Crochet, Knitting

Top 8 Reasons Why Crocheting is Better Than Knitting

Top 8 reasons Why Crocheting is Better than KnittingIt’s time to hang up the gloves. The question of which is better–crocheting or knitting– has been discussed since the first sheep’s wool was spun into yarn.

Knitters hold their needles high as they offer delicate stitches and sweaters that took weeks to knit, while crocheters fight back with the functionality of their knotted work.

As someone who has been crocheting since she was 8 and knitting since she was 13, I want to end this argument for good.

Crocheting is Better Than Knitting.  (Don’t tell me you couldn’t see that coming… I have a crochet  blog.)

Here are 8 reasons why I believe crocheting is better than knitting:

1.  Crocheting takes 30% more yarn than knitting.  While some might view this as a disadvantage, I view it as a positive.  Any compulsive crafter would have to agree.  The bigger dent you make in your overwhelming yarn stash at one time, the better.

2.  Crocheting uses one hook instead of two needles.  Why phenangle two things when it’s easier to hold just one?

3.  Crocheting is faster.  Knitters see patterns for 5 1/2-hour crochet afghans and cringe.  They dream about the day they could make something that fast.  For crocheters, making an afghan in two evening sittings isn’t anything new.

4. Crocheting is easier to learn.  I’ll admit this one is subjective… but it’s factual and true.

5.  You have more freedom when crocheting.  Crocheters use one hook with one loop of yarn on it.  Knitters, on the other hand, have perfectly aligned loops sitting obediently on their needles.  Where’s the freedom? When crocheting, if you suddenly want to go over the side, go for it.  Back the way you came?  Sure – not a problem.  Want to join something together?  Just fold and stitch along the top.  Ladies, it doesn’t get more free than that.

6. You can easily make  a crochet flower and other accessories.  I put crochet flowers on pretty much every hat I crochet because I think they’re adorable.  (In fact, I love making crochet flowers so much that I created a Video Tutorial on how to crochet a flower.)  Patterns for knitted flowers involve no less than 12 steps and lots of sewing together.  All that work takes the joy out of flowers.

7. There are less crochet patterns than knitting patterns.  Also might seem like a downside, but the thrill of the hunt makes this a plus for crocheting.  Finding a good crochet patternis like finding GOLD.   Hundreds of books have been written about knitting, but good crochet patterns are harder to trace down and more rewarding when you find them.

8.  And finally, the most compelling part of the case:  Crocheting creates a heavier, stretchier fabric.  This heavier fabric is useful when making:

  • Hats
  • Scarves
  • Afghans
  • Baby Blankets
  • Scrubbies & Dishcloths
  • Dishtowels
  • Bags
  • Purses
  • Cowls
  • Socks/ Slippers
  • Rugs
  • Ponchos (are these still in?)
  • Cozies (iPod, Coffee Cup)
  • Pouches (Laptop, Cell Phone)
  • Flowers
  • Mittens or  Gloves
  • Amigurumi (little crocheted animals)
  • Even Dog Sweaters are better crocheted.

Pretty much the only thing people would rather knit than crochet is a sweater.  So for projects that are a sweater, pull out the knitting needles.  For everything else, grab a hook because crocheting’s where it’s at.

And so, I think you will find that crocheting, as whole, is better than knitting. What’s your preference?  Are you a one hook or a two needle crafter?

For an additional comparison between knitting and crocheting, read here: http://www.jjcrochet.com/blog/knitting-vs-crocheting/.



105 Comments

  • Alexandre Pereira Costa

    July 16, 2018

    OMG YES! I started knitting for fun and to make unique fashionable clothing for myself and friends, only to find out that it takes DAYS to make anything nice and that if you’re new to knitting, your lack of practice results in unevenness in your work. When I tried crochet a whole new world opened up to me. Suddenly missing a loop/ stitch from my needle wasn’t such a headache and I could make simple gifts and keychains in an hour or two with 3 or for YouTube tutorials and very little practice. I’m way more proficient at crochet after 3 weeks learning it than I was with a year of knitting

  • Michelle Shapiro

    October 10, 2018

    I’m an intermediate knitter. But I’m tired of everything taking so long to make. I’ve decided to try crochet instead. I’ve seen some gorgeous patterns for crocheting. I’m going to try and learn online. I can’t wait to make something beautiful!

  • Keisha Guzik

    October 14, 2018

    Although I agree that the density of some crochet makes it a studier choice for things like laptop sleeves and afghans, I would have to disagree about the stretchiness of crochet vs. knit. Even when I do a hdc blo to mimic knit ribbing, I still find that when stretched it doesn’t bounce back like, say, a stockinette knit hat.

    But I had to chuckle at those who emphatically say knitting is far easier. I learned how to crochet as a young child and have retained the skill even with decades-long gaps in between picking up a hook, but I have tried tried tried to teach myself how to just do a basic knit as an adult, and I can’t for the life of me figure it out beyond casting on the needle! Everyone is different, thank goodness! 😉

  • Cindy

    November 14, 2018

    What are you from mars? Knitting is a lot better than that yucky crochet!! Crochet is too wordy: blau, blau,blau… Knitting patterns are easy to under stand. Knit 2 or 3… or k2tog, kfb.very easy instructions. And there is no turning chains. Thank god for that. I gave up crochet years ago because it is horrible. I love knitting and have made so many wonderful things for myself and others. God bless the knitters.

  • Dawnel Hess

    November 25, 2018

    I am so finicky and ocd about the edges on my finished products I made with crocheting I had to stop crocheting all together. I would rip out the stitches until my yarn was ripped to shreds from starting and stopping so much I just gave up. I would throw them into the trash after spending 50 dollars on yarn, crochet wasn’t for me and im very crafty. Im so happy I’ve changing to knitting and love my finished prodcts.

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