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/.

80 thoughts on “Top 8 Reasons Why Crocheting is Better Than Knitting

  1. Joyce

    All of the reasons pro crochet might be true but I MUCH prefer knitting and knitted items to crocheted ones because knitting is more sophisticated, the patterns are more intricate and the finished product just plain looks a lot nicer than wet blankets. Knitting is far more intellectually stimulating than the other.
    Enjoy your One Trick (pony) Needle. . .I won’t be back.

  2. Katie

    First of all, know that I’m a knitter, and I just learned to crochet, like, this morning. However, this is a pretty convincing list. You also forgot one: it’s easier to fix a mistake. With knitting, you’ve got x number of stitches to knit, and if you mess up, say, 20 stitches back, you either pull every stitch individually or you pull the whole project off, unravel the 20, and hope you can catch all of the stitches. With crocheting, you only have 1 stitch at most times, so it’s not a huge deal if you have to pull a few rows.

  3. Sarah Diaz

    Your article and all the coments inches me closer to picking up a crochet hook before the knitting needles. I have alot of stress in my life. I need a sense of calmness and simply find myself lost in something. I want to start with something useful like cuffs for your boots or cuffs for your wrist and hands.?.

  4. JJCrochet Post author

    Ha yes! This is another great reason, Katie. Some of my knitting projects have little mistakes here and there because there’s no easy way to fix (or I’ll notice them after I’m already a few rows in). Much easier to correct with crochet. Thanks for posting!

  5. Lisa

    For me it was easier to learn to knit. In fact after trying crochet(I’m self taught in both, I had no relatives to show me how to do either, not even friends!) I threw in the towel and gave up for years, like a decade or longer! Then I tried knitting and picked it right up. I’m still not good at crocheting something that’s even on the sides, knitting no problem. I can crochet granny squares and other shapes all day long just not something simple like an all double crochet blanket and have it come out even on the sides. I’ve gotten to where I will go back and forth from one to the other but still prefer knitting for rugs, dishclothes and potholders. Crocheting for me just takes for forever it seems.

  6. Antoinette Rice Klutts

    Yeeeeees thank god I’m not the only one that really thinks crocheting is much better than knitting. I can cricket a baby blanket that is much heavier and stretchier than a knitted baby bucket and it only takes one day or two afternoons to finish while it takes me weeks to finish a knitted baby blanket!! And if I’m moving very fast and mess up a couple of stitches I can just pull then and keep going but u have to pull out all the stitches and hope that you can catch the stitches right and have to go back keys daddy liver 20 rows that’s too much I rarely knit unless it’s a project that looks better knitted life and sweater as u said @JJCrochet and baby clothes andbooties and flowers stars stuff like that is so simple with crocheting and knitting it’s so complicated it takes the fun out of ur hobby that you love. And the small amount of more yarn that it takes is nothing I would rather use mite yarn then take weeks to complete a project that could’ve only taken a day or two. Thank hunny for this blog post

  7. Barbie Shoemaker

    When I was young I used to “crochet” with a pencil. I made really long braided things, but that’s it. Would love to make something useful and do something with my idle hands while watching t.v. Any suggestions?

  8. Ben

    I’m interested in learning how to make clothing – not necessarily a “sweater” but more like a “jacket insert” (but similar to a sweater).

    Why is knitting preferred for sweaters than crochet?

  9. Lorena

    I used to hate crochet before I even tried it. I used to knit but it was so difficult that I only made easy things like scarf with simple stitches, still I really enjoyed it. Then I saw the “amigurumi” dolls and I fell in love, so I started crocheting and I must admit that I LOVE it. It’s so much easier and versatile. You can get gorgeous stitches even if you are a beginner and of course, you can make pretty amigurumi dolls. My pick is definitely crochet over knitting 😀

  10. Courtney

    Being a crocheter and after giving knitting a whirl. I found crochet to be so much easier. I find one hook easier than 2 needles. Plus I’m a southpaw so I have always struggled with things such as beauty college and my teacher showing everyone how to hold their shears. First telling me to watch in the mirror. As simple as that sounds…. It ain’t gonna happen!! I know mentally you are using your right hand. So with knitting I have had issues with tension and I know practice makes perfect but I can grab a hook and whip out an adorable flower. I laugh when knitters say they struggled with crochet. Just because I think you have one hook to worry about not juggling 2 needles. I won’t give up on perfecting my knitting but crochet was easier for me to understand and it was gratifying to finish a awesome bulky scarf in 2 days watching movies. Where when I knit it takes a week for me to reach 6 rows!
    I do love the look of knit though. Good luck everyone 🙂

  11. Katie

    I’d go with making hats. My Grandma would crochet and watch TV while she made them, then donate a big bunch of them to a homeless shelter.

