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?

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.?.

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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?

  7. 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?

  8. 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 😀

  9. 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 :)

  10. 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.

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