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: https://www.jjcrochet.com/knitting-vs-crocheting/.



131 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.

  • Annette

    March 21, 2019

    I am disabled and in a wheelchair and bored to death with cabin fever! I needed a hobby and tried knitting first. I found it tedious and confusing. And then I tried crochet. The difference is amazing. I learned fast by watching a couple of YouTube videos. I never thought it would be this simple! I am finding so many cute patterns and have even created a few original patterns myself! I’m still a beginner but have already made something for everyone in my family. It’s fun and it’s definitely taking the edge off of my cabin fever issue. If you find patterns hard to read, be patient. They will start to make sense as you try different stitches and projects. I have started a binder with my favorite patterns and I’ve even included my original patterns! I take pride in all my projects. I plan to keep researching for more cool things I can create. Happy crocheting!

  • Heather

    May 18, 2019

    Nope, crocheting is the worst.

    Knitting is better

    It’s prettier, no lumpy knotted mess

    One word: lace

    It doesn’t look like a throwback to the 70s

    I learned to knit as a 7 year old. As hard as my girl scout leader tried, there was no way I was learning it

    It’s easier on my wrists

    It’s easier to read stitches and see where you went wrong

    Super easy to fix mistakes be it a dropped stitch or a stitch that was knit wrong

    Nope

  • Josephine R

    May 27, 2019

    Crochet is King!! I don’t have the patience to learn knitting and everyone loves my crafts!

  • Doris Summers

    June 18, 2019

    I agree wholeheartedly that crocheting is easier to learn than knitting! I have made several afghans and whenever I’ve shown them to friends or strangers they’re always saying how beautiful they are!
    The thing is that I consider myself to be a beginner. Even though I’ve been doing this since 1993 or 1994! That’s when I first took a NEEDLE ARTS classes. On the other hand I knitting is hard to learn! The instructions may be simpler to read. Just don’t make any mistakes! It’s difficult to correct them. The stitches to learn are a whole easier to do when crocheting. I only use the single and double stitches and BOY my work looks sooo good I can’t believe that I made something that looks so good!
    I don’t know if it’s because I use more than one color! And too that I add borders around my afghans! I treat the Afghan as if its a picture and I’m framing it with the borders.
    Any mistakes made…just pull back the yarn until you reach the mistake! Or just stick over it on the next row! Lol🤣 I AM A ONE HOOK NEEDLE ART PERSON😃 LONG LIVE CROCHETING 🧶

  • Ann Halcomb

    August 13, 2019

    Crocheting is the only way to go. One needle. Much easier to fix mistakes

  • Emily

    September 17, 2019

    Woooow… All of the crochet haters… why are you on a crochet blog then?! I do both and I’d rather crochet than knit any day!

  • Emily Krauss

    October 11, 2019

    I find knitting to be a lot easier then crochet. I love to knit but get too addicted by knitting at times and sometimes get tired of knitting. So now I am trying to learn how to crochet. I can only crochet one toque pattern but would love to become a lot better at crochet. I like the idea of using one hook instead of two needles.

  • Jeannine Fazande

    October 17, 2019

    I love this article!
    Crochet all the way!!
    While cleaning my mom’s house after she passed away I came across a crochet hook and a little ball of yarn.
    I learned by watching YouTube videos and have become really good at it. I surprised myself.
    This was two years ago and I’m still”hooked” lol.
    My brother in law is a knitter and is amazing! He tried to teach me but I can’t get the hang of it. I would love to learn but holding two needles is awkward and frustrating for me.

  • Eli Rae

    November 15, 2019

    I’ve crocheted for 20 years. I learned when I was 19 and pregnant. Two years ago, I learned to knit. It was so much easier than learning to crochet. I felt like it took me all of those 20 years to perfect crocheting when now with my knitting I’m doing extremely “complicated” projects in practically no time at all! I only crochet now when someone asks specifically for something crocheted. Otherwise, it’s all knit! 🙂

  • Linda Hyatt

    December 2, 2019

    I like crocheting over knitting . I like that it doesn’t take as long to do the project. Also I like the variety of stitch patterns by mixing the single crochet, half double, double crochet ,triple crochet, slip stitch , and chain.

