For anyone who crochets, there is a thing that happens with some frequency, and by some frequency, I mean all the diggity damn time. People approach the crocheter, eyes wide, and say (drumroll), “What are you knitting?”
Is this really a big deal? Um. Well. I suppose it depends on your definition of a big deal. It’s certainly not a natural disaster, an economic meltdown, or mustard on your sandwich after you told the woman five times JUST MAYONNAISE. And a baby kitten’s soul. (Meow. So delicious.)
That said, golf is not croquet. A banjo is not a guitar. Racquetball is not tennis. Those differences all matter, and this one does, too.
Since we all like knowing things that matter, here are two easy ways to differentiate crocheting from knitting:
1. Knitting uses two long needles (and sometimes up to five).
Crocheting uses one hook.
I even have a mnemonic device for you! The “O” in crochet stands for one. The Ts in knitting stand for two. One vs. two. Bam. Look at you knowing the difference. Now you can walk up to someone using ONE hook and think, one – o – crochet! And you can walk up to someone using two needles and say two – two Ts – knitting!
2. If you know what you’re looking for, crocheting and knitting look quite different.
At their most basic, crocheted stitches are more or less knots, tied over and over and over with the same piece of string.
Knitted stitches, meanwhile, look like Vs.
If you can’t see the Vs in the brown, look at the Vs in the N, G, and E.
Here’s a trickier example you can use to test yourself. (Hint: Look at the very top row, closest to the chin. Do you see knots? Or do you see Vs?)
If you said knots, you’re right!
And honestly, that’s it! If you know that crocheting has an “O” for one while knitting has “Ts” for two, you are halfway home. If you can also tell the knots from the Vs, you are every crocheter’s new best friend!