Today’s crochet post is going to be a little different because I’m not posting up a tutorial this time. Instead, I’m going to tell you a bit about why I crochet and what the difference is between it and knitting. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love knitting too, but for me, crochet is a better form, because not only do you get more variety in patterns and textures, but it’s easier to undo when you make a mistake. So, let’s get stuck in!
Knitting Vs. Crochet
First, let’s talk about what the difference is. Overall, crochet is like knitting, except it doesn’t require needles, and you’re using a hook instead. However, it’s more intricate than that. While knitting requires 2 needles, crochet requires only 1 hook. Not only that, but in crochet, you’ll only ever get a few loops onto your hook at one time. With knitting, you can get as many as 200 loops, or even more.
Of course, the patterns in knitting mean that the pieces you work on can stretch more than those with crochet, but you’ll get more intricate and lace-like patterns with crochet. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t marry the two styles together. In fact, many knitters also do crochet, and with it, they can create combination patterns that require both knitting needles and crochet hooks. These patterns can be very advanced, so it’s best to learn both styles and master them the best you can, before attempting them.
More Stitches, More Patterns
Ok, so we’ve covered the basics of what the difference between crochet and knitting is. Let’s look at why I like crochet more than I like knitting. First off, in crochet, you get more stitches, thus you get more patterns. It’s exactly as I say it. In crochet, you can get patterns that cover the posts of previous stitches, you can create a mock-up of “ribbed” stitches in knitting by crocheting stitches into back loops or front loops of the previous stitches, and you can create lace patterns, with simple chains, picots and slip stitches.
Essentially, crochet can do more than make simple patterns, for blankets, cushions, or scarves. And yes, while in knitting, you can create images, like animals, faces, landscapes and…well…just about anything under the sun, you can do that too in crochet, by incorporating cross-stitch embroidery, or even simply embroidery itself, onto the piece, to create those images. You can even make even more intricate images, with embroidery anyway, so, those images can be even more detailed than what you’d probably get with knitting.
Ok, so one of the reasons I love to crochet more than knitting is that you’re working on one stitch at a time. As I mentioned before, with crochet you only ever get a few loops, at the very most, I’d say you can probably get up to 12 loops on your hook, if you’re creating something like a puff stitch, or a bobble stitch. However, with knitting, you can get up to 200 loops on your needles, and maybe even more. So, you need to be very careful when you make a mistake. While dropping the stitch down to the mistake can help you out, sometimes, if you’re working on a complicated pattern that uses…I don’t know eyelets and K2togs it’s difficult to determine how far you need to go, or what stitch you can drop.
Crochet doesn’t require that kind of thinking. All you need to do is unravel the piece until you get to the mistake, and you can fix it easily. So, for example, if I miss a Ch Space that needed a stitch in it, I can unravel my piece, to the stitch before, so I can make that stitch in that space…does that make sense? I don’t need to worry about dropping stitches because there are no stitches to drop. It’s as simple as that. That’s why I prefer crochet. When I make a mistake, I don’t need to be too careful, when fixing it, I simply unravel, and redo the stitch…it’s a bit like writing and typing. In writing, it’s very difficult to fix a mistake, but in typing, you can simply press “backspace”. That should make sense now.
Timing – Knitting Wins
I will say this for knitting though. It is a faster craft. Because you’re working in columns of stitches, and you’re literally either creating a knit stitch, or a purl stitch, so you don’t really need to think about the pattern unless you’re creating eyelets or you’re double knitting and changing colours, knitting can take up less time, and you don’t have to think about it. In crochet, because you’re working on one single stitch at a time, it can get very repetitive and it will take longer, because you’re having to remember too many different types of stitches you need, for your pattern.
After all, with complicated pieces that use advanced granny squares, textured lace, and solid stitches, you’re going to need to think about what stitch comes next. For example, when I make my roses, I need to remember how many HDCs, DCs, and even TRs, I need for the petals. I also need to remember which side I’m working on and whether I turn at a certain stitch, or not. It does get confusing, and I need to constantly refer to the pattern I’m working on, or write down the pattern, so I don’t forget. Essentially, it takes more time to complete, even if I’ve had years of practice behind me.
Knitting Or Crochet?
I think the answer is simple…
I love doing them, and while knitting is still new to me, there are new techniques in crochet that are being invented every day, and I can’t wait to test them out! Not to mention, once I master the art of knitting, I’ll be able to start combining the two and create my own masterpieces.
Well, that’s it from me today, I’ll see you guys next time. For now, don’t forget to like, subscribe and follow for more updates and the latest posts here on Feather’s Charm and on my social media accounts. Oh, and share these posts with family and friends, who you’d think might enjoy these topics and tips! I’ll see you later!