Sunday, August 16, 2009

Knitting vs. Crocheting

I absolutely adore self-striping cotton yarns! Been experimenting with them lately, so I decided to try making two dishclothes using the same skein, but knitting one and crocheting the other. This way, it's easy to observe the differences in appearance and texture.

The knit is on bottom left, and the crocheted is to the right and top of the picture. Knitting with size 8 needles in stockinette stitch produced a lighter weight, thinner dishcloth, but with a tighter weave. The crocheted version is chunkier but with more spaces between stitches; I made it with a G hook and used just single crochet and chain stitches.

I thought maybe this can help someone who's contemplating a project, or for someone who may be trying to decide between learning to knit or crochet. I love to do both, so don't ask for an opinion about which is better! The honest answer is that it depends on the look I'm going for and the speed required to complete the process; I take longer to knit an item than I do to crochet an item that's the same size.


  1. Cool, I've always wanted to learn how to crochet.

  2. I used to do both of them many years ago, but am hooked on sewing and some other things right now, it takes me such a long time to complete a project and I really admire some of the lovely knit and crochet items I have seen on Artfire and Etsy because I realize the amount of time they take to create.

  3. Thanks for posting this. I was surprised that I could tell which was knitted and which was crocheted before I read your description. I guess I am learning something. :) I knit (barely, I've only ever done scarves, any other projects I've tried I haven't finished) and have tried to crochet years ago, but couldn't get the hang of it. I've been thinking about getting back into it though. The main appeal of crochet to me is that it does seem to go faster than knitting.