it just may be a matter of preference. Crochet is a bit quicker to see progress. I cannot count to how many unfinished knitting projects I have (actually some crochet ones too)..lol. I THINK I have adult A.D.D or something…smh

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  60. Carolyn

    So funny, I decided to teach myself how to knit over Christmas this year! I had my Mom (who lives in PA) send me a care package with leftover yarn, crochet hooks and knitting needles! Haven’t tried crochet yet but knitting is fun so far! Going much better than when Mom tried to show me how when I was a teen!

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  61. Nancy Moore

    I just thought of something and maybe it is already being done…what if you knitted and crocheted in the same piece. It could really cool. I do know how to do both but i have knitted longer than crocheted. I totalling agree that knitting is so much harder to rip out and to tell the truth I dont do it mostly because I am very OCD. My mom does both but prefers to crochet. I have seen some amazing pieces that I just dream of doing. SO if you have this talent, you are blessed not all can do this form of art. ❤

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    • Chantal Stanyer

      I crochet and knit on a regular basis. I personally think crocheting goes faster than knitting but I love prefer the look of knitted finished projects.

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