"What are the main differences between knitting and crochet, and which should I learn first?"
This is a question I get often, so I thought I'd build a resource to help explain knitting vs crochet. I'll continue to build this page out to answer the questions you have, so please leave a comment if something isn't covered.
Knitting Vs Crochet
Crochet and knitting share one obvious similarity -- yarn! Here are some differences between the two crafts though.
|Uses one hook.
|Uses two needles.
|Has one active stitch at a time.
|Keeps many stitches open on the needles.
|Often considered faster because each stitch takes up more space.
|Can be slower to make progress because the stitches are relatively smaller.
|Textures and Patterns
|Creates more textured, denser fabrics. Ideal for toys and decorative items.
|Produces a variety of textures, including smooth and fine patterns. Ideal for sweaters and delicate items.
|Easier to add or remove stitches anywhere. Great for sculptural or 3D projects.
|Adding or removing stitches requires planning. Less flexible to make it up as you go.
|Easier to correct mistakes by pulling out stitches back to the error.
|More challenging to correct mistakes, especially in complex patterns.
|Strechy ribbing can be created, but is less elastic.
|More elastic fabric overall. Knit ribbing is ideal for sleeve cuffs and hat brims.
|Fabric tends to be denser and therefore less drapey.
|Fabric tends to be more flexible and flowy.
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Invitation to our Facebook group
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