4 Knit vs. Crochet Myths It’s Time to Dispel Right Now

knit and crochet bobble hats

To the untrained eye, the difference between a knitted fabric and a crocheted one may not be super obvious. But to those in the know, knit and crochet are as different as night and day. Or are they? We’ll take a look at some of the common crochet myths about both crafts (does crochet *really* use more yarn?) and help you find reasons to love them both.

Before we dive in, it’s helpful to have a basic understanding of the two crafts. Both involve yarn, but then what?

The Knitty Gritty

woman knitting

Knitting involves working with open stitches — you cast on stitches (meaning you create a series of open loops on one needle), then work through those stitches, pulling more yarn through and creating a new set of open loops. The biggest thing to know is that you work with two needles, and are constantly transferring stitches from one needle to the other as you pull the yarn through.

Hooray for Crochet

man wearing crochet cowl

Crochet, on the other hand, uses a single hook. You work with one stitch at a time, and each stitch (or loop) is closed off before you move onto the next one. So instead of having a row of active stitches, you have a smooth edge that you work into, pulling up a new stitch and finishing it off before you begin the next.

Get Your Fiber Facts Straight

You’ve probably heard some knit vs. crochet rumors floating around out there, but not all of them are true. Here are some common myths in need of busting.

1. Crochet “Eats Up” Yarn

It may feel that way sometimes, but how much yarn you use depends entirely on the stitch you’re using, the gauge you’re stitching at and the project you’re making. There is no hard and fast rule that crochet uses more yarn.

2. Knitting Is Harder Than Crochet

You may have also heard this one the other way around — regardless, each craft has its own challenges, and the one you think is easier is usually the one you learned first. There’s plenty to be gained by learning how to do both, though, so if you’ve never tried knitting before or are new to crochet, we can help you get started.

Pro Tip: If you’re crossing over from crochet into the world of knitting, try knitting continental style. Holding your yarn in your left hand may feel more like what you’re used to with crochet.

3. You Shouldn’t Crochet Sweaters or Knit Blankets

Let’s avoid any ultimatums when it comes to crafting, shall we? If you want to crochet a sweater, crochet a sweater! Just take the time to work up your gauge swatch to make sure you like the feel and drape of the fabric, then adjust as needed. Similarly, there are some stunning knit blankets out there, so feel free to move beyond the crocheted classics.

4. Hand-Dyed Yarns Are Only for Knitters

It’s common to see a lot of hand-dyed yarns in knitting projects, but crochet looks equally as good in a speckled hand-dye. If you’re venturing into self-striping yarns, just note that the size of your stitch will affect how that stripe pattern works up.

Want to learn more about the differences (and similarities!) between these two crafts? Check out our series Knit Meets Knot below.

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20 Responses to “4 Knit vs. Crochet Myths It’s Time to Dispel Right Now”
  1. Jennifer Cogzell
    Jennifer Cogzell

    I’m that age when girls were taught to knit at school so I have knitted from a child. I learnt to crochet from books and enjoy it for a change but I don’t hold the hook correctly so not that fast. In the last few years I have been loom knitting. I have made quite a lot of socks on the loom and its very easy to learn the basics but some of the more complicated stitches I haven’t mastered with the loom yet. In the last few years I have also learnt to pin loom. I made my husband a really nice cowl using pin loom squares, joining them with single crochet and edging it with a knitted ribbed edge. I just love the learning process and fiddling around with the yarn.

  2. Kathryn Lee
    Kathryn Lee

    Oh, thank you for dispelling the crochet takes more yarn myth. I got snubbed at a yarn store once for being a crocheter. I was flabbergasted that the woman didn’t want me to spend “more” money in her store.

  3. Linda

    I knit and crochet. Have for over 40 years. Neither is harder than the other. But I do have some things that I prefer to knit(socks) and others that I prefer to crochet (amigurumi)

  4. Joanne Rodemer
    Joanne Rodemer

    I had 1 grandmother who knitted and one that crocheted and embroidered. I learned all 3 at the same time along with sewing. Still do them all along with other crafts. Love them all equally

  5. Jennifer

    My mom tried to teach me to crochet years ago, but I wasn’t able to even make a basic chain. I then decided to teach myself knitting, and found it to be very easy to do straight away. I have tried to learn to crochet a few times, but I just cannot get the hang of it. I think it all depends on the person.

  6. Susan

    Started with macrame i college. Self taught crochet, now belong to a group and learning knitting ( yes, continental is great for those who crochet). Love both, depends on project. Would love to have the 2 hat patterns pictured!

  7. Lori Rittenhouse
    Lori Rittenhouse

    I agree i learned to crochet and struggled for decades to catch on to knitting but i did it! I will always favor crochet but i do love the professional look of knit.

  8. Jonnita Stubbs
    Jonnita Stubbs

    I am trying to learn to knit with needles now. Gosh, its hard for fingers to get it. I have loom knitted and crocheted for years. I will persevere and learn.

  9. Sherri M.
    Sherri M.

    I learned to knit at a very young age (7) and that’s all I did for years. Once I learned to crochet, I switched over and never looked back. To me, crochet is so much easier and faster. That mattered to me as a young mom and then working single mom. Now that I’ve retired an get to do my own thing, I’ve thought about knitting again.
    Nah! 😉

    • Rachel Clason
      Rachel Clason

      It’s the same for me! I started knitting when I was young, but once I learned crochet I was hooked on it!(no pun intended I barely knit anymore but I crochet every day.

  10. Shelley Ziegler
    Shelley Ziegler

    Crochet is my go-to mainly because it’s a- easier to do in the car or plane and b- faster. 10 rows of stockinette can equal one of double crochet! But..knitting can produce much more soft drape..ahh decisions decisions!

    • Nikkk

      The drape! I’m doing my first knit project. Started off as a lap blanket but now it’s some monster out wrap but I can’t get over how floppy (in a good way) it is. I’m a crocheter and think I prefer that versatility but knit is definitely lovely.

  11. Annette Forbes
    Annette Forbes

    I would like to learn to knit sweaters. Are there any groups around Rossville, Ga., meeting?

      • Patti

        I crocheted for many years before learning to knit. I prefer crochet, but am currently recovering from tennis elbow and find knitting easier, as I knit continental and do not have to twist my forearm