- I'm a beginner and I crocheted a scarf in a day! It's so much quicker and easier. I tried knitting and it took much longer!
- —Guest Anonymous
- I knit and crochet, but I'd have to say I like crochet more. You can make toys, flowers, doilies, and other non-quadrilateral objects without the hassle of multiple needles. Knit, however, uses less yarn and there's only two stitches (knit and purl). Plus, it's easier to see where you put in the needle, so I'd recommend knitting for beginners. For me it depends on the type of project I'm going to make.
- —Guest Laura
Both are good for different things
- Crocheting is easier for me, I think because I learned it first and as a child. Further, in crochet you work one stitch at a time, while in knitting all your stitches are moving from one needle to the other for the whole duration of the row. So I think one needs a different thought process for single-stitch work at a time than when holding multiple stitches at a time. So in sum, I think one's ease range will depend on his/her fine motor aptitudes and skill sets. Our brains are also more plastic when we're young, so learning new things is easier then. Another factor is pure aesthetics and personal tastes. Knitting is better for garments because it uses less yarn (and thus is lighter weight) and its basic stitches don't have those pesky holes between them like crochet stitches do. On the other hand, one big strength crochet has over knitting is its diversity in terms of motifs -- especially lacey motifs. This makes for innumerable possibilities in terms of color, shape and assemblage.
- —Guest Marie
- knitted is better for jerseys and clothing items. crochet is better if you want to make something funky and creative ;)
- —Guest Courts
Still Can't Decide
- I learned to crochet when I was eight years old, then laid it down for many years. I was taught by a babysitter, and my mom didn't do needlework, so I lost interest. After my kids were out of the baby stage, I learned to knit, then "retaught" myself crochet a few years later. Honestly, I can't decide which craft I prefer. Both have their advantages!
- —Guest Cheryl
- I find crochet a lot faster and easier. You can also make basically anything with just your hook, while knitting you may need other materials to make circles and things. Also, if you drop a stitch in crochet, it doesn't really matter, but in knitting, your entire column may unravel. Knitting is also slower than crochet
- —Guest tegami
Crochet all the way
- I learned to knit first but as soon as I learned to crochet I abandoned the needles almost altogether. The only time I use knitting now is for illusion or shadow knit scarves. I hate the feeling of being "stuck on the needles." I hate dropped stitches. I hate double pointed needles. I like having a purse full of different crochet hooks and only using one at a time. I love free-form crochet. I love the versatility of stitch heights (slip stitch through triple... double triple...) and how easily they combine to form different shapes. The only downside to me is that crochet takes up more yarn so you have to buy more. But it's so more than worth it.
- —Guest Rainy
- It all depends on the project I'm doing. Crochet works better for toys and creating things that need a denser fabric. But I love the flexibility and drape of knitting. I tend to prefer to use crochet for blankets (knitting gets pretty heavy) and rugs, but almost everything else I make is knit.
- —Guest Stephanie
- I am knitting snob, but I have to admit, crocheting has some really cute things that can't be done with knitting.
- —Guest jpie
- knitting is good but its difficult, compared to crochet. crochet is Easy and gets over quickly. unlike kitting which is a very slow and lengthy thing. but unlike knitting crochet doesn't have many designs and patterns. i personally prefer crochet coz i could finish a project in a day or 2 unlike knitting that requires more than a wk to finish one project.
- —Guest Hannoush
Crochet for the win!
- I love crochet. I've been trying to knit for a while because there are so many patterns for knitting, but it fails. Knitting really makes my arms hurt a lot. On the other hand, crochet is so much faster and is a lot easier on my poor arms. Honestly, I loved crochet once I first picked up a crochet needle. Not so much knitting. Now, my knitting needles are kept in a backpack (yes, I'm a thirteen year old crocheter) in self defense. (Have you seen how sharp those needles are?)To the person who said that crochet has dozens of stitches and uses a lot of yarn, be honest: are you an expert on crochet? I could say that that's totally false.
- —Guest Emily
knit and crochet
- Both. It`s exciting to make an item, for instance, a knitted afghan, and edge it with crochet. Or crochet the afghan and edge it with crochet. So much yarn, so little time!
- —Guest michigan
i do both
- my grandmother taught me how to crochet when i was a little girl. and I love it! I usually use it to make afghans and various throws, as crochet uses so much more yarn it works up into wonderfully heavy blankets for winter. But it does cost more as it uses more. Knitting i am just learning in the last year. knitting is great for garments and lighter weight projects that i need to do quickly and I find knitting patters are easy to follow. I say learn to do both and there's nothing you can't do!
- —Guest nicole
- knitting uses way less yarn and is so much easier! crochet has dozens of types of stitches but knitting only has two!
- —Guest bobette
- I'm a crochet kinda girl!! I personally like to crochet a lot. Almost all my friends knit and are constantly asking me to make flowers, leafs, dollies, ect for them to add to thier projects. If you are looking for which to pick up I'd say do both!! Knitting can be quick and easy for projects you don't want to spend to much time on. Crochet is a true labor of love that may hurt your wrist and arm muscles a little to start. It takes practice to achieve a cohesive look from start to finish because you control your own tension. With practice though your stitches will look beautiful. The things you can make using this skill are endless and very rewarding as are most this that seem difficult at first.
- —Guest Andrea