As Clear As Crochet – Why Is Crochet Better Than Knitting?

In this new series, we’re asking designers all of your most pressing crochet questions. Hear what they have to say and feel free to chime in with your answers too!

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  • Pauline Williams-Greasley

    I can’t say crochet is better than knitting bc I prefer to knit over crochet although I do tons more crochet than knitting! I do agree that crochet is more suitable for traveling and produces fabric far faster than knitting. But knitting is better for the novelty yarns than crochet. I love both so much. Can’t choose between my addictions.

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  • Phylis Seitz

    I enjoy both knitting and crocheting. I am faster at crochet. However, what I like the most about crochet is the ability to design while crocheting. I was once able to adapt another crocheter’s pink baby blanket to one more appropriate to either boy or girl by crocheting animal silhouettes in blue to apply to the pink background. The elephant, turtle, owl, dog, kitten, etc. would not have looked so good if knitted.

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  • I love both. Crocheting is faster and more portable, and the lacy look is great. It all depends on the final look you want. There are definite benefits to both 🙂

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  • Marit Fox

    I enjoy both. It depends on my mood and the project I want to make. I do think crochet is better as a take along when traveling. I would think that having a crochet hook in your bag gives less opportunity for confiscation especially if travel is international. Crochet seems to be less fussy because you’re only using one tool and working one stitch at a time.

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  • I think crocheting is better because it’s easier to create art. There just seems to be more you can do with it to make your home, office and world a beautiful place: While I do like knit stitches better for clothing, knitting is hard to learn and awkward. I can take my crochet project with me everywhere.

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  • My grandmother taught me to knit when I was 16. While my knitting wouldn’t win awards with a frog or gremlin, I did learn. I learned to crochet from girls at work who were doing crochet on their lunch hour and they taught me how along with some of the stitches. When I learned to crochet, knitting went by way of the tadpole. I love crochet, easy to correct mistakes. I love the feel of good yarns and fabrics alike. It’s soothing and frustrating and appeals to my creative nature. Go Crocheters.

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  • Chris

    As with “all of the above” reasons, mine is deeply personal: my mom taught me when I was about 12 and she encouraged me every step of the way. She suggested colors, patterns, embellishments, and coordinates to go with the items I crocheted. I can’t pick up a crochet hook without thinking of her (—and I try to crochet daily). She also knitted, but found it harder to teach me (my fault really- I was “hooked” from the start). Love to the knitters out there,too. Keep working those needles and hooks!!

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  • beateg

    I think crocheting is easier then knitting especially when you make a mistake, When you make a mistake in crochet you pull out your stitches and begin again no big deal, But when you make a mistake in knitting you back knit meaning you undo each stitch in the line, so you unfurl a stitch or unknit a stitch very time consuming

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  • Lucy Rae

    I love crochet for all the above reasons but my big one is that a mistake is much easier and quicker to correct. For this reason alone I can say that crochet gives me the pleasure and satisfaction I look for when I tackle a project.

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  • I can do both, but I prefer to crochet because when I knit it like I’m a flapping bird. It’s also so much easier to do wherever I go.

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  • lucyf3

    Crochet is better because you can get so creative with it. Also, if you need to take it apart a row or two, you don’t risk ruining the whole project by having stitches slip down uncontrollably and then splitting your yarn trying to get them back creating sore-to-the-eye stitches.

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