More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About Knitting and Crocheting

I lied.

I told you that “how to make a cowl” would be next, but later it occurred to me that I shouldn’t show you how to make a cowl before explaining the differences between knitting and crocheting.

Because crocheting and knitting are not the same thing.

No sir. Not at all.

So next time you see someone working on a yarn project, don’t assume it’s knitting. All Asian people aren’t Chinese.

Be careful before you casually strike up a conversation about what that person is knitting.

from roarin80s

It might be crochet.

S0 this begs the question–how do you know?!? How do you prevent yourself from making one of the biggest faux pas in the fiber arts world?

from marykatherineleslie

Calm down.

I can help.

There are a few ways to distinguish knitting from crochet.

Number 1

Crochet uses a single hook:

from vintagepurls

Knitting uses at least 2 needles:

from singlepoint

Okay, this alone should be enough information for you to avoid the knitting/crochet pitfall, provided you can count.

However, because I think it’s fascinating (so you should too!), here are a few more differences between knitting and crochet.

Number 2

They look different.

Here is an example of  what single crochet typically looks like:

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from belladia

Please forgive the kitschy heart. You would not believe how hard it is to find (good) examples of crochet. It’s really pathetic.

Here is an example of what knitting typically looks like:

from handknitsbysusan

It was incredibly easy to find hundreds of good examples of knitting. Unmitigated discrimination in the fiber arts community. I won’t step up on the soapbox (yet) but know that this peeves me.

Number 3

Crochet generally looks the same on both sides:

from woolcrafting

Knitting doesn’t. Knitting generally has a knit side:

from knitsavvy

and a purl side:

from knitsavvy

Now at this point you probably have some burning questions.

from instructables

Like, which one is easier?

The answer is: they’re both easy. At first. The simple stitches–the basic knit and purl for knitting and the single, double, and triple for crochet–are straightforward and elementary.

However, like all things in life, what starts out as easy can just as easily get complicated.

from cynkim

So for right now, don’t worry about the complicated.

I know what your next burning question is.

Which one is prettier?

I could give you the speech about how looks really don’t matter, but who are we kidding, really? Looks totally matter.

I’m still talking about the fiber arts, by the way.

Knitting and crochet both have boundless opportunity for intricate stitches that produce really lovely results.

Here’s some pretty knitting:

from knitsutra

And here’s some pretty crochet:

from littlegreen

This would be the complicated.

Because your education matters to me, here are few bonus facts about knitting and crochet.

Fact 1: Crochet is quicker than knitting. This means that it’s the perfect choice for commitment-phobes.

Fact 2: Crochet uses more yarn per square inch than knitting does. This means that if you’re poor, maybe knitting is for you.

Fact 3: Crochet can only be done by hand. Knitting can be done by machine. So if you ever see a product that is crocheted, it was handmade. No question.

This means that someone actually took the time to make this:

from galleryofworldaccents

And this:

from doubletreble

Sometimes I wonder about people. Who thought that was a good idea?

And this:

from whatnottocrochet

I’ll leave you with that image seared into your retinas.

Next post–how to make a (crocheted) cowl. For realzees, this time.

suck it, martha.

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3 Comments on “More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About Knitting and Crocheting”

  1. August 19, 2014 at 1:10 pm #

    Your hilarious, I’m following your blog because every time I read something you have written I always get a giggle..I hope you understand that this is in a good way 😛 That last image…WOW! Sometimes you just can unsee something…EVER! Thanks for that! haha:P

    • August 20, 2014 at 10:25 am #

      This makes me SO happy! Thank you for following! It’s supposed to be more light-hearted than heavy–glad you find that to be true!

      • August 20, 2014 at 1:06 pm #

        Your just awesome 😉 Glad it makes you happy 😀

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