Which Is Easier Learning To Crochet Or Knit?

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Yarn art can be a fantastic way to unwind, create, and enjoy a happier life. When you’re looking at options you may wonder which is easier; learning to crochet or learning to knit? Let’s take a look at the differences so you can decide where to focus your attention.

kntting yarnCrocheting uses more yarn than knitting. This may be a con or a pro, depending on how you look at it. If you’re on a tight budget then it may be a drawback. However, if you love all the colors and textures that yarn comes in you may welcome the idea of working with an abundance of yarn.

Knitting uses both hands. Again, this can be a benefit or a drawback. If you have arthritis then you may benefit by using both hands. The increased blood flow to your fingers will help ease arthritis pain. However, if you prefer, or need, to work with just one hand then crocheting may be easier and more enjoyable.

Crocheting is faster. Amongst the folks who both crochet and knit, crocheting is much faster and easier than knitting. If you like to complete projects quickly, and don’t want to learn an abundance of stitches, then crocheting may be your craft of choice.

Knitting projects tend to be heavier, softer, and more durable. Knitting projects have more weight and mass to them. You can knit a sweater. You can’t really crochet a sweater. On the other hand you can crochet beautiful frilly objects like flowers on hats, like lovely dolls and stuffed animals.

So what can you crochet and knit?

  • Hats
  • Scarves
  • Afghans and blankets
  • Dishcloths and towels
  • Dishtowels
  • Totes and purses
  • Socks
  • Slippers
  • Rugs
  • Cup Cozies
  • Phone and tablet covers
  • Mittens or  gloves
  • Dolls and toys
  • Dog sweaters

The good news is that you don’t have to choose just one. Learn to crochet first. It is easier and there are fewer stitches to learn. It’s fast, so you can complete a project in a day, or a weekend. If you find that you want to continue on and learn to knit then you can do both. All that’s required is a desire to learn. Speaking of learning, you can learn to crochet by watching online tutorials, taking a crochet class, or picking up a book or online guide. If you want to start learning a yarn art, try crocheting first.