Knit vs Crochet
Knitting and crocheting are hobbies that are great time past, and also help in creating something of use and show. There was a time when these two hobbies were considered very important, and a girl not knowing them found it hard to get married at times. With passage of time however, knitted and crocheted products were produced on machines on a huge scale and the market got flooded with such products. As a consequence, knit and crochet almost disappeared from the scene. Of late however, there is a revival of sorts in these two activities, and ladies are taking up on them big time as these activities are not only creative, they also allow a lady to show her love and warmth for her family members. Though there are similarities, there are many differences between knit and crochet that will be talked about in this article.
There are many who feel that crochet and knitting are similar; almost same activities. To help you a bit if you are a total novice, the sweater that your mom made for you to wear when you were a kid, and which provided so much of warmth is an example of knitting, whereas the table mat that she crocheted into a typical pattern is an example of crochet.
First and foremost, there is a big difference in the tools used for crocheting and knitting. Whereas crochet makes use of a single needle with a small hook at the top, knitting requires working with two needles at the same time, and they do not have any hook. However, it is possible to make patterns using more than two needles and there are circular patterns where 4-5 needles are used at the same time.
Similar patterns can be made in knitting and crochet using different tools and techniques. But one thing is absolutely common and that is use of yarn or thread to make finished products. Both involve pulling thread over loops to make fabrics or patterns. There is a basic difference in technique of crocheting and knitting. In crocheting, one loop is worked through at a time, whereas in knitting, the user can work on many loops at the same time. There is difference in appearance of stitches of both knitting and crocheting. While knitting looks like a bunch of braids or interlocking V’s, crocheting uses posts to create its fabric. Knitting is done in a softer manner and is reflected in the fabric created which is softer than what we get after crocheting. Crochet creations are thicker and heavier. However, one can use either knitting or crocheting to make a sweater or any other clothing to be worn round the year.
Crocheting is quick and easier than knitting which can take an eternity to create a fabric. So if you want to present a hand made baby blanket to a dear one whose shower is after a month, it is prudent to stick to crocheting rather than knitting. Whichever hobby you may pick, both are interesting and help make great creations. Though there are some who would say that crocheting is easier and quicker than knitting, there are knitting enthusiasts who have their points in favor of knitting. One can learn both, and make use of both in a same project even.