Knit vs Crochet - Help!

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Recently, I've had the urge to learn to knit or crochet. I don't know why, really, I just know that when I get these urges they stay with me until I do something about them. Can't ignore them.

Trouble is, I can't decide which to learn. I have some old, imprinted ideas about what each one involves, but I do realize I'm probably wrong about them both, lol.

I tend to think of knitted items as bulkier, thicker, warmer.

Crochet products seem to be, in my brain, anyway, lighter, airier and more delicate.

Is this true?

I have some coasters that were made for me by a friend about 12 years ago. She crocheted them. They are each a different color and are really not flat coasters but more like socks for glasses. Here in Texas where it is so hot so much of the time, glasses sweat a lot and drip water constantly. I slip one of these socks on my glass and I'm good to go! In fact, I buy glasses now, based on if the socks will fit them, lol. I have only one size.

They stretch. They are washable. I love them.

I'm wondering if the type of yarn available for knitting or crocheting is different. Is there the same variety available in both?

I guess the first question I should be asking is "Which is easier to learn?" and "Does one move along faster than the other?"

Seems like a crochet needle is easier to carry around than two long knitting needles.

I can go on and on. So I thought I would just ask all the people here who love one or the other of these crafts.

By the way, my Uncle Al was a logger in Oregon and sometimes would also hire on as crew member on a fishing boat. A very large, bearded, strong, tough guy.

His favorite way to relax was - KNITTING! Any men out there who knit??

If you have any advice or input you'd care to share about this dilema, I'd love to hear it!

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    For me, crocheting is easier because it's one-handed. I can knit but it always feels awkward to me. My daughter is the exact opposite. So try them both and see which one speaks to you better.

    One nice thing about both of them is it's a lot harder to snack when your hands are full of needles and yarn!!

    The socks you are talking about are called cozies. Here are two links to patterns, one crochet, one knit:



    Have fun!!
    3120 days ago
    I learned to crochet a long time ago. I love to crochet in the winter, it gives me something to do with my time. I am not a professional. I only do afghans and little pot scrubbers. I never learned to knit but I always wanted to . Good luck on your decision. Have fun.
    3120 days ago
    I'm a dedicated knitter, though I do know how to crochet (not nearly as well). Both are great therapy, and both keep your hands too busy to eat!
    3120 days ago
    I am a knitter who also crochets. The yarn is pretty basic for both, and the bulk of the item depends on the weight of the yarn and size of the hook or needles. Crocheting does go faster, but I prefer knitting. There are basically 6 steps to knitting-----knit, purl, cast on, bind off, increase and decrease. Once you know them you can do anything.
    There are excellent videos online to learn knitting, and I imagine there are ones for crocheting as well. Whatever you decide to do, start simple. Dishrags are a good beginning project (use cotton yarn) and you can find many free patterns on the web.
    I carry my knitting everywhere. I have knitted in the doctors office, standing in line, even getting a pedicure and visiting with friends.
    Happy sticks.........or hooks, whichever you choose. It's just a matter of personal taste.
    3120 days ago
    I an an avid knitter. I have never been able to master crochet. In knitting there is really only 1 stitch, done frontwards it is called a knit stitch, backwards, purl. Sure, later on you can make them cross to do cables, but at first you can just knit forever and get nice end products.

    1 needle vs 2....get a circular needle for knitting. It has the 2 end cut in between it has a cable for the stitches to rest on. Much easier to tote around.

    IE-the bulk of the finished item depends on the weight of yarn and the general pattern it is worked in, not wether it is knit or crochet. Both can go all the way from cobweb weight to very bulky.

    Most people who want to make garments eventually will go with knitting. It is a bit easier to find patterns and definitely easier to get the garment to come out the size you expect. Someone who only wants to make afghans, coasters, hats, purses can go with either but many go to crochet.

    The yarn available out there is immense and you can do either craft with what ever you like. I love wool. It is a workhorse product that will last a life time if treated right, ie kept from wool moths, gently washed, ect.

    As far as speed goes, that is another thing that depends on yarn weight and needle size. Afghan makers tend to go a bit faster using crochet but again if you are knitting with large diameter needles and bulkier yarn you can get a fast afghan knitting.

    That is all I can think of. Obviously I am biased toward knitting. But then again, I have done it all my life. Good luck with your decision. It can really help your weight loss to have something to pick up and distract you when you are bored.

    3120 days ago
    I am an avid crocheter. It is my therapy, my bliss and a very comforting thing to do. About this time of the year, I am sitting by a mountain of yarn making afghans for Christmas, scarfs for everyone. I love color and variety. I tried to knit once and I nearly lost my mind. Crocheting is relatively easy to learn and with a few stitches you can make a variety of projects...a granny square changed my life...lol
    3120 days ago
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