View Full Version : Which is harder: knitting or crocheting?

05-06-2009, 05:28 AM
Very little of you know me, finishing my first project of the Death Note scarf:


My 2nd project is a scarf like this, however its in red & cream, double-sided, a cat logo on each end & my co-worker's name in the middle with cabling lengthwise along each side - is being put on hold.

Now I've wondered about this while I'm doing a 3rd project, which is knitting a baby elephant (found it online) for my mom on mother's day. As I'm doing this, it says to crochet the ears, so I thought "ok, how hard can this be." I was wrong :wall:, its COMPLETELY hard, I couldn't understand what the instructions was trying to tell me, even after watching video, after video, after video of doing these steps, I still couldn't get it right. So basically I'm giving up on the instructions and do it myself in my own way like how I've done my previous projects.

So as a beginner knitter & a WAY below beginner on crocheting :wall:, which is harder for you?
Personally its crocheting, knitting is so much easier :knitting:, even though I can't get the tension right so some loops would be tight, others loose n.n;;

05-06-2009, 06:25 AM
I can do both about the same.

05-06-2009, 06:28 AM
I voted crochet. I've been trying for years and my simple projects still look awful!!

05-06-2009, 07:43 AM
I couldn't get crochet to save my life! Finally, I broke down and bought Crocheting for Dummies. I'm not fond of the title, but it taught me how to crochet. The pictures are step by step -- extremely helpful. Hope it helps.

05-06-2009, 08:08 AM
I learned crochet cause I realized I closed a lot of doors in knitting, not being able to crochet...

So I am slowly learning the basics as I go along...learning a new stitch everytime a knitting project calls for it...

I wouldn't say crochet is hard for me per say...but I would say that I don't know it anywhere near as well as I know knitting!

But then...I have had really good crocheters come up to me and say "I don't know how you do that...with the two needles...it looks so complicated to me.."

05-06-2009, 08:19 AM
I used to crochet quite a bit, and learned it after I learned knitting, though not too much after. I don't recall it being hard to learn, but maybe I had a book with good pictures to learn from.

05-06-2009, 09:28 AM
I can do both and find they are both easy - of course, it takes practice, like anything else. I learned in the '60s and even though I didn't knit for over 25 years found it very easy when I started again last year. The same with crochet - I didn't do it for over 10 years but had no problem doing it again in the past year.

Practice, practice, practice!!!

05-06-2009, 10:56 AM
I think it depends on the person ... and which technique they learned first. I started crocheting as a very young child and it took me FOREVER to get the hang of knitting. Now, while I'm not proficient at either, I can do both relatively easy.

05-06-2009, 11:00 AM
Knitting is harder.
Crochet has a hook and there's only one. How much easier can it get?

But I voted none of the above because what you listed aren't that difficult. Getting the yarn to stay on the needle for some increases or decreases is what is difficult.

05-06-2009, 12:39 PM
Neither. They're different. If anything knitting is harder because you're juggling at least one more needle, but both use both hands and a string, so I just find it a matter of good small motor skills.

05-06-2009, 12:56 PM
i voted crochet since i just started to teach myself to crochet...

i can do basic sts but havent tried anything complicated yet

Jan in CA
05-06-2009, 01:02 PM
None of the above. You can't just say one is harder than the other because each person is different. Some find crochet harder, some knitting.

In crochet you only have one hook, BUT there are many stitches to learn.

In knitting there are two needles, BUT there are really only two stitches, everything else is a combination of them.

I crocheted long before I knit, but now I only knit except for the occasional edging on my knitting. I prefer the look of knitting now.

05-06-2009, 01:56 PM
I had always heard that you're supposed to learn crochet first and knitting second because "crochet is easier and faster, knitting is harder and slower." However, I learned knitting first and it wasn't until 2 years later I taught myself crochet. I taught myself crochet from YouTube videos and while I love crochet and can do just about anything with it now, I found it very difficult to get going with in the beginning.

I look at it this way: with crochet there is a seemingly infinite number of possible "holes" you can poke your crochet hook through, so it's easy to mess up or poke through the wrong hole. With knitting that's not possible as you have a set number of loops/stitches on a needle at once and you always know where to put your needle for the next stitch. Where I kept getting hung up in crochet was when I was working in the round -- sometimes it was hard to tell (and it took me a long time to get used to) where the next stitch was and not accidentally poke through the same stitch I was currently on. I ended up increasing by accident A LOT.

These days I find both fairly similar as far as my abilities. I feel I can crochet faster than I can knit, though, but that may be because it's been awhile since I've knit and I've been doing crochet almost exclusively in the past year. Now that I'm back to focusing on knitting again I feel it all coming back to me and my speed increasing with every FO. Just like learning crochet.

This could also be the difference -- my MIL taught me in person how to cast on and do the basic knit stitch (the rest I taught myself on KnittingHelp videos) and I learned crochet entirely by YouTube video demonstrations. Maybe had someone shown me crochet in person that would've changed things?

