When I was eleven years old, I learned to crochet while I was staying home from school due to a prolonged illness. My aunt taught me the basic stitches, and many years that was all I could do. Later, I learned the granny square but I still didn’t have access to all the knowledge now available as the internet was still very new and Google wasn’t even a thing yet.

Well, fast forward and I became self taught thanks to a beginner book I stumbled across in Michaels, and then I dived into crochet blogs and video tutorials. Which were only a few minutes long at the time, which just shows you how much YouTube and how we consume media has changed.

I could have self taught myself knitting. I even have dived into knitting a couple of times, once with a knitter, once with some video tutorials. But crocheting was easier—I knew how to do it after all, and learning is a process and doesn’t provide the same “fix” as when you can dive into craft and just get stitching.

So, in a nutshell, that’s why I don’t knit. I’ve just never really taken the time.

Do I Want to Learn to Knit?

I wish I had a good answer to the the questions: do I want to learn how to knit? The part of me that likes learning, that is creative and wants to do ALL the yarn things says yes, but—but there’s another part of me. A part of me that’s being practical.

The practical part of me knows that if I’m going to be a designer, I need to focus on crochet. I need to continue spreading my wings and grow in my comfort zone as a designer. I also need to focus on the business side of things: sharing, promoting, etc and that’s time consuming too. And, I’m still learning Tunisian crochet so I’m maxed out when it comes to yarn craft. At the moment anyway.

So, it seems logical to put knitting on the to do list for some day in the (likely far) future.

But, there is another tiny part of me that just doesn’t want to learn. Maybe it’s because people call my crocheting knitting. Or maybe it’s because I know some knitters looked down on crochet a little, were snobby towards the craft. And maybe it’s also because it just looks hard!

Which is super silly! Crochet is hard too, when you first start. Everything is. I know if I spent the time I could learn to knit. But the idea of fiddling around with two needles and having open stitches is just too scary sometimes! It seems awkward and sometimes complicated and I think to myself, that’s not for me. But I honestly don’t know if it isn’t because I’ve never stuck to it long enough.

Yarn Craft Plans

I think I will eventually learn to knit. If I had to plan out my yarn life, this is something like what it would it look like.

  • Push into crochet techniques not previously explored (i.e Mosaic, corner to corner)
  • Practice and develop Tunisian crochet skills (i.e increase, decrease, colour changing)
  • Learn to knit

Now, while those are just three little bullets, there’s a lot of skills to learn in there, and the first two bullets alone would be extremely time consuming. And they are the two I want to really focus on. Which brings me to knit.

Knit it a whole new skill. Tunisian crochet has many similarities to crochet, so learning it thus far hasn’t been challenging. It’s more a matter of practice now. But, knit is entirely different so it will be something I have to tackle after I really feel more confident with Tunisian. I’m also hoping some of those Tunisian skills might cross over into knit. Not entirely sure they will however.

English Vs Continental?

I also think knitting needs a little research. For instance, what do knitters need mean when they say they knit continental or English? I’m not sure! I haven’t looked too closely into it to be honest, but it seems to be a variation in technique. I’m not sure which I have used in the past because it wasn’t something mentioned when I was learning. I guess the knitter just taught me whatever she used, and as for when I was learning via a video tutorial, it wasn’t mentioned as far as I remember. But when I do learn, I’ll definitely talk to some knitters and watch some videos using both methods and try and see which I like.

As you can see, there’s a lot to learn when it comes to yarn craft, and although knitting and crochet aren’t hard to learn, you do need to spend the time to learn, practice and trial and error as you go along. Which I am excitedly looking forward to when it comes to knit! It might be a while before I learn, but learning a whole new craft is always such fun.

Do you knit? Share your fibre craft skills below.

54 Comments

  1. Yes I do knit sometimes though I crochet more often. Quilting, sewing and cross stitch are also in my fiber works basket.
    I honestly haven’t looked into knitting in a long time. My knitting skills were given to me by a nurse as I’d been in the hospital quite awhile with nothing to do. A knitting class would truly help.

  2. Yes I do knit sometimes though I crochet more often. Quilting, sewing and cross stitch are also in my fiber works basket.

    1. Nice! I want to learn embroidery myself.

  3. I can both knit and crochet, but I prefer to crochet. I know knitting is supposed to somehow be more “elegant”, but I just think crocheting is more fun and more relaxing. Since those are the two big reasons do yarn art, I think I will stick with crochet.

    1. Definitely stick to the one you enjoy the most!

  4. Marcia Smith-McKenna

    Continental knitting is much more efficient. You can almost knit blind.

