Knitting and Crocheting

Quick Guide: Knitting and Crocheting

In case you are new to the world of Fiber Arts, check out my quick guide to the basics of knitting, crocheting, weaving, and felting. (I don’t claim to be an expert! This is just to give you the “gist” of each).

Knitting and Crocheting tend to be the two most popular “fiber crafts”. (Knitting is what I find myself doing the most!) Although knitting and crocheting are very different from each other, I am going to group them together for their similarities. Both knitting and crocheting utilize hand tools and a single strand of yarn as their base, and consist of creating loops of yarn (or stitches) interwoven with each other. However, the specific methods and overall look of knitting is quite different from crocheting. Knits tend to have a more braided look, where a crocheting consists of more loops.

Knitting consists of using two needles that transfer new stitches from one needle to the other. Each additional layer of stitches is transferred onto the “empty” needle.

Crocheting utilized a single hook-shaped tool that transfers new stitches directly from the hook onto the crochet piece, rather than onto an additional hook or needle.