05-06-2009, 02:41 PM
Was the elephant pattern called Elefante? If so, I somehow managed to actually crochet the ears but they just didn't look good! So on Ravelry, I looked at other projects, found some with knitted ears and someone had posted directions for them.

To answer your question: I can't crochet worth a darn :P

05-06-2009, 03:37 PM
Like Jan, I actually like the look of knitted things now, but I would say both are about the same for me. I'm not proficient in either, but my grandmother taught me both waaay back when. So when I picked it up again, I did have to look online to refresh my memory (as I have to do with new stitches). But I feel ok about both. However, I do believe crocheting larger items (like blankets) tend to be faster.

05-06-2009, 06:09 PM
I always looked at knitting and crocheting as pretty much the same as far as learning difficulties. I taught myself to do both from books in my early teens. The way I look at it, you need to learn a few basics in both crafts -- knit and purl vs. chain, single and double crochet -- and after that you're just combining or modifying these basic sts to make different patterns in your fabric. Crocheting gives you more immediate results, but tends to be a little stiffer, thicker. Knitting is slower, but you get a softer fabric with more drape, easier to wear.

05-06-2009, 07:03 PM
I find crochet harder, --as one of the other respondents said,there are so many holes to poke the hook through!! It is faster, but for me that just means making more mistakes more quickly. For example, if i tried to make a rectangular baby blanket , it either grew narrower or wider as i went along. Also, prefer the texture of knitting, as it is usually drapier, not so stiff a fabric--plus, i read that knitting takes less yarn than crocheting. just my 2 cents' worth. linknit41

05-07-2009, 11:50 AM
plus, i read that knitting takes less yarn than crocheting. just my 2 cents' worth. linknit41

This is totally true! And a good point I'd forgotten. When I was crocheting a handle for a purse (it was thin and long, nothing big and major), I was constantly (and I mean constantly) pulling out more and more yarn for use. When I crochet it feels like I am going through it like crazy. It was a nice change when I switched back to knitting recently. I'm knitting something now about the same width as that crochet handle, in star stitch, and the difference between how much yarn I have to pull out is astounding. I didn't realize how much more yarn I use during crochet vs. knitting until recently. It feels like a huuuuuuuuge difference, though!

05-07-2009, 03:42 PM
For me, neither one is harder than the other. I just prefer crochet over knitting. But I do both.

And, yes, crochet takes about 1/3 more yarn than knitting. On average, of course. :D

05-07-2009, 04:37 PM
I don't find one harder than the other. They are just different. I learned both as a child. I watched my Mother and then she let me try. Both take practice and I am still learning new things about both. So I voted "none of the above".

05-07-2009, 04:38 PM
For me, knitting was harder to learn initially. I am still learning as I have only been doing it for about 3 months. I caught onto crochet pretty well initially, but getting the knit and purl stitches almost did me in. I vowed to quit, but I just can't let anything beat me, so I picked it up again and started taking it slowly. Now I am on my 3rd project and am having fun.:woot:

05-08-2009, 05:10 PM
I first learned the bare basics of knit and then didn't do it again for a a couple years. Then I learned to both knit and crochet again and did more crochet.

I find crochet easier in understanding how to shape things, but I don't know if you can do the things with shaping that you can in knitting. Of course crochet is faster so that is a plus.

If I had a 5 year old child I was going to try to teach one of these crafts I would teach knitting. With crocheting you need to be able to hold the yarn a certain way to get it to work very well but if you teach English style knitting that part is very easy. An older child might like crochet better because they can get a finished product faster.

I like knitting better now and find it easier on my hands. But both crafts have a lot you can do with them when you get past the basics. Endless possibilities with both. Beautiful things with both. Both good to know.

I find I have more trouble understanding written crochet directions than knit directions, but that could just be because I have more experience with reading knit patterns.

05-08-2009, 05:14 PM
I voted none of the above, because once your learn them, neither one is any easier than the other.

05-08-2009, 10:20 PM
Knitting by far!!!
It took me over a month to "get" knitting. I learned how to crochet and started making things in 4 hours.
I knitted first, then learned crochet.

05-09-2009, 03:12 PM
I crocheted for a long time but was always dissatisfied with the lack of CLOTHING patterns, so I took up knitting.
I find that both offer a wide variety of unique looks by varying the basic stitch.
Crochet is much easier to :frog: if you are error prone, but taking out 20 rows is heartbreaking no matter which you are doing.
I will probably still crochet the occasional afghan or a project that catches my eye but for right now knitting is my game.
Of course, all I have done are sweaters so I'll have to try some different types of projects.

05-09-2009, 03:12 PM
My granny tried to teach me crochet as a child as she knew I loved knitting, and she preferred crochet. I just couldn't get the tension, all my circular things tuned into cones, and I was never sure which loop I was supposed to be going into.

05-19-2009, 12:17 PM
I can do both, but I can't follow a crochet pattern because I don't know how the stitches I know match up to the terms in the patterns.

I keep meaning to take some time to learn it, but I'm so wrapped up in my knitting projects that I haven't taken the time yet. :)

I enjoy both and find them equally challenging. :thumbsup: