People who are not familiar with the wool arts tend to confuse knitting and hooking. And, even if it makes us bristle all body hair, this confusion is quite understandable, because these two creative hobbies share many common points.
What are the differences between the two and what are the similarities?
The similarities between knitting and hooking
- Both creative hobbies use threads and you can make the same projects with both techniques: sweaters, shawls, hats, blankets, scarves, mittens, socks everything is almost possible.
- Knitters and crocheters work from models and use abbreviations. Some of the abbreviations can also be very similar.
- Knitting and hooking require similar skills: eye-hand coordination, color and design concern, strong love for fiber, ability to plan a project from start to finish, and visualize it. Mathematical ability is useful, although it is not strictly necessary for one or the other technique.
- Knitting and crochet offer many health benefits.First and foremost, knitters and crocheters must have the patience to continue working until the project is completed by respecting all stages of creation: editing, creation, sewing, blocking …
So what is the difference between knitting and crochet? Why does it matter if you practice one or the other? This does not necessarily matter, of course, beyond your personal preferences, but people who are interested in the art of yarn will want to explore the differences between the two to better understand them. Here are some of these differences:
Knitting needles VS crochet
The most noticeable difference between the knit and the hook are the materials used. The knitters use knitting needles and the hookers use hooks.
The knitting needles are of different sizes, lengths and materials. Most knitting needles are straight with a pointed end. However, there are other styles of knitting needles, such as circular needles and double-pointed needles.
The hooks, meanwhile, have a hook at the end that is useful for pulling the thread and create stitches easily.
The final rendering also has a noticeable difference. In crochet, it will be easier to give volume to a project to make soft toys, animals, shapes for baskets etc. The knit will be perfect for the more “flat” elements. Similarly, the hook is often used for more summer projects such as bras, jerseys. The knitting can be used of course, but the result will be completely different!
Knitted and crocheted stitches
In knitting, you basically have two types of stitches: the stitch and the stitch. These points can be mixed and combined in different ways to create a diverse set of points and patterns. Other elements combine to change the rendering of a point such as: throws, cross stitches, slip stitches, decreases, etc. These points are in rows, the “active” points being held in place by the knitting needle itself.
With the hook, on the other hand, there is a wide variety of stitches that you can use, and the stitches are formed one at a time, eliminating the need for a row of active stitches on the hook. The crochet stitches are (for the most part) more complex than the knitting stitches, but despite this, the crochet is much faster to perform than the knitting.
Are you rather made for knitting or crocheting?
Knitting is made for you if:
- You want to save some thread (the hook takes ⅓ more yarn than knitting)
- You prefer projects and logical directions
- You want to enjoy a wide variety of patterns and patterns (knitting patterns tend to be more popular and more accessible than crochet patterns)
The hook is for you if:
- Your mind works spatially (visualization, you know it)
- You are not afraid of research (crochet patterns can be more complex to find even if, nowadays, it tends to fade thanks to the magic of the internet).
And you, did you prefer knitting or hooking ?