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Readers Respond: Crochet vs Knitting

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Share your thoughts on the topic of crochet vs knitting. Which do you prefer? In your experience, which one is faster? In your opinion, is one technique better suited to certain types of projects than the other?

reading a pattern

as a child, I learned to knit in Girl Scouts. My grandmother then became determined to teach me crochet. In both cases I learned basic stitches but not how to read a pattern! So I just repeat some memorized projects and over the years have gravitated to crochet because it's more "forgiving"
—Guest Alice Campbell

Knitting

Although I learned crochet as a child, I have taken to knitting. It is much easier for me to knit, and I don't get as tired with crochet. I just think knits are prettier than crochet, but they are both good to know.
—Guest Laineyvett

depend on what you want to make.

I am 12 years old, and I prefer kniting if you want to make a scarf, but I prefer crocheting if you want to make something like a doll. I know how to do both.
—Guest Joanne

kniting rocks

crocheting takes forever that is why i think kniting is faster i am 10 i know
—Guest kniting

Crochet versus Knitting

definitely crochet , crochet, crochet and more crochet. I love hand knitting as well but its too slow. Machine knitting good but just put machine up for sale
—Guest Bilkys

Crocheting is more flexible

Knitting and crocheting are both fun, but the #1 reason why I would choose crocheting over knitting is it is more flexible ... You can do Hats, Scarves, Afghans, Purses, Even Dog Sweaters are better crocheted,Mittens or Gloves, Flowers, Rugs, Cozies (iPod, Coffee Cup) , Dishcloths & Dishtowels, Cowls, Socks & Slippers, among other things. And the different stiches are endless, but that is the only reason why I like crocheting more then knitting. when it comes to a men's beret knitting works the best for me. That is what got me started , I love berets.
—Godwillprosper

Crochet

I can both knit and crochet and have to say that I almost always prefer crochet to knit. There are are a few times when I just like the look of knit. Crochet is very versatile. Not only do can you any yarn there is available, but there are also many threads. Crochet can be worked in to very fine and intricate lace patterns, doilies to bulky hats and blankets. Crochet is faster for me. It seems to use up yarn faster than knit does. I don't know if it uses more yarn or not because the project also gets bigger faster.
—Guest Barbara

Crocheting! :)

Crocheting is easier because you can make things as big and as long as you want them. With knitting you are limited to making things as long as your needle. With crocheting the possibilities are endless.
—Guest Pandaemonium

Crochet and Knitting

When choosing between crochet and knitting the application is key. If you want something that is thicker and more structured or you would like to make a lot of non-linear designs using negative space (e.g. lace), choose crochet. If you want something smooth that drapes well and you don't mind that your patterns are based on a grid, choose knitting. For instance, I prefer to crochet house slippers and knit socks because the crochet house slippers are thick enough to keep my feet warm and I don't mind if they are a bit stiff but for socks I need the smooth flexibility of knitting as I will wear them with shoes over them--which would push the knots of crochet socks into feet painfully. One thing that I don't think anyone mentioned is that knitting is great if you want a project that you can do blind. I always need to look at my crochet in order to make sure that I am picking up loops correctly--so it isn't great if I can't see well.
—Guest Valerie

Knitting is easier

Knitting is easier, I knitted a scarf today and tried to crochet one but all I did was a line...good luck finding your own(:way
—Guest Galllina

Definitely crochet

I have been struggling with knitting for a while but I was taught crochet when I was very young. Crochet is definitely easier to do, easier to fix, and faster! Crocheted material is also able to take more abuse than knitted material I think. You're not fighting with two long needles you're using a single hook which is smaller and more comfortable to the hand. As your not needlebound you can be more creative with your projects. Instead of knitting squares for an afgan, for instance, you can crochet a single large article. I think crochet has more flexability in general. I will however say that I prefer the look of a knitted project to a crocheted project when it comes to your basic knit stitch or garder stitch vs single or double stitch with crochet.
—Guest flamefangahs

Knitting

It is so easy and simple to do and it's just so much fun!!! It also makes a cool pattern.
—Guest Rachel

Knitting

Knitting is easier, faster and more fun! With crochet your knot sometimes falls out and that's no fun!
—Guest Awesome

Knitting

Knitting works better for me with my carpel tunnel issues, which, when I crochet, the pain radiates all the way up the back of my arm and into my neck. I do miss the freedom of shaping with the hooks though, slippers were so easy to go nuts with (for babies) I'm feeding my creativity with unusual yarns, stitches and differemt size needles than you might think to use in order to get more unusual artistic effects. I'm also happier with the way things fit and hold their shape when knit. Crochet leg warmers for instance, fit for all of 2 days before they fit elephant legs.
—Guest Pamela

Crochet

I love to crochet it is so much easier and the possibilities for designs are endless. Also, I recently learned amigurumi by using crochet and it is so much fun.
—Guest Maria

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