Crochet vs Knitting

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Crochet vs Knitting - How do you know which craft is best for you? How do you decide if you learn to crochet or learn to knit? This post is here to help you figure out which to start with. #crochet #knitting #knittingvscrochet

Crochet vs. Knitting

When getting into needlework, there are so many options to choose from. Two of the most popular options (and the two that cause the most indecision) are crochet and knitting. How do you know which craft is best for you? How do you decide if you learn to crochet or learn to knit?

This post is here to help you figure out which to start with. I’ll talk about the differences in crochet vs. knit, and share their similarities and benefits. I’ll even talk to you about what you need to get started and share some of my favorite simple patterns, crochet and knitting patterns included. By the end of it, you’ll be ready to learn how to crochet or learn knitting for beginners.

Benefits and Similarities
Crochet and knitting are crafts that use knitting yarn and stitchwork to create garments and other projects. And both methods have loads of benefits.

To start, crocheting and knitting are relatively inexpensive hobbies as a beginner. You can find loads of easy knitting patterns online. Same for crochet patterns. Then all you need to start is a set of needles for casting on knitting. And for crochet for beginners, you need a crochet hook. Grab a pair of scissors and some simple yarn, and you’re set. This makes it an easy hobby to enjoy for all ages.

Another benefit is how relaxing many find the two crafts. Relaxation can lower your blood pressure and heart rate. That’s what makes beginner crochet and knitting an excellent treatment for anxiety and panic attacks. It’s also great brain stimulation which helps us as we grow older. When you learn how to knit or learn how to crochet, it requires hand eye coordination and some math skills. So, you can see how beneficial this is for our brains.

Once you learn how to read one type of pattern, you can usually pick up how to read the other easily. This is because many of the abbreviations and pattern formats are similar. You can also make the same types of projects, whether knitted or crocheted. If you invest your time in learning how to crochet for beginners, you’ll probably have an easier time learning how to knit for beginners later on. And vice versa.

The most important similarity between the two, is that they both require patience and determination. You have to be gentle with yourself when learning and be prepared to make mistakes. You also have to dedicate time to working on your projects in order to complete them. It can be a lot of work, but the finished projects for crochet and knit alike, are worth it.

While these similarities bind the two crafts, there are also important differences that will determine which craft is right for you.

Determining Which One is For You: Crochet vs. Knit

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There are several key differences between crochet and knitting. And these differences are what will make one a better fit for you over the other. To start, the above stitch pictures show how different crochet stitches look from knit stitches. Knit stitches look like little V’s or straight lines. While basic crochet stitches like single crochet, have a knotted look.  

I first learned knitting when I was in college. It was easy to pick up, and I loved how logical it was. But one thing I struggled with was how much time the projects took. You see, knit stitches are smaller than crochet, so knit projects work up slower. When I crocheted for the first time, one of the things I preferred was how much faster I could complete projects.

If you asked me which one is my favorite, knitting vs crochet, I couldn’t tell you. There are pros and cons to each craft.  You might decide you love both for different reasons (and you probably will). But I’m hoping that by sharing these differences with you, you can better choose the one you will enjoy the most. At the end of the day though, it comes down to personal preference.

Choose Crochet if…

  • You like projects that have bigger stitches and work up faster
  • You’re afraid of making a mistake and want an easy fix
  • You like being more creative and loose with your patterns
  • You like holding your work and yarn in one hand, and your hook in the other
  • You like having one set of tools that works for every project
  • You like to save money on equipment

Choose Knitting if…

  • You like logic and straightforward directions
  • You want to make mostly garments and fashion projects
  • You have patience for longer, relaxing projects
  • You have dexterity and like working with both hands at once
  • You like having an assortment of tools for different projects
  • You like using slightly less yarn

What You’ll Need to Get Started Crocheting or Knitting

For crochet, you’ll need a crochet hook (I recommend size H for beginners), some simple worsted weight yarn, and a pair of scissors. You’ll also need a crochet stitch guide if you’re starting out and an easy pattern.  

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For knitting, you’ll need a pair of knitting needles (size 11 for beginners, straight or circular depending on your pattern), some simple worsted weight yarn and scissors. All knitting uses knit stitches and purl stitches. So once you master those, you’re set until you need to learn how to cast off at the end. But you can worry about that when you get there!