  12. Mya

    I started knitting when I was 7 and I even took lessons but I could never get the hang of it! Then when I was 10 my best friend tought me to crochet and I started getting the hang of it straight away. A year after that I started getting crochet books out of the adult section in the library and crocheting almost everything in them. I started crocheting for school projects and for my friends. I find crochet very fun and easy. I think that crocheting is much easier than knitting but my best friend says that she prefers knitting even though she has a crocheting business.

  13. Mel

    Huh. I’ve been crocheting since I was a kid, but I’m just now (in my mid-30s) teaching myself to knit, and I actually think I like it better. I agree that it’s more difficult, but I’m finding that oddly satisfying. I like both, though. And I *love* cross stitch, jewelry making, quilting, decoupage… I guess I’m an equal-opportunity crafter. 🙂

  14. Kristin

    I have crocheted most of my life and have picked up knitting just in the last few years. While I agree with most of your reasons for crochet being amazing, I have to say that for any kind of worn garment, knitting is superior as it produces a much softer and more professional looking product. And for blankets, it depends what texture and weight you are looking for. While crochet is faster, it will always be bulkier than a knit afghan. And for baby products, knit is the way to go. But for speed, yes crochet is best!

  15. m

    I only learned to crochet this week, and I’m loving it so far. But man. I just tried to start knitting like, 40 minutes ago, and so far, it’s impossible. First, there are like NO left-handed knitting resources while I can find a million left-handed crochet resources online. So that venture is done… back to crocheting for me.

  16. Sherry

    Hi Jayna,

    I am new to the crocheting and knitting world. My husband and I got alpacas last fall and I’m doing all the processing myself from skirting to spinning. But my biggest challenge is trying to 1. learn to crochet or knit a scarf to begin with (however, you just convinced me to crochet) and 2. to find an easy pattern that will show off the thick and thin of the yarns I’m spinning. Would you be able to steer me in the right direction?

  17. rachael

    Ok so your list is very convincing but I don’t know HOW you do it…l am a knitter and l tried crochet (while watching a tutorial) earlier and threw that hook into the back of the craft cupboard after struggling like a moron for about 15 minutes…hats off to you crocheters…l’m back to my needles 😉

  18. Alison Manifold

    I agree! The thing that frightens me about knitting is dropping stitches… with crochet… drop a stitch… meh! 😛 With knitting… drop a stitch… and it’s a hole. A biggun. >.< Though I am starting to re-learn some basic knit technique as I want to be able to pass it to little ones one day as my Mum did so many years ago to me! ^.^

  19. Cassandra Hale

    I, too, have been crocheting since I was 8 and have sold tons of items. The only points I take issue with are that crochet is easier to teach, and we should knit sweaters. There are so many gorgeous sweaters designed by incredible crocheters — mon petit violon, Holland Designs, and the search on Ravelry turns out some gorgeous options — thank goodness! Having both knit and crocheted sweaters, I now prefer a crocheted sweater using a light, sport-weight yarn. As for teaching: I have taught many people both knitting and crochet. In every case, with the exception of someone who learned to crochet eons earlier, it was MUCH easier and faster for them to learn to knit. I taught all my girls at ages 3 1/2 and up. However, they all had a much more difficult time learning to crochet since it’s so fiddly at first figuring out what the heck to do with the hand holding the yarn. I will say, however, the advancing in crochet is super quick, whereas I have always found it more tedious to advance with knitting. I also agree with the poster that stated it is MUCH easier to correct a crochet mistake than a knitting mistake. I can’t tell you how many projects I literally threw down with great frustration due to a tiny mistake that messed everything else up. I have taken to almost exclusively crocheting in my ripe old age of 37 for a couple reasons: my kids, friends, family members tend to like the look better, and I have carpal tunnel syndrome/arthritis in my hands. Ergonomic hooks ROCK! Thanks for the fun post : ).

  20. John

    These reasons are unique. I would not see using more yarn a plus. Some of us use cashmere and alpaca. We pay a premium, and being frivolous is a waste of resources. Using two needles is not difficult. One does not have to constantly hold their project, it rests on the needles. Crocheting is faster. Crocheting also is bulky, and the outcome is not as attractive. Knitting looks more professional and smooth. The only thing that makes for a better scarf than knitting is a loom. Both knitting and crocheting have their positives and their shortcomings. I would not say that crocheting is easier to learn. Starting a new row, in my opinion, when knitting is much easier. I would think that having more resources in a hobby would be a benefit. If you want to go off the beaten path, one is free to do so. Being able to look at a pattern will teach different techniques. less resources is certainly not a good thing. Taking shortcuts does not always make for a better project. However! Crochet hooks can go on a plane. Knitting needles are iffy. I do have crochet hooks and do both. I prefer knitting.

  21. Anonymous

    #5, why “Ladies”? Guys can crochet/knit too, lol. I’m a guy! Lets try not to perpetuate the gender binary.