    1. See! Who knew? Not me lol Thanks for sharing that but if knowledge.

  5. Do I knit ? All the time. It’s the most professional looking form of the craft using yarn particular when it comes to apparel . No disrespect to crochet, I just love the look and textures of knitting.
    That being said; I have recently fallen in love with the art of mosaic crochet. I have not knitted anything in 2 years. Did I say I love mosaic crochet. Yes I do!

    1. I also love the look of knit, I think each has its appeal in the beauty department 😉

      1. I learned to crochet from my mom around 9 years old. Learned the fundamentals of knitting from a friend’s mom in my 20s, then really delved into knitting with the birth of my oldest. I find knitting far more relaxing. Watching the 2 needles moving simultaneously and the movement of knitting feels far more calming.

        1. Since I can’t know I don’t know but if it’s calming that’s good! It’s important to have that kind of thing for our mental health 🙂

  6. My grandmother taught me the chain stitch. She was left handed. I’m right handed. I had surgery with about a years recovery. I got a beginner s crochet, knit, tat, and macrame book. Tried them all. Better at crochet. So, settled on crochet. I made everything from dishcloths to afghans. Even. Sweaters and gave away, or donated, and even sold some. Everytime a new pattern came out I made it. I even taught a girl to knit. She ran with it. I also taught my niece, who is left handed, to crochet. I’m 76, Arthritic now. And still crochet some. I also taught my granddaughter to knit. She made scarfs and made some money in high school, selling them for $5. So, my love of crochet goes on.

    1. It’s definitely good for us to pass on all the fibre art skills we can!

  7. My late paternal grandma taught me basic crochet when I was under 10 years old. And then 20ish years later some friends taught me how to read word patterns (not symbols patterns which I have yet to even begin to learn cuz they are intimidating) and a whole world opened up. I did briefly try knitting, but I find crochet is faster to finish and easier to fix a missed stitch. Knitting was just slow progress and frustrating. And my grandma did teach me basic crochet. I don’t know if she knitted too, but I definitely remember her crocheting. So crochet is easier to finish and I have warm memories attached to crochet.

    1. I totally understand!

  8. Alot of the reasons people prefer crochet over knitting is the knitting take both side of the brain it a 2 step intricat process crochet is a 0ne step process and more repetition knitting take more thinking for every step which slows use down on finishing the project. There should be more verbal utubes to explain step to be able to increase speed ING the process then more people would knit that is why knitting is done mo
    Re by
    Machine
    Or maybe more personal machines for home should be made not manufacting big business machines

    1. Interesting take, that is for sharing.

  9. I came across on you tube how to learn knitting from a crochet point of view. I crochet right handed and hold the yarn and project with my left hand. You can do it more or less with a knitting needle. Called “picking” or continental. Maneuvering my left hand was new. You have to hold the tension while holding the needle while moving your fingers with the yarn to facilitate purling or knitting. Look on line for all the options of doing the purl stitch. It makes it easier to make ribbing.

    1. Thanks for the info!

  10. I just left a message about switching from crochet to knitting. Here’s a video https://youtu.be/W020M9xDY2g
    I still prefer to crochet, though!!

    1. Awesome, thanks for the link 😃

  11. I have been knitting continental style since I was 4 years old. Of course my skills have improved over the years, I live it. I also learned how to crochet with thread. I have made wonderful table cloths. I learned to crochet with yarn and I live it. I use both crafts. It just depends on the project and what I want from it. If I want something delicate I knit. For blankets I crochet. I always use wool or cotton. That’s my 2 cents

    1. Being two different crafts that create different fabric types in a way and drape, this makes perfect sense to me.

  12. I learned to crochet from my grandmother when I was 9. She didn’t read patterns, so we either made up our own designs, or copied others crocheting.. one day when I was 12, and my mom had started letting me walk around the store by myself, I found myself in rows and rows of the most beautiful yarn. And there were books to tell you how to make things. So I bought yarn a book and a crochet hook. I made a baby sweater for my cousin who was having a baby My grandma was so impressed she asked me to teach her to read directions, so we worked together on it.
    When I got into highschool the home ec teacher thought we should learn knitting. She taught the English way, and I couldn’t get used to holding the thread in my right hand, which is opposite to crocheting. At the time I didn’t know there was another way. i never did well in knitting.
    Then when I was going to get married my Grandma reminded me that I said I was going to crochet my wedding dress. Well that was a foolish statement made bet a 12 year old, but I couldn’t disappoint her, so I crocheted my wedding dress.
    Now after 9 kids and teaching them to crochet and sew, one daughter wanted me to teach her to knit. i told her not until I learned to hold the needles right. Well, one day a pastor’s wife visited,and knitting came up. So she showed us a way to hold the thread like we do for crocheting, which I imagine is the continnental way. Once we learned to do that we all took off. So now we all knit, crochet, sew, quilt, tat, weave felt,paint and anything else we can think of

    1. What a wonderful story! It’s great that we can share our knowledge and continue the fibre arts traditions 🥰 Thanks for sharing.

