People who are unfamiliar with yarn crafting often confuse knitting and crochet. It's totally understandable that this happens; these crafts share many similarities and common elements. But they also have significant differences.
- Both crafts utilize yarn or fiber, and you can make the same sorts of projects such as sweaters, shawls, wraps, blankets, afghans, scarves, hats, mittens, socks, etc. with either technique.
- Both knitters and crocheters work from patterns and use abbreviations. Some of the abbreviations are even the same.
- Knitting and crocheting both require similar skill sets: hand-eye coordination, an eye for color and design, an affinity for fiber, the ability to plan a project from start to finish and see it through. Mathematical ability is helpful, although not strictly necessary, for either craft technique.
- Both knitting and crochet offer a number of amazing health benefits.
- Above all, both knitters and crocheters need to have the patience necessary to keep working, stitch after stitch after stitch, until a project is completed.
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So what's the difference between knitting and crocheting? Why would it matter whether you do one, or the other? It doesn't necessarily matter, beyond personal preference, of course, but those people who are just getting interested in yarn crafting will want to explore the differences between the two crafts for a better understanding of which one might be suited to them. Here are some of those differences:
When it comes to supplies, knitters and crocheters end up with similar yet different stashes; you'll find most of the differences in the tools department.
Some knitters—hand knitters, that is—use pointy knitting needles. The pointy needles can appear in several different types of configurations; they often exist in sets of two, although this is not always the case. Sometimes the two needles are connected by a cord, as in the case of a circular knitting needle. Sometimes they come in sets of more than two. For example, double-pointed sock knitting needles often come in sets of four or five. If pointy needles are part of the process, then the crafter in question is knitting by hand.