The Art of Crocheting
Crochet is an extremely versatile technique for making a variety of fashion and home decor accessories using only a hook and yarn. Unlike knitting, it is not held on a needle, so naturally it is just much easier to work with.
Crochet tools are slightly more efficient too. One set of hooks is all you really need for all your crochet projects for the rest of your life. In fact, you can have multiple projects for all you like – large or small, circular or regular – and still use the same hook as long as it’s the size you need. For this reason, crochet also seems much more manageable to learn because it requires less tools to maneuver rather than knitting.
Crochet stitches are slightly more accessible, as well. Whereas in knitting that the loops are transferred from one needle to the other loop by loop, the stitches are simply looped onto the piece for crocheting. That means there is no transferring of stitches from one hook to another. You can also stop your work at any time by removing your hook, taking a marker and putting it on your last loop. When you’re ready to start again, you can just simply unhook the stitch marker and continue on. For these very reasons, crochet is much less frustrating for a beginner to learn.
All About Knitting
When it comes to making sweaters and scarves, knitting has long been a favorite technique by many because of all the possibilities of detailing and color patterning that exist. Unlike crocheting where a hook is all you need to get started, knitting requires two needles and a continuous strand of yarn.
However, the tricky part about knitting is that it’s not as simple as having two needles on hand. With knitting, the needles are not really interchangeable and multi-purpose. You would actually need different types of needles for every type of project you embark. That means you would need to buy a new pair of needles every single time you make different sizes of sweaters or blankets.
Additionally, the technique required in every pattern affects the type of needles you would need. You can either get a straight, circular, or double-pointed needle depending on what you re trying to make. This means that you wouldn’t be able to use your straight needles at all if the pattern requires you to use a circular one. And even if the pattern can tell you exactly what type of needle you need to use, just the sheer complexity of the toolkit you need simply adds into the difficulty of the craft.
When it comes to the actual craft itself, knitting can also get a little trickier to start and stop at any point. Whereas in crocheting where you can just simply use a stitch marker or even a bobby pin if you’d like to pause at any point, stopping your knit project halfway means stitches could be left on both needles that you use. This does not only make it slightly unwieldy, you also need to ensure that the stitches don’t fall off from both needles. While you can always use needle stoppers for it, you may be required to offload your work onto stitch holders while another piece gets knitted up on the same pair of needles. You’ll need stitch holders first, but then you also have to carefully transfer the stitches without twisting or dropping stitches onto the stitch holder until ready to work on your piece again.
So, What’s Better?
There is no right answer when it comes to what is the better craft to learn. However, for those who like convenience and versatility, crochet then absolutely makes for a better choice. Aside from being very easy to pick up as a self-taught hobby, it can be just as satisfying as knitting for a lot less effort, time and investment. Yet, for those who are looking to make serious garb out of yarn, then knitting would definitely be a better choice. You can absolutely achieve more intricate designs with knitting that you would never be able to do in crocheting.
Yet, regardless of whether you pick up knitting or crochet, the possibilities of working with yarn are endless. You could potentially knit or crochet almost anything you can think of with your own two hands and some patience. The good news about both crafts is that neither requires space nor high-tech tools, or a huge expense to start. At the bare working minimum, all you need is a pattern, a yarn, a hook or needles and your hands.
Plus, once you master the foundations of one craft, there is nothing stopping you from carrying over the principles to the other. At a beginner level, they share very similar concepts and they even share similar pattern abbreviations; so it’s most likely going to be very easy for you to learn one craft if you already master the other.
So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to learn any one of these crafts and start watching that yarn turn into beautiful finished products. Whether it is knitting or crocheting you want to pursue, you’ll surely be able to exercise creativity and be able to reap the benefits of mindfulness in your craft of choice. Just remember that regular practice is key to mastery, so best to spend at least 15-20 minutes a day in order to get to a slightly more advanced skill level. Most of all, have fun!