Knitting And Crochet - The Same?
Now here’s an area that almost everyone assumes is the same thing, but it’s not. There are basic, major and unique differences between knitting and crochet.
So Which Is Knitting?
Knitting is the systematic looping of yarn through loops held on needles, working on simultaneous rows to fabricate a garment or other product. The loops are moved off the left needle and gathered on the right needle. Materials used are different kinds of yarns and two knitting needles.
So Which Is Crochet?
Crochet is a systematic looping of yarn through loops, done one at a time using a single needle with a hook at the end. The yarn is drawn through existing loops and generally requires more material than knitting, producing thicker items, less stretch than knitting.
Which To Use
Knitting and crochet are both well suited for multiple clothing projects. Knitting lends itself best to sweaters, hats, scarves, ponchos and throws. Crocheted hats are stylish, but sweaters tend to be stiff. This is not a bad thing, just a trait.
You might have seen crochet bikinis in one of the fashion magazines. My wife grew up in the tropics and can tell you from personal experience that crochet works better than knit in this application. Texture, yarn type and purpose come into play here. The same qualities that made knitting superior for sweaters, makes crochet better for swimwear. It is a matter of support. It doesn’t stop there.
Try to regularly merge knitting and crochet in any number of projects. For example, an Irish knit sweater that has worn elbows and edges is a likely candidate for crochet repair work. A crochet edge is not just an easy adaptation; it also supports the sagging shape of a sweater, especially the waist and necklines.
Add a scalloped or other decorative edge and voila – new and improved!
People will argue, saying knitting is faster and crochet is slower, but the craft genius tells me crochet is faster. Why? Because you can make bigger stitches by adding multiple loops to each stitch. It’s definitely a learned art form. This craft will give you a hobby, fun fashion – you don’t forget it once you learn you always have something colourful around to see you through those long winters.
If you’ve been considering taking up knitting or crochet, just make a start. It is well worth it.