Knitting and crochet are both popular hobbies for people wanting to make blankets, toys and household items. There are so many inspiring pictures, sometimes it’s difficult for a newcomer to decide which they want to learn. It becomes even more confusing when department stores label clothing inaccurately (grr).
At first, knitting and crochet can look similar – both use sticks and yarn to make fabric. There are differences and you may find that one suits you more or you prefer the results of one craft. Let’s take a look.
A knitted fabric is made using yarn and a pair of knitting needles. You hold one needle in each hand, with the yarn typically over the right index finger. Crochet uses the same type of yarn and a single crochet hook. In this case the hook is typically held in the right hand and yarn over the fingers of the left. None of this is set in stone, and people generally find their own, comfortable style. Other equipment you need include scissors, yarn needle, stitch markers and tape measure.
Which is easiest?
That depends. I’ve been teaching for over 6 years, amd in my experience, people seem to just prefer one over the other. Sometimes it’s the one they remember from being a child, or have seen someone do. Sometimes not. Both are great for developing hand-eye coordination.
You may want to consider limitations, for example a wrist injury. Remember though, that this should not be the deciding factor. Some people with quite servers arthritis are able to knit comfortably by resting their hands on a lap pillow at an appropriate height.
Which results do you you like?
I suggest signing up for a free account on Ravelry. Use the search function to browse the Patterns for things you would like to make, and check whether they are knitted or crocheted. Pinterest can also be good for inspiration, but try not to get stuck in there.
Patience or instant gratification?
Crochet has the reputation of growing more quickly than knitting. It’s generally true, although that depends on the project, your skill level and the size of hook and yarn. One big benefit of crochet is that you have one working loop, which makes it easier to put down (if, for example, you need to rescue a small child).
Social and help!
What do your friends do? Are the exclusively knitters, and if so would it bother you to be the odd one out? How much help is available for you at groups and local yarn stores? Whichever you choose, there’s a great online community.
Up to you…
Whether you decide to try knitting or crochet, you can be sure of joining a warm, friendly, worldwide community. You aren’t stuck with knitting or crochet forever either – why not try both! I am happy to arrange a taster session for you and your friends.