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If you’re still having trouble deciding between the two, you could try learning tunisian crochet. Tunisian crochet is seen as a blend of both knitting and crochet. It creates a thick squishy fabric, and could help you learn knitting and crochet down the line. For this technique, you’ll need yarn, scissors and a tunisian hook, along with some stitch markers.

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Projects and Getting Started

Now that you’ve got all the pros and cons, you can make an informed decision about which method is right for you. Below are a series of crochet and knit patterns for beginners. Pick your favorite and start learning a new skill today. Both methods are equally tranquil and fun. You can’t go wrong.

To learn how to read patterns and abbreviations, check out this post.

Crochet Patterns

Reusable Face Scrubbies

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Elizabeth Stitch Boot Cuffs

Elizabeth Stitch Crochet Boot Cuffs - Crochet and knitting are crafts that use knitting yarn and stitchwork to create garments and other projects. And both methods have loads of benefits. #crochet #knitting #knittingvscrochet

Washcloth Set

Crochet Washcloth Set - Crochet and knitting are crafts that use knitting yarn and stitchwork to create garments and other projects. And both methods have loads of benefits. #crochet #knitting #knittingvscrochet

Cozy Fall Headband

Cozy Fall Crochet Headband - Crochet and knitting are crafts that use knitting yarn and stitchwork to create garments and other projects. And both methods have loads of benefits. #crochet #knitting #knittingvscrochet

Easy Peasy Messy Bun Hat

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Easy Infinity Scarf

Easy Crochet Infinity Scarf - Crochet and knitting are crafts that use knitting yarn and stitchwork to create garments and other projects. And both methods have loads of benefits. #crochet #knitting #knittingvscrochet

Knit Patterns

Chunky Knit Pillow

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Tegan Baby Hat with Top Knot

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Basic Knit Hat

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Knit Coffee Cozy

Knit Coffee Cozy - Crochet and knitting are crafts that use knitting yarn and stitchwork to create garments and other projects. And both methods have loads of benefits. #crochet #knitting #knittingvscrochet

Newbie Headband

Newbie Knit Headband - Crochet and knitting are crafts that use knitting yarn and stitchwork to create garments and other projects. And both methods have loads of benefits. #crochet #knitting #knittingvscrochet
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Easy Wear Crochet Cardigan Pattern

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This easy wear crochet cardigan is easy to make and perfect for a first garment. It has a boxy shape with ribbed banding around the bottom and neckline. #crochetcardigan #crochetpattern #easycrochetpattern #freecrochetpattern

Easy Wear Crochet Cardigan Pattern

If you haven’t made a garment before, it’s best to start with an easy pattern. The easy wear cardigan is simple to make and has a classic silhouette.

Cardigans can seem intimidating, but if you find an easy pattern, you can crochet one in no time. This cardigan sweater has a boxy shape with ribbed banding around the bottom and neckline. And as far as cardigans for women go, this one is relatively simple.

While the silhouette is classic, this crochet cardigan pattern uses a unique stitch. The crumpled griddle stitch is thick and textural. It really adds a special detail to this crochet sweater.

This particular crochet cardigan calls for 8 skeins of Babe Soft Cotton Chunky Solids yarn in moonlight. It’s a chunky cotton acrylic blend. It can be thrown in the washer and dryer as long as you use the gentle cycle. It’s durable and really soft, perfect for this beginner friendly cardigan pattern.

You can get all of this yarn and a digital copy of the pattern in the crochet kit on makerdrop. Crochet sweater patterns don’t have to be challenging. They can be accessible and fun to make, just like this one.

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Easy Wear Crochet Cardigan Pattern

SKILL LEVEL: Advanced beginner

MATERIALS:

Hook: 8mm

Yarn: Babe Soft Cotton Chunky- Moonlight ( 1000 yds)

Tools:Scissors, tapestry needle

ABBREVIATIONS:

st = stitch

ch = chain

sl = slip stitch

sc=single crochet

hdc=half double crochet

dc=double crochet

mc=magic circle

sk=skip stitch

sp=space

SPECIAL INFORMATION: add any stitch details here OR if gauge is important add info.

