December 30, 2022

Knitting vs Crocheting, What’s the Difference?

by Tyler Elks

Knitting vs Crocheting, what’s the difference? Which one is better? Hint: That second one is a trick question, both are equally wonderful forms of fiber art. And you can explore both in Ignite Studio’s kit library.

What is knitting?

Knitting is the “production of fabric by employing a continuous yarn or set of yarns to form a series of interlocking loops.” (Britannica) Knitting dates back as far as the 11th century but the exact origins of this art form are unknown. Knitting can be done by hand or by machine. Knitting uses no less than two needles but can use up to four. There are two basic stitches in knitting: the knit stitch and the purl stitch



What is crocheting?

Similar to knitting, crocheting is “needlework consisting of the interlocking of looped stitches formed with a single thread and a hooked needle” (Merriam-Webster). The biggest difference is that crocheting is only done with one needle, whereas knitting involves two or more. Crocheting only came around in the 19th century, in Europe, so it’s like knitting’s baby sibling.

Crocheting is also easier than knitting since crochet uses only one needle. Crocheting can’t be reproduced via machine and can only be done by hand. There are five basic stitches in crochet: chain, single crochet, double crochet, half double crochet, and slip stitch.

Fun Fact: Nålebinding is a form of fabric creation that predates both crochet and knitting but looks remarkably similar to knitting in its finished form.

Why use knitting over crocheting?

Knitting uses a bit less yarn and much denser stitch work, creating a uniform, tightly-bound fabric. The knitted fabric also tends to stretch easier than crochet, creating a more flexible fabric. Knitting will give you more versatile accessories, decorations, and clothing items due to the stretch and fit of knitted fabric.

Why use crochet over knitting?

It’s easier to change the color of yarn while crocheting. It’s easier to fix mistakes in crochet since the work can be taken off of the needle more freely than in knitting. Crochet is faster due to the stitches generally being larger than knitting.

For a full pros and cons comparison, check out this article from Knitting Knowledge.

Which is better?

Both are equally fantastic in their own ways, you as the creator will have to decide which one best fits your needs. Either way, both are easy to learn, fun to do, and quite meditative once you get the hang of it! Check out Ignite’s Knitting and Crocheting Kit to try your hand at either of these mediums. Happy making!