Is it “harder” to knit or to crochet? Which craft is the hardest to accomplish?
People ask me these questions a lot. And I mean a lot.
So I thought I would try my best to type my own answer to the question up and publish it for anyone who might be searching to find answers to this very question.
The answer? It isn’t as simple as you expected, or hoped, probably.
The answer is difficult because it likely differs for every yarn crafter who does both knitting and crochet. I can only answer this from my personal perspective, so do keep in mind that this is what I’m doing. I’m not saying for certain which craft will prove to be the hardest of the two for you specifically. But I do feel pretty strong in my own opinion of which is harder to learn and work with, so I am happy to explain why. Now that my mini disclaimer is out of the way, let me just tell you what I think.
Knitting is harder.
Okay, there! I said it. Send me to the guillotines! Even I didn’t want to admit this to be true, but I could deny it no longer.
You see, I started out knitting. It was the very first yarn craft I picked up, and while I don’t think the basics of knitting are necessarily “hard” or difficult to do, I find that crochet is so much more smooth of a craft to work with. It’s also far more lenient in terms of rules and what you can do with it. Knitting, not so much. Knitting is for the rule-followers. Crocheting is for those of us who have a rebel side and want to skip a few, and sometimes just crochet whatever we want without necessarily following a specific pattern.
You see, crochet allows you to do that, most of the time.
Oh buddy. I hope you are really good at picking up stitches when you drop em! With crochet if you skip a stitch, it’s usually not a big deal. Knitting, on the other hand, requires strategic focus, in my opinion. Even if I’m only knitting using one simple stitch all the way through and following a simple shape like a square for a blanket, for example. I have to keep an eye on my work a bit more than when I’m crocheting.
Therefore, knitting does not go as smoothly as crochet, for me.
That’s to put it in a nut shell. There are a lot of differences between knitting and crochet, but I won’t kill you with that kind of detail.
On the positive side, I’m really confident that anyone who’s got the patience for yarn crafting and the passion will absolutely be able to pick up knitting without trouble.
For me, a very slow learner and someone who learned from YouTube videos and no in-person help, it took me several hours of carefully watching very slow tutorials on how to “cast on” and how to wrap and twist the yarn in all those different ways that are required in knitting.
More good news:
It’s actually way easier than it looks! It’s just getting the hang of it and letting your hands get past that awkwardness and uncertainty of the movements. But once your hands are comfortable, things will flow easily without a lot of thought or confusion.
With that said, once I learned the basic stitches of crochet, I only had to go back and re-watch videos on how to do the stitches a couple of times at most. As for knitting, I had to completely re-learn how to create a purl stitch after almost one year of not picking up the needles.
It also requires two needles rather than one hook, so that alone makes things feel awkward if you’re used to holding a single hook in your hand.
I think initially, once we get past the awkwardness of holding and moving the needles, that’s when things are suddenly not as hard as they first looked to us.
So, I hope knitting isn’t something your discouraged about. Watch plenty of YouTube tutorials and allow yourself time and a lot of patience and you will probably develop a new found love for knitting, too.
However, there’s something more satisfying about the ease of crochet, the way you don’t really have to follow so many stiff rules in order to create something pretty awesome. There’s something about crochet that feels more satisfying as I do it than when I knit, most of the time. I think it’s because it allows for more mindless working than knitting typically does, although you truly can do plenty of mindless knitting (blankets, scarves, etc.) I just feel like there’s more leniency with crochet, if that makes sense.
I personally was able to catch onto crochet in one night. Knitting took several.
One more major difference between knitting and crochet that I think makes one harder than the other is the hand-strain. Knitting seems to really fire up the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome that I’ve been dealing with for several long months now whereas crochet doesn’t seem to affect my hand as easily. I can also crochet loosely so it’s easier on my hand without it affecting the work too much whereas knitting can start to look a smidgen un-even when I go loosely.
That sums up the answer, in a quick nutshell. I promise though, if you can crochet and you love it and have been considering knitting but are afraid, please don’t be. You do get a great sense of pride and accomplishment from knitting, it’s just not as smooth of a ride as crochet can often be. So, hang on, pick up some needles and get to knittin’!
Let me know what you think. Which is harder for you? Knitting? Crochet? Both? None?