Knitting Vs. Crochet
I’ve gotten a lot of questions before regarding which craft I like better – Knitting or Crochet. I decided to share my answer in a post, hopefully it’ll give you guys some helpful information if you’re interested in picking up a new craft!
I started knitting when I was young. My grandmother taught me, and all I knew was a Knit stitch and that was enough. That one stitch took me years to master, I made so many mistakes, had so many holes in my works and I didn’t get a rhythm going until I started progressing.
Something that I always liked about knitting was how clean it looked, that is if you knew what you were doing, and I loved the texture that knitting created. The Garter Stitch in particular creates a great texture and adds a lot of depth to your work. This is the most basic stitch that there is in knitting. It is achieved by just Knitting every row. Sounds easy, right? Well it is once you get the hang of it. If you’re just starting out you might skip some stitches and create a hole, or you might unknowingly add a stitch and then your work becomes uneven and then you throw your knitting away and feel like snapping your needles in half. No? Just me again?
The hardest part about knitting was it took so. long. Now that I have a rhythm going it goes faster for me, or at least I think it does. So, if you started knitting and you think it’s the least calming activity on the face of the planet, you’re probably right. Like anything you do it takes a lot of work to get the hang of it. Once you do, the pieces start working up faster and the way you intended for them to look, and that is the best feeling in the world.
Even though I learned to knit first, I progressed my crocheting faster than knitting. I went from a Beginner to Intermediate within 6 Months. I Crocheted every single day. Crazy right?
Crochet was always easier for me, and I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s because the stitches were pretty straight forward. Maybe it was because the work came out faster than knitting, or maybe it’s because I had friends that crocheted with me and served as my teachers and were there if I ever needed help.
One of the greatest things about crochet was that you can’t really make a hole unless you intend to make a hole. If you just skip a stitch, it just decreases the work, which isn’t great either, but at least there’s no hole!
Also, decreasing and increasing in crochet make SO much sense! You want to make something smaller? Just crochet two stitches together. You want to make something wider? Crochet more stitches. Of course it’s not as simple as that, but the concept behind it is so simple.
To be honest, I really don’t have a preference between the two. I think it depends on my time, what I’m trying to make and the style I’m trying to achieve. I guess if I want to include text or a design I would choose to knit. But if I need to make a blanket or anything with rounded edges or need to make something quickly, I would probably choose to crochet. So, build your skills and you’ll realize it’s not about which one is better or easier but it’s about which craft is more suitable for what you’re doing.