Knit vs Crochet

Knit vs Crochet

Now people…this isn’t a competition. When I write “Knit vs Crochet” I mean knitting COMPARED to crochet.

Which Technique Is Better For Specific Results – Knit vs Crochet?

Some of you might know that I was originally taught to crochet by my paternal grandmother. I was probably about 8 years old and she really only taught me how to chain stitch. And maybe single crochet. I never forgot how to crochet a chain.

But as a 25 year old, I became obsessed with the idea of knitting a tube on doublepointed needles. So I taught myself to knit. And then later, I taught myself to crochet as well. I like both. And I’ve even published patterns in both crafts.

Recently, one of my crochet friends asked me if I was selling the latest rainbow Double Hitch shawl (I’m not). He asked me if I knew of a crochet pattern for the design. A quick search of Ravelry for Hithchiker and then filtering on crochet projects resulted in a pattern called Mostly Harmless.

Mostly Harmless

It was free, so I decided to download it. It’s a VERY rudimentary “pattern” with only six lines of instructions. And it actually creates a very nice fabric.

In my mind, the pros and cons of crochet can vary a lot. The following is my general idea of each.

Crochet ProsCrochet Cons
Often faster to create a projectThicker, bulkier fabric
Easier to do shaping for 3-D objects (stuff animals, amigurumi, flowers, etc.)Projects that look more homemade and sometimes not in a good way
Easier to rip back to correct a mistakeNot as easy to correct mistakes further down in the work
Great for striped or graphic afghans or blankets (corner-to-corner, zig-zag, etc.)Preponderance of less refined projects, like granny squares, toilet paper covers, etc.
Better for weaving in/hiding ends as you go along
No casting on or binding off necessary
Often fabric is completely reversible with no “wrong side”

Knitting ProsKnitting Cons
Takes longer to make most projectsGenerally, thinner/more refined fabric
Easier and better looking shaping of flat fabric (neck, top of sleeve shaping, etc.)Projects that look more homemade and sometimes not in a good way
Possible to drop down to correct a mistakeMore difficult to unknit/tink/rip back
Better for more structured garments like sweatersHarder to weave in ends as you go along
A larger library or more wearable designs for garmentsRequires casting on and binding off
Often has a “wrong side” or back of fabric that isn’t as presentable as the public side

An expert crocheter once explained to me that a crochet stitch is almost double the thickness of a knit stitch. So when designing with crochet, you need to adjust for the difference. She also suggested the the half-double crochet (HDC) stitch is a very useful way of stripping out some of the bulk in a crochet fabric.

Obviously, your mileage may vary. Especially since my “first language” is knitting. And I often have to translate a technique into something less familiar to me.

Any other thoughts or insights from bi-stitchual folks out there?

Current Knitting/Crochet

I’ve obviously started to make another Double Hitch shawl and the closest crochet equivalent.

Double Hitch Shawl 01-17-24 01
Hitchhiker Crochet Shawl 01-17-24 01

After having made a few Double Hitches, and also being more proficient at knitting than crochet, the knit version goes a lot faster for me. So I’m focusing more on the crochet version to get through it.

1 comment on “Knit vs Crochet

  1. To borrow some wisdom from the late great Peter Allen-

    …when both are so much fun
    Tell me why do you have to pick, why do you have to pick
    Why do you have to pick one?

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