  13. I learned knitting from my school days, just few months ago I learned Crochet from YouTube and now I feel like crochet is much easier than knitting it was hard in the beginning, just you need to learned how to hold a needle and yarn that’s all I learned in 2 days and now I do so many things from crochet by my own, I love it.

    1. I think that the fact that knitting has live stitches makes it harder in the beginning because when you drop stitches everything falls apart and in crochet things don’t fall apart. I am glad you are enjoying crocheting.

  14. I had to stop knitting when I broke my shoulders and ripped my rotator cuffs 🙁 I couldn’t mange multiple needles after that Then, arthritis made my left hand almost unusable. The surgeon gave me 50% use of my left hand by removing bones and moving muscles and nerves around so that I can crochet. I miss the click of the needles , but I’m enjoying being able to craft!

    1. I’m so sorry to hear of this! Knowing the joy of crocheting, I’d hate for it to be taken away by injury. I’m glad you can crochet though I am sure you miss knitting. It’s the crafting that’s really though to be sure.

  15. I learned to crochet as a newlywed by sitting opposite a right-handed coworker (I am left-handed). That was (gasp) 44 years ago and it’s been my passion ever since. Over the years, I tried several times to learn to knit. I tried books, videos, and even 2 in-person lessons. I could not get the hang of it, but more than that, I realized I wouldn’t enjoy it! So I gave up trying and never looked back. I adore the art of crochet and am discouraged to go into yarn stores and have crochet treated as an unwanted stepchild, or to be asked, “what are you knitting?” I do admire people who are skilled at knitting. But for me, crochet RULES!

    1. Oh yes, I know that feeling! Sometimes crocheters do get that look like, “oh you’re only crocheting?” I think this is changing a lot but even ten years ago I used to get that feeling in yarn shops. I applaud you for sticking with what you love.

  16. I’m fairly evenly split between knit and crochet. The hand muscles are used differently. Keeps the dreaded carpal tunnel to a minimum.

    1. That’s a good point!

  17. I can crochet right or left handed and often make things without turning my work in crochet, i just switch hands and go the other way! But knitting i can only do left handed, and have been told the way i do it is wrong, but my stitches are perfect. So people should do things the way it works for them, and makes them happy.

    1. I’m not sure there is “wrong” in knit or crochet, although I’m sure the method you use affects the way the fabric looks slightly. Sometimes I wonder whether certain techniques might be making it harder on ourselves, but I figure that’s up to the maker to work through. And if it works, it works!

      1. My belief is that there isn’t a wrong way to knit or crochet. There is only the way that works *for you*. I’m 65 now, and my nan taught me the basics of knitting when I was four. Later on, I wanted to learn to knit in the round, my mum said, “You’ve seen me do it, you’ve seen your Nan so it, go and figure it out for yourself.,” She knew even then that I was an experiential learner, and I had a pot of fun figuring how to manage all those needles.

        I learnt to crochet when I was twelve, but nobody told me that there was a difference between British terminology, which was what I knew, and American terms. So now I can crochet from patterns using either terminology

        As to which craft I prefer, it depends. I love making lace, so I also learnt to that. I would love to get my hands on a shuttle large enough to use yarn with, and experiment adding tatted elements to knit and crochet. I think it would be so much fun! I like knitting for small items, like socks and gloves, and crochet for sweaters andblankets.i also live making doilies and snowflakes from thread.

        There’s so much to learn! My sister thinks I should learn to use a sewing machine. All in good time, dear. I’d like to do more teaching as well. Making fabric was one if the first things we learnt to do as we created civilisation. It still fills a great need within many people to create, to wear our own creations, or to share our love for others by keeping them warm. One of my nephew’s said he loved wearing the sweaters I knit for him, because it was like “wearing a hug”. We can’t ask more from our crafts than that.