  22. JENI

    I can knit – but not very well- needing a pattern where I know I can cope with ALL the requirements before I start! I enjoy crotchet, though, because unlike knitting there are no stitches to drop…but I have not made anything ‘exotic’ sticking to flowers, squares, scarves, gilets, blankets and such. It is something to do while listening to the radio or even watching TV as it requires little concentration but is absorbing and compulsive as projects grow so quickly and it is good for making items for charities.

  23. It'sMe

    I must say I disagree. Most of the differences between these crafts come down to personal preference. Specifically, I don’t like how many people label knitting as slow, clunky, or limited. This view more closely reflects your ability to knit. I have crocheted before, and it feels just as slow and limited as I’m sure knitting feels to you. Knitting can be very fast, if you allow it to be. Just look up speed knitting. I, if you can’t tell already, am an avid knitter, and at full speed, I can make several several inches of material in minutes, and not just by using big needles, either. Your argument of knitting being limited by having stitches on the needle doesn’t check out, either. In both crochet and knitting, the yarn follows a linear path throughout the piece, in a sequential order of stitches. I can just as easily leave stitches unworked, or create new ones, in both crochet and knitting. The difference is only whether the stitches are ‘live’ or not, and if they need to be ‘dead’, it is a very simple matter to bind off in the row or round. I also do not agree that having stitches on the needle limits what the piece can become. Even in crochet, you have a specific number of stitches in your row or round, they’re just harder to count and easier, for me anyway, to get lost in. And saying that crochet is easier to learn is completely objective. I find knitting easier. Also, having two needles doesn’t hinder you. It spreads out the task between more body parts, meaning you need less fine motor control than doing the same task but with less appendages. Just like spinning on a spindle vs a wheel, the wheel uses twice as many limbs to get the job done, so it has a shorter learning curve. You can definitely do the same thing on a spindle, it’ll just take a little longer to learn. And yes, knitting and crochet make different fabric, but I can easily get something thick with double knitting. I honestly don’t know if there’s any equivalent technique in crochet to make a lighter fabric. Anyway, what I’m trying to say is that it’s okay to say that there are differences between these crafts, because there are, and it’s okay to say why you prefer one, because that’s your opinion to have, but I don’t think it’s okay to say that your personal preference makes one objectively better than the other, or being limited for how it does things or by how well you are able to do this.

    Sorry if this sounds a little rant-y, I tend to sound more upset than I actually am, I just wanted to say that crochet’s (or knitting’s) superiority is a personal preference, not a fact.

  24. Mal

    Ohhh I find crochet so much harder! With knitting all your live loops are there on your needle, with crochet i never know if im jamming my hook in the right loop. Also, if you have any sort of tendonitis issues crochet will Ruin you! But i do admit it’s FAR more versatile. Crochet seems to be where the creativity flos, but i find knitting very soothing and i enjoy the feeling of it far more. I can watch a show while knitting, but counting crochet loops always has to steal my 100% concentraition.

    It really is up to preference, unfortunately! In what kinds of fabrics you like, what motions suit you better and what crafts you’ll actually be using it for :>

    In short, learn both. You’ll no doubt picka favourite on your own, with or without lists.

  25. Glamslinky

    Quite honestly, neither is better than the other and it really is a matter of opinion. I know how to crochet and knit like a champ. That said, I made it a point of mastering both techniques so I could pick a project and just do it. I enjoy the appearance of knitted projects when it comes to most garments. With crochet, I enjoy making doilies, afghans and amigurumi (though I love to knit blankets and amigurumi too). Personally, I found knitting more difficult to conquer, so I learned that first. Yeah, and you might think that using more yarn is a plus, but for someone who doesn’t have a budget to “build” their stash, knitting is a win.

  26. Kelsey Hensley

    It all depends on what dominant hand you have it’s easier for me to crochet because I’m left-handed but it’s easier for my sister to knit because she’s right handed

  27. Kelly

    I learned to crochet as a child. I don’t remember doing much beyond squares and then I crocheted rag baskets and rugs. As an adult I had a friend (seasoned crocheter) who spent $80 on four beginning knitting classes. I am a yarn snob and decided I would rather spend my money on fine yarn than classes so taught myself to knit and have never looked back!! I LOVE the fabric knitting creates vs the bulky, stiff, heavy “fabric” of crochet. I remember the crocheted slippers my grandmother crocheted for me and how they hurt the bottom of my feet when I walked. NOW, I live in hand-knitted wool socks that caress my feet. I also knit baby toys (amigurumi) used as props in infant photography. Don’t even get me started on lace shawls! Speed is not what I’m after. I simply believe knitting produces a more sophisticated, professional-looking product. The only thing I crochet now is edgings.

  28. Patricia Buffo

    I’ve crocheted since the 70s. But I’ve always had knitting on my bucket list of things I want to learn. I’ve tried to learn a couple of time in the past, but couldn’t pick it up. What is knit, what is purr has always confused me.

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