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What Are the Pros and Cons of Crocheting Vs Knitting?

What Are the Pros and Cons of Crocheting Vs Knitting?

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Although both crocheting and knitting are two separate skills of their own, they both can each have their own pros and cons. Apart from the yarn, each requires a different set of tools and skills to learn and master.  

The method of crocheting requires a crochet hook and you will need to work around from a single stitch. It starts with one basic stitch which graduates to a chain stitch and then you can create different methods. For knitting, however, you will require two needles and the stitches hang from two stitches at the same time. The ultimate result from crocheting is a bulkier fabric as compared to a softly textured knitted fabric. 

To some people crocheting is as easy as walking. To the others, knitting is. Each of them contain several different techniques that pleases different set of people alike. Both are inherently complex yet enjoyable skills of their own.   

Based on public opinions, here are a few pros and cons of knitting vs crocheting



  • Crocheting is faster as compared to knitting. One could easily complete an afghan in a single sitting.
  • Crocheting uses one needle instead of two. Definitely, less tools means less complication. One need not to fidget between two needles when a lot can be done with a single hook.
  • Crocheting is flexible. You can try all sorts of shapes and patterns that are super fun to work with. It is great especially for young learners.
  • Easy fixability. Crochet knots are easy to unravel. You can pull your knits loose till you reach your mistake and tighten back.


  • Crocheting uses more yarn than knitting. To some, this might be a boon since one can easily run out of yarn without having any waste. But more yarn equals to more investment.
  • Your options are limited. The end fabric of crocheting is thicker and heavier as compared to knitting. You can only crochet a few projects as compared to knitting.




  • More popular than crocheting. Knitwear can be found in all corners from departmental stores to the fashion ramps.
  • Lot of variety. You can knit almost anything. You can knit even what you can crochet. Knitting is also suited for delicate garments.
  • Do not need a lot of skill. Unlike crocheting, you do not need to know a lot of stitches or techniques.
  • Flexible fabric. As compared to thick fabric created by crocheting, knitting creates a fabric that is stretchy and flexible which is great for creating wonderful drapes on anything that you wish.


  • Difficult to fix mistakes. To fix a small mistake, you will need to pull out a lot of stitches which might be a frustrating task especially to beginners.
  • Takes much longer than crocheting.
  • More number of tools. Like mentioned above, you have too many things to start off with than with crocheting.
  • Can be confusing at times. Chances are one might get confused if you stop your project midway without keeping proper notes about what you need to do next.

These are the most common pros and cons of crocheting vs knitting that occur to us while crocheting or knitting. Although these pros or cons can be inspirations or deterrents to many people, we at Vardhman Knit World enjoy both skills to the fullest.  

What are some pros and cons according to you? Mention in the comment section below. 

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