Crochet and Knitting: Why Choose?

I remember being in a local yarn shop one day, I think I was buying my interchangeable Tunisian hooks, when I overheard two women

Crochet and Knitting

They’re both such fun

talking. They were saying that people could either knit or crochet, but most people couldn’t do both.  Needless to say, I immediately decided it was time to master knitting. (I don’t know if I mastered it, but I certainly became competent at it.)

Thinking about that day got me wondering, why is there divide between the  two crafts?  Why do some people think one is better than the other?  Or just easier than the other?

Certainly, it depends on what you’re making.  I’ve never been comfortable with the idea of crocheted socks and knitted lace always looks like it’s going to snag on something and be ruined.  And there are disadvantages to each: crochet tends to take more yarn, knitting unravels easily, etc. However, taken in their entirety, I just don’t see how one outweighs the other in either skill or beauty.

I just don’t get it.

Over to you:

Am I missing something in this debate? Have you faced criticism for choosing one craft over the other? Is this “one’s better than the other” attitude all in my head? (Entirely possible, it’s been one of those months…)  Let me know in the comments below.

Off topic corner:

Wizard's Tower

At last, my wizard has a home.

Tavern

Hmm, chimneys might have been a good idea…

I’ve gotten back to my writing at last, and I’m at the point where I need floor plans to help figure out the plot and setting. Inspired by role-playing game maps, I’ve started transferring some of them from regular graph paper to isometric graph paper.  This lets me easily work in 3-D and they turned out kind of cool, IMO, so I thought I’d share a few pics. If you’d like to try it yourself, you can find some free, printable graph paper here. There’s a good video here on how to use it here. It’s a dungeon map, but it covers the basics.  It’s really easy, unlike 2-point perspective.

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  1. I feel that way too, that knitting and crochet are two different camps. I know one person who does both, but now that she knits, she’s left crochet behind her….My dad thinks knitting is better because it creates a tighter weave and won’t let the cold through scarves and such. I always felt as though before I learned to knit, I ought master crochet. And working with those needles looks fussy to me,

    • It is a little fussy, but it’s fun. I just don’t see how one is better than the other. I like both, what I choose just depends on my mood and what I want to make.

      Funny that your dad thinks knitting has a tighter weave. After all, nothing gets through single crochet. That’s why it’s usually the choice for amigurumi. You should show him a winter issue of Interweave Crochet, sometime. Lots of cozy, warm sweaters and scarves in those. 🙂

  2. Hi Allison: my mom taught me to knit at a very young age (9) and by 12 I was making my own sweaters. I really can’t imagine a crocheted sweater. To me it seems very stiff even the baby outfits seem that way. I am a self taught crocheter. My Gramma did beautiful crochet and made each of her children a beautiful tablecloth which I am lucky to have. I am able to use some of the stitches and manipulations of the yarn to help fix mistakes in my project. So I solidly come down in the knitters camp. I can however appreciate and enjoy both. I think it has something to do with the dexterity of one’s hands. That being said enjoy whichever you do!

    • I can understand why people think crochet is stiff, it used to always be, but it’s come a long way in the last decade of so. I think the internet has a lot to do with it. People are experimenting more and getting in touch with each other about it. I do think knitting is better when you want a thin fabric, though. Crocheted wool socks would broil your feet, I expect.

      I know what you mean about your grandmother’s tablecloth. Anything like that that my grandmother made is precious to me. 🙂

  3. Interesting….My grandmother both knits and crochets, I can knit and crochet (far from expert), and my 9 year old knits and crochets. …I always thought they went hand in hand with each other….probably because my grandmother did both. I like your perspective though…

  4. Sorry for the delay responding, that was inexcusable. (Well, except when the power was out.)

    I’m with you, they aren’t that different, and they compliment each other.

    Ha ha, perspective as in opinion, or as in the drawings? Either way, thanks. 🙂

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