I’ve been asking what puts people off making garments in crochet a lot lately because I was researching a class about making crochet wearable and wanted to make sure I covered all the niggles. (I have.There are officially no more excuses for not crocheting yourself a cardigan!)
But one comment keeps cropping up again and again. Crochet uses WAY more yarn.
I’ve made a fair few cardigans now, crochet and knitted and because they are all different styles it wasn’t possible to do a direct comparison but I had my suspicions. So, because I am dedicated to my craft and love my dear readers, I decided to test the theory out properly.
I made 5 swatches using the same yarn(Milla Mia 50g gives 125m) and the needle or hook size that I would normally use to make a sweater with (4mm knitting needles and a *5mm crochet hook) each swatch measures 11cm by 9cm (supposed to be 10cm squares but I made the first one a little wide and short so had to do the same for the rest. I am not really a proper scientist!)
*I always go up a hook size to the suggested needle size for garments because otherwise the fabric is too stiff for clothing IMHO.
Swatch 2 is knitted garter stitch (knit every row) and weighs 7g so uses around 17.5m
Swatch 3 is double crochet (US single crochet) and weighs 7g so uses around 17.5m
Swatch 4 is treble crochet (US double crochet) and weighs 6g so uses around 15m
Swatch 5 is half treble crochet (US half double crochet) and weighs 6g so uses around 15m
Obviously there is a margin or error as my scales are only sensitive to the nearest gram but you can see that crochet uses a little more than stocking stitch but the taller stitches use less than garter stitch.
Lets extrapolate the results out to a simple sweater made for a 100cm bust
Stocking Stitch 9 balls
Garter Stitch 12 balls
Double Crochet 12 balls
Treble Crochet 10 balls
Half Treble Crochet 10 balls
So, in conclusion, it definitely is not true to say that crochet uses WAY more yarn than knitting. It may use a little more, than knitting in stocking stitch but only a little bit more. Myth debunked.
I confirmed my feelings on the subject but what did surprise me a little was how different the nature of the fabric is and it led me onto another conclusion. But more on that another day…
Do the results surprise you?