FINISHED SIZE: 25” wide, 28” long, 23” sleeve

Gauge: 8 st x 8 rows=4”

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PATTERN:

Back:

Row 1: Ch 54, sc into the 2nd ch from the hook. *Dc into the next st, sc in the next st* (53 st)

Rows 2-56: Do not ch, sc into the 2st sc from the previous row. *Dc into the dc of the previous row, sc in the next sc of the previous row. (53 st)

Front (make 2):

Row 1: Ch 22, sc into the 2nd ch from the hook. *Dc in the next st, sc into the next st* *(21 st)

Row 2-56: Do not ch, sc into the 2st sc from the previous row. *Dc into the dc of the previous row, sc in the next sc of the previous row. (21 st)

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Sleeve (make 2)

Row 1: Ch 45, Sc into the 2nd ch from the hook. *Dc into the next st, sc into the next st* (44 st)

Row 2-4: Do not ch, sc into the 2st sc from the previous row. *Dc into the dc of the previous row, sc in the next sc of the previous row. (44 st)

Row 5: Sc2tog into the first sc and dc. Dc2tog in the next 2 st. *Dc into the dc of the previous row, sc in the next sc of the previous row.* when there are 4 st left, dc2tog in the next 2 st, sc2tog in the next 2 st. (40 st)

Rows 6-9: Repeat row 2 (40 st)

Row 10: Repeat row 5 (36 st)

Rows 11-14: Repeat row 2 (36 st)

Row 15: Repeat row 5 (32 st)

Rows 16-19: Repeat row 2 (32 st)

Row 20: Repeat row 5 (28 st)

Rows 21-24: Repeat row 2 (28 st)

Row 25: Repeat row 5 (24 st)

Rows 26-38: Repeat row 2 (24 st)

Row 39: Sc in each st across (24 sc)

Row 40: Ch 3, fpdc in the first st *bpdc in the next st, fpdc in the next st* (24 dc)

Row 41: Bpdc in the next st *fpdc in the next st, bpdc in the next st* (24 dc)

FInishing and assembly:

Place the front and back panels together with right sides facing, and whip st along the top of the shoulder. Turn right sides out, and whip st the sleeve in place. Turn inside out, and whip st the sleeve and side closed. Repeat on the other side, and turn right side out. Reattach the yarn at the bottom corner of the right panel, and work up towards the top. Make 56 sc up to where the front and back panels meet. Make a stitch into each of the 11 st across the back, then make 56 sc down the other front panel. In the corner, make 3 sc. Make a sc into each st around the bottom, 95 sc. In the last st before joining, make 3 sc and slst to join. Ch 3, and work a fpdc into the first st. *bpdc in the next st, fpdc in the next st*. Repeat for 3 rows of ribbing. Weave in all ends securely.

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This easy wear crochet cardigan is easy to make and perfect for a first garment. If you’ve been intimidated to try a crochet cardigan pattern before, give this one a try. You won’t be disappointed by how well it turns out.

Looking for more great crochet patterns: Boot CuffsCrochet Fingerless GlovesDone In A Day Baby BlanketEasy Crochet Can CozyTulip Textured Crochet Dishcloth,Colorful Solid Granny Square DishclothEasy Cozy Crochet BlanketCrochet Beach BagOutland CowlCaps for a CauseCrochet Infinity ScarfCrochet Cat BedCrochet iPhone CaseEasy-Peasy Crochet Beanie

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Moss Stitch Beanie Hat Crochet Pattern

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This moss stitch crochet pattern is a great crochet hat pattern for beginners - simple and easy to follow. Perfect for beginners and experts alike. #mossstitchcrochetpattern #crochetpattern #mossstitch #crochethat

Moss Stitch Beanie Hat Crochet Pattern

When your schedule gets busier, it can be hard to find time to work on big projects like crochet afghans and sweaters. If you’re like me though, crochet is an important part of your life that has to be worked in. That’s why I always turn to the fun, fast and reliable project: the crochet hat. In particular, this Moss stitch crochet hat pattern.

When I first learned to crochet a hat, it was all I would make for the longest time. And that’s how you’ll feel after you make this crochet beanie. This crochet beanie pattern is really simple and the moss stitch is a lot of fun to crochet. It’s made with two colors and has a big pom pom on top.

Beanie hats make excellent gifts, so if you know someone with a birthday coming up, you’re set. The digital pdf pattern found in the crochet kit will teach you how to crochet a beanie and switch colors. The kit also comes with 2 skeins of the Blue sky woolstock yarn. It’s warm and strong since it’s made from 100% highland wool. The colors are heathered too which adds great stitch definition. With this kit handy, you’ll be able to make this easy crochet hat as a gift in no time.

