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How does crochet differ from knitting?

How does crochet differ from knitting?

Although we can use the term knitwear to the end products of both crocheting and knitting, these two processes differ significantly. Crochet products can also be close in appearance to those produced by knitting. However, the technique of crocheting differs from knitting in several respects.

During the crocheting process only one stitch is active (one loop; overlooking the Tunisian technique) in contrast to knitting, where all the stitches in a row remain active.

In knitting, each stitch is held in by the respective stitch on the row above it while simultaneously holding in the stitch below it. The crocheting method results in the stitches being held in by (and which they hold in themselves) the loops at the side. Knitwear created in this way is decidedly less prone to unraveling and is easier to repair should any flaw occur in its production.

The crocheting technique allows one to add stitches anywhere on the crochet piece, thanks to which it’s possible to create intricate, interesting and three-dimensional forms without the use of special tools. In order to knit a three-dimensional shape, you need circular knitting needles or several double-sided straight ones – in crochet you only need one standard crochet hook.

A stitch in a piece of crochet is longer than one in a piece of knitting; in crochet, about a third more yarn is used than in knitting.

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