Difference Between Knitting and Crochet


Main Difference

Many people take the two kinds of crafting knitting and crochet for the same purpose. There are many similarities in knitting and crochet but the fact is that there are differences as well that produce the different results. In knitting, the stitches make a “V” shape while crochet is more like knots.

What is Knitting?

Knitting is a method of stitching in which yarn is use to create a fabric or textile. It creates multiple loops of yarn, called stitches, in a line or tube. It has multiple active stitches on the needle at one time. Knitted fabric consists of a number of consecutive rows of interlocking loops. As reach row develop, a newly created loop is pulled via one or more loops from the prior row, placed on the gaining needle, and the loops from the prior row and then pulled off the other needle. It can be done through hand or by using special knitting machines. Different types of yarns include fiber type, texture and twist, needle sizes, and stitch types may be used to achieve knitted fabrics with diverse properties like color, texture, weight, heat retention, water resistance and integrity.


What is Crochet?

Crochet is a type of stitching fabric via interlocking loops of yarn, thread or stands of other materials using a crochet hook. The word crochet means “small hook”. These are made of materials such as metal, wood, or plastic. According to 1840s states: “Crochet, — a species of knitting originally practiced by the peasants in Scotland, with a small hooked needle called a shepherd’s hook, — aided by taste and fashion, has, within the last seven years, obtained the preference over all other ornamental works of a similar nature. It derives its present name from the French; the instrument with which it is worked being by them, from its crooked shape, termed ‘crochet.’ This art has attained its highest degree of perfection in England, whence it has been transplanted to France and Germany, and both countries, although unjustifiably, have claimed the invention.”


Key Differences

  1. In crochet, each stitch is completed before proceeding with the next one. In knitting, it keeps multiple stitches open at a time.
  2. Crocheting requires thirty percent more yarn than knitting.
  3. Crocheting uses one hook instead of two needles like knitting.
  4. Crocheting is faster than knitting.
  5. Crocheting is easy as compare to knitting as it use one hook with one loop of yarn on it.
  6. Making design products is very easy in crocheting as compare to knitting.
  7. Knitting is although difficult and complex but it contains more designing patters than crocheting.
  8. In knitting, the stitches make a “V” shape while crochet is more like knots.
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