Like with many hats, after you make the ribbing, you crochet in the round. Row by row. It’s really relaxing and a nice way to unwind at the end of the day. And when the year gets busier, it always nice to have easy crochet projects on hand like this one.

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Moss Stitch Beanie Hat Crochet Pattern

Skill Level: Easy

Materials:

Hook(s) size: 5.5 mm

Yarn weight: Worsted

Suggested yarn: Blue Sky Woolstok: Color A – October Sky, Color B – Thermal Spring

Yarn yardage: Color A – 75 yds, Color B – 55 yds

Tools – scissors, tapestry needle, white faux fur pom pom

Approx. finished dimensions: Circumference: 18” Height: 8.5”

Gauge: 2” = 8 sts by 9.5 rows

Special notes

  1. Ch – chain, sc – single crochet, st(s) – stitch(es), blo – back loop only,
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The Pattern

Ribbing

Color A – ch 11

Row 1: Sc into the second ch from the hook and into each ch across – 10 sts

Row 2-64: Ch 1, turn. Sc blo into each st acrossTurn the ribbed cuff portion you’ve just finished. You will now be working across the long side of the ribbing.

Hat Portion

Row 1: Sc into the end of each row on the ribbing – 64 sts

Row 2: Ch 2, turn, sc into the next st. *Ch 1, skip 1, sc  into the following st* repeat acrossRow 3-9: Ch 2, turn, sc into the ch space from the previous row. *Ch 1 skip 1, sc into the following ch space* repeat across. Sc into the top of the ch 2 space in the last st.

Switch to color B

Row 10-27: Ch 2, turn, sc into the ch space from the previous row. *Ch 1 skip 1, sc into the following ch space* repeat across. Sc into the top of the ch 2 space in the last st.

Cut yarn leaving a long tail. Fold hat in half and stitch together the sides using the appropriate color. Turn hat right side out to hide the seam. Cut a piece of yarn and weave through every second st at the top. Pull yarn tight and double knot to close the top of the beanie.

Sew on pom pom.

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This free crochet pattern is a perfect crochet hat pattern for beginners. It’s simple and easy to follow and fun. Everything a beginner or expert alike would enjoy. Pick up a kit to get access to the Blue Sky Woolstock yarn here to get started.

Looking for more great crochet patterns: Boot CuffsCrochet Fingerless GlovesDone In A Day Baby BlanketEasy Crochet Can CozyTulip Textured Crochet Dishcloth,Colorful Solid Granny Square DishclothEasy Cozy Crochet BlanketCrochet Beach BagOutland CowlCaps for a CauseCrochet Infinity ScarfCrochet Cat BedCrochet iPhone CaseEasy-Peasy Crochet Beanie

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Crochet and Knitting on an Airplane 2019

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Crochet and Knitting on an Airplane 2019

There’s something that sparks fear in the hearts of knitters all around the globe. One question. “Will my knitting needles get taken away at the airport?”

This is a very real fear, and while less likely, crocheters fear for their crochet needles as well. Luckily, there are ways to assure you won’t lose your favorite tools and can enjoy your hobby while in flight. If you’ve ever wondered “What can I take on a plane,” here’s the scoop.

What Can You Take on a Plane?

It’s important to note that guidelines for flying with knitting needles and crochet hooks vary all over the world. What’s allowed in one place may be prohibited in another. In order to avoid confiscation, it’s best to research the specific airport rules for each airport you’ll be flying in and out of.

 

Can I Bring My Knitting Needles on a Plane?

As a general guide, knitting needles and crochet hooks ARE ALLOWED in checked bags and carry on in the USA, UK and Canada (more on that below). There are of course stipulations to these rules. But can you bring scissors on a plane?

In the US, according to the TSA (Transportation Security Administration) scissor blades must measure 4” or less to be considered safe TSA scissors. Blunt rounded scissors (think kindergarten style) are also allowed. For a full list of what items you can take on a plane, check out the TSA’s list of “What Can I Bring”

Things are a little different in Canada and the UK. Scissor blades must measure 6 cm (2.4 in) or less to be considered safe for airplane travel. Of course, this is up to the TSA screener’s discretion and they can decide anything is unsafe to bring on board. For the full list of what you can carry on your flight in Canada and the UK, check out the Canadian “What I Can Bring” list and the UK’s “Hand Luggage Restrictions” list. For all other countries, you’ll need to research their rules on a case by case basis.

