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SlowCraft Sunday - Whats the difference between knitting and crochet?

A common question for the beginner crafter and even for the more experienced crafter when thinking of the best approach to a new project.

There are many pieces that are equally suited to both knitting and crochet albeit each process will give a particular look and feel to the item.

Choosing the best approach often comes down to what you are most practiced at and are most comfortable with.  

Knitting

two knitting needles, yarn with a row of stitches on the needle.

Put simply, knitting normally refers to intertwining long lengths of yarn together with two ‘needles’, into a series of loops to form a fabric. The 'loops' form rows of patterns and textures and commonly form a 'v' shape.

Crochet

Crochet hook and yarn woven into rows

Crochet refers to the single hook that is used to essentially 'knot' lengths of yarn into a fabric. The eytmology for crochet comes from the french for 'small hook'

The word 'crochet' may also relate to the word 'crook' and of course the musical notation of a 'crochet' which looks like a little crooked hook too.

Which is best knitting or crochet?

The idea of 'best' is potentially redundant as both have lovely outcomes and there is value in learning both . A brief internet search has many articles calling out crochet as 'faster'. This may be, but would come down to your own technique.

Crochet, using a more 'knot like' weave arguably creates tighter fabrics and this can suit using thick sturdy fabric to make baskets and household items.

However, conversely, crochet is also excellent for finer lace work, famously so in 19th century Ireland and the UK.

Knitting on the other hand creates a looser feel and is then better suited for garments and is more commonly used for panels of fabric.

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