        1. I love that so many of us do so many fibre crafts, I totally will learn knitting one day.

  18. Did you know that a machine can do knitting but, a machine can’t crochet? So yes crocheting is very unique.
    I have been crocheting for 19 years and I love it. Some hard things in crochet I would like to expand my learning on making clothes.
    I have made hats, afghans, scarfs
    I also cross stitch, paint, pottery, scrap booking. anything creative.
    I have done some knitting I can do the knit stitch really well. Purl stitch was really difficult for me. But I plan on expanding my knowledge of learning to knit more. I want to learn how to knit socks, sweaters.

    1. Very good point, anything crocheted is done by hand. No machine crochets! It’s special that way for sure.

  19. I’m 62 and learned to crochet when I was 6. As I got older people told me that knitting was easier as there were only two stitches to learn. HA! I taught myself to knit about 10 years ago and there is so much more to it than knitting and purling! I’m glad I’m now bi-stitual but will always feel more comfortable crocheting.

    1. Yeah, I don’t believe it’s easier for a second! Just as fun, sure, but not easier.

  20. My knitting journey is similar to yours, I “learned to knit” barely when I was grounded and found some bamboo skewers hahaha. If you’re planning on exploring mosaic crochet I recommend patterns and tutorials by sixel, they’ve got thee best Halloween mosaic patterns. Happy crafting 🙂

    1. Thanks, I’ll look them up!

  21. I learned to knit at age 9 from an elderly babysitter—she would care for my 2 younger sisters & I when our parents were at their Bridge night. I think she was desperate for a way to keep us occupied & minimize our exuberance! She taught my sisters “spool knitting”–they were thrilled with the long cattails they could make. She gave me my first pair of straight needles (I still have & use them). I was in 7th heaven! At age 12, I learned to crochet–it was 1970 & granny square anything was beyond cool! Over the years I have continued to crochet & knit. Oftentimes I combine the two in my projects. Picking one over the other would be like choosing a favorite child—just impossible! In my book, anyone being snobby about one art form over the other is simply demonstrating their own insecurities. Over the years, I’ve put my hands to tatting, spinning, weaving, macrame, various types of embroidery & so on. I love it all! These are amazing & beautiful art forms that should be celebrated & promoted…don’t be afraid to try different skills. I truly believe that what I have learned from each has helped grow my skills & creativity.

    1. Absolutely agree with what you have said! I want to learn a few other crafts myself and hope I can someday. Thanks so much for your input.

  22. Continental! Learn on YouTube!

    1. For sure Youtube will teach us 😀

  23. I could have wrote this article! Your thoughts are my thoughts! I learned to crochet when I was very young by my grandmother. She of course, didn’t know many stitches, and it was mostly edging on pillowcases and things like that as I got older, I bought books of patterns and taught myself new stitches. I have always wanted to learn to knit. When I retired, I bought a beautiful set of knitting needles, but have not taken the time to learn the skill. I can cast on I can pearl and knit that if I drop a stitch, I am in real trouble. I just feel more confident crocheting someday maybe! Lol.

    1. There’s always some day!

  24. I learned to crochet when I was 4 or 5. Except for grannie squares and slippers, I don’t think I made any thing else. I learned to knit in my teens, I made a sweater for a friend, thats it. I did crochet berets. Then nada for for about 35 years. Started to knit again. Went Gang Busters and now own an obscene stash. I also discovered how both Crochet and knitting designs have evolved. Retired, I have had to designate no-needle work days so I can get some housework done. I still mostly knit, but also Crochet also. I am embarking on a 6 month Crochet flower blanket class out of the UK. I am sure It will be longer than 6 months.
    Do what you are happy doing.Do what is comfortable for you. If you see a pattern in knitting, give it a try.
    As for ways to knit, Continental and English/American are but two ways to knit, there are others such as Portuguese. I generally knit continental but knit english also and do both at the same time when doing colorwork. There are also many variations of each style, mostly the way you hold the yarn. I look at how some folks hold the yarn and I cringe because it looks painful, but if it works for them who am I to Judge. I knit in the Norwegian Style. The knit stitch is the same as always, but I switched to the Norwegian purl about a year ago to correct my tension. After knitting for over 30 years, I made a huge change it is so worth it. Check out Arne and Carlos on Youtube.com. If you chose to knit, learn a style for you or continue to Crochet and have fun.

    1. I had heard of Portuguese knitting as well! So interesting. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  25. I greatly prefer how knitting looks compared to crochet. But I find knitting to be more finicky and not as easy to correct mistakes, so for that reason, especially if I’m at a time crunch, I will use a crochet pattern. I usually make things for gifts and often I procrastinate so speed is of the essence. 😘

    1. I love the look of knit myself, so I should learn to knit.

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