 

Ideas for Flying with Knitting Needles and Crochet Hooks

Some good alternative for flying with scissors or cutters would be TSA nail clippers or dental floss. Yes. Dental floss will be a game changer. Dental floss has a little blade inside that can be used to cut yarn. When my travel scissors didn’t arrive in time for my recent flight, I used this technique and it worked like a charm. Also, if your knitting needles are confiscated, the dental floss can be used to hold your stitches so you don’t lose your project.
Crochet and Knitting on an Airplane

 

Preferred Types of Knitting Needles to Take on a Plane

While knitting needles are allowed, the airports tend to prefer bamboo or plastic over metal. They also prefer circular knitting needles. These seem less threatening and are actually better for you and your neighbors on the plane. You see, circular needles take a smaller range of motion and tend to be smaller. The smaller your needles, the better chance of you passing airport security with them. They’re also more practical. Having circular needles means you can’t drop and lose a knitting needle like you could with straights.

 

Best Practice for Traveling with Knitting Needles, Crochet Hooks and Notions

It’s a good idea to wrap your needles or hooks up in a sheath or blanket to help prevent injury of TSA agents. They don’t want to be poked when they’re doing a safety check on your bag. Point protectors for circular knitting needles are also ideal to make sure your needle tips are protected. Wrapping your sharp objects up safely is a nice way to be considerate of the safety agents.

As far as notions go, it’s best to have a little notions kit for traveling. So everything is in one place. All your knitting tools such as stitch markers, yarn needles, tape measure etc can be kept in one convenient place. This means you don’t have to dig for it once you’re on the plane and having it all together is easier for the agents.  

Crochet and Knitting on an Airplane

Flying Home or To Different Countries

Also remember the country you’re flying home from as well. I was recently on a vacation to Mexico and while I knew there were no problems going through security in Canada, I did get stopped in security at the Cancun Airport. I told the security agent that I called my airline prior to the flights to make sure I could bring my knitting needles onto the plane. My beautiful circular knitting needles were taken to a security manager and they made inquiries with my airline. In the end, I got approval to take the knitting needles on the flight but it was a stressful situation nonetheless. Best advice – be prepared!

Tips for Traveling with Knitting and Crochet Projects

There are a few tips you can use to ensure you have an easy trip with your favorite hobby. One of the worst things you can do is overpack.

Be practical with yourself about how much time you’ll have to work on a project during your trip and pack accordingly. If you’re going to be spending time with a lot of other people, you won’t have time to work on big, challenging projects. Don’t pack 12 balls of yarn because frankly, you won’t use them. As a general rule of thumb when traveling, it’s best to pick small projects such as hats and socks. And bring the knitting supplies to match. (I.e. 2 balls of yarn, an extra pair of needles or hook, and your notions kit). It also helps to have a zip up bag for all your supplies.

Know your pattern and have a backup of it. You might not have wifi. So, if your pattern is online, screenshot it, download the pdf or print out a physical copy to take with you. This will make sure you have the instructions you need to leisurely work on your project while away. It’s also best to have a few rows of your project started by the time you reach the airport. They are less likely to throw out your needles if they see you’re clearly working on something and aren’t just harboring sharp objects.

Be a Prepared Traveller

Finally, the two most important things to remember: Don’t bring anything you’re afraid to lose and bring an envelope with your address and stamp on it in case.

The fact is, no matter what the guidelines say about what can I carry on a plane, they can take anything from me if they see fit. So, it’s best to only bring stuff you don’t mind losing. Don’t bring your favorite pair of needles or favorite set of hooks. It’s not worth it.

If you feel strongly that you don’t want to lose any of your tools (me), it’s a good idea to bring a pre-addressed, ready to mail off envelope big enough to fit all your tools. If they do refuse to let you fly with them, you can put them in the envelope and mail it back home to yourself.

At the end of the day, you can’t control what they’ll let you fly with. But with these travel tips and tricks, you have a pretty good chance of enjoying a flight full of crafting and relaxing. Safe Travels!

Looking for some quick and easy crochet patterns to take on your next flight? Check out these Dabbles and Babbles patterns including the Girl’s Boho Crop Top, the Lily Cowl Crochet Pattern and the Simple Shells Light Crochet Wrap Pattern.

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