What is the Difference Between Knitting and Crocheting?

Knitting and crocheting are two favorite activities that have been enjoyed for generations of families. Most people who are not familiar the craft often use the two terms interchangeably. Indeed, the two crafts share a lot of similarities, but they are most definitely different. Both of these hobbies involve the creation of beautiful pieces through skillful needlework. You can get creative and make items such as shawls, sweaters, scarves, blankets, hats, and any possible item you can make using yarn. While both crafts could be similar in many ways, there are also significant differences between the two.


Knitting and crocheting use different types of needles to create different pieces. Crocheting requires only one needle while knitting requires two. It is, therefore, possible to use the same hook for nearly all of your crochet projects. For knitting, this is not the case. The type of needles to be used is dependent on size and type of the item you intend to create. In most cases, knitting needles come in sets of two, but it can be more. For instance, socks knitting project might require a set of four double pointed needles.


While both of them involve manipulating loops of yarn, there are structural differences between fabrics created using knitting and crocheting. In knitting, the loops hang off the needle and are transferred from one needle to the other in a way that creates multiple active loops. Knitting creates v-stitches or small bumps that look like braids. Unlike knitting, crocheting doesn’t involve many current loops at a go and, there is no transfer of stitches from one hook to the other. The stitches, which are often referred to as ‘posts,’ are likened to tying a bunch of knots one on top of the other.

Appearance & Fabric

Crocheting projects are somehow versatile in the kind of threads that can be used. They tend to use thicker threads and yarns, and this makes crocheting suitable for items such as blankets. Knitting projects, on the other hand, tend to be thinner and elastic. It is often associated with garments.

There are other minor differences between the two such as creativity being associated knitting more than crocheting.  Designing items using crocheting is, therefore, seen to be easier. Another difference is that crocheting requires slightly more yarn than knitting.

Using another analogy, it’s like comparing garbage disposal brands.  There are only minor differences to the everyday person between Waste King and InSinkErator, but to the professional, they are completely different.  They typically rate these models very highly.

The bottom line is that both of crafts are great. Crocheting would be ideal for beginners who might like versatility. But for someone who is more serious and focused on garments or fashion then knitting might be ideal.

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