  • Elisa Umaña

    January 30, 2020

    I’m a knitter—have been since my grandma taught me when I was around 9 years old; I have tried crochet and, for the life of me, I haven’t been able to pick it up (grandma taught me to knit and my sister to crochet–she didn’t teach us to do both, for some reason). Although I am biased for knitting for the obvious reason that, it is the craft I have honed (still honing it—not yet a super awesome knitter, to be honest), I remember the pieces of art my grandma used to make and she had a marked predilection for crochet. It is faster, more flexible than knitting; however, I’ll try to find a knitting pattern over a crochet pattern, because I haven’t been able to stitch anything with a hook yet (not giving up, though–I’ll be able to make an amigurumi doll one day).

  • Tonda Creel

    February 8, 2020

    I only crochet – trying to learn to knit, but I can’t seem to make a second row – but I’ve been crocheting since I was 7. Mom had 2 sick kids and wasn’t about to hand us needles!

    I’ve made afghans and hats and scarves and home decor items and holiday ornaments of all kinds. Following patterns is easy – except for booties, I can’t get booties to turn out right (yet). The thing is, I don’t like patterns any more, my eyes aren’t what they used to be. I don’t know how knitting would be better, but I can sit down and crochet a hat from memory, and mistakes are just a new style. I make afghans and scarves that get all kinds of compliments, and I kind of wish I paid attention to how I made them…

    The local hospice likes them, anyway.

    Can knitting compare?

  • Mary K Sullivan Greenlee

    February 14, 2020

    I have crocheted all my life and have always wanted to learn how to knit. Thru the magic of YouTube and the encyclopedia of knitting, I now do both. It seemed knitters looked down their noses at “crocheted, intimating knitting was more refined. Hogwash. I love them both. Each has its advantages and drawbacks. Room for everybody

  • Nora Ishibashi

    February 14, 2020

    Don’t’ diss crochet sweaters. If you use the same gauge of yarn and the same diameter of needle, they are just as drapey and gorgeous as knit sweaters. And don’t forget tunisian crochet: It’s the best of both worlds: knitting and crochet. Check out some of the recent patterns for sweaters in both crochet and tunisian. They are fabulous.

  • Lynne Stranick

    February 20, 2020

    I love crochet it is a beautiful craft.

  • Charly

    February 21, 2020

    Crochet is a craft that cannot be made by a machine! Human hands only!

  • Elizabeth

    February 22, 2020

    Where can i learn to crochet in the neighborhood of Mission Viejo..CA. ? elizabeth Kramer

  • kathleen

    February 25, 2020

    I am struggling with crochet but knitting just looks like voodoo.

  • Deborah

    March 17, 2020

    There are only 2 stitches in knitting: knit and purl. There are more in crocheting. Knitting creates a more flexible, drapey (is that a word) fabric.

    If I make an error 10 rows down, there is an 85% chance I can fix it without ripping it out. No such luck with crochet; rip, rip, rip.

    Which is faster? That depends on the person doing it. I can knit faster than most of my crochet friends.

    There are a lot of patterns for both crafts.

    Every knitter should know a little crochet; no need for crocheters to know knitting.

  • Julie W

    March 31, 2020

    Love them both!!!!! Just depends on what I want to do, what patterns I find and the mood I’m in. They both take a little time to learn and practise makes perfect. After all, your own kids can be so different but you learn to admire their special traits and deal with the challenges while loving them equally, It doesn’t have to be Holden vs Ford, coast or mountains; embrace them both, widen your horizons and have a ball creating.

  • JJCrochet

    April 16, 2020

    Drapey is indeed a word and I agree! Knitting lies nicer than crocheted pieces sometimes. Lots of loops and knits and purls. Glad you can do both!

  • JJCrochet

    April 16, 2020

    You should give knitting a try if you’re having a tough time crocheting! Depends on how your brain works. 🙂

  • JJCrochet

    April 16, 2020

    So true! It needs that human touch.

  • Helen

    April 16, 2020

    Absolutely ☺️. I can do both but find crocheting much more creative. I love to experiment with stitches and if I don’t like it I only need to take the hook out and go back as far as I need to!!

  • I’m a beginner at crocheting and it is really hard. Knitting doesn’t require anything except some needles and some skill, but crocheting requires A LOT OF SKILL. It’s much easier to do 2d knitting than 3d crocheting.

  • JJCrochet

    May 16, 2020

    You’ll get there in no time! If you knit, you’re already good with making things with your hands. A little bit of practice and you’ll be an expert crocheter in no time. 🙂

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