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We know what you are thinking, while you're surveying your ball of yarn with the air of one who is studying his enemy, having fallen prey to a blend of challenge and admiration.

You are thinking about the choice of weapon. You have the typical expression of one who hasn't made up his mind as to whether he should choose the sabre or the sword. And, as a matter of fact, even here the choice lies "generally speaking" between the needles for knitting and the hook for that which, with great creative effort, is typically defined as crochet work.

From a typically aesthetic point of view, a crochet hook is nothing more than a type of small stick with a hook at one end ( imagine that! ) which has the task of hooking and guiding the thread. If you have just bought it and are already furious for what appears to be a manufacturing defect, calm down and spare yourself the embarrassment that would surely ensue should you return it to the store: the one who invented it (the crochet hook) factored in the flattened shape in the center to ensure a better grip.

Now you are asking yourself if the ball of yarn you have in front of you is suitable for your shiny crochet hook. You will be happy to know that practically any yarn may be prey to your hook. Since you are incurably inquisitive, you may also want to know the difference between knitting and crochet.

Let's begin with the tools. Unless you have very poor eyesight or an impaired tactile sensibility, there should be no doubts as to the "gender" distinctions between knitting needles and crochet! Let's admit it: they are rather different

Another difference is the number: where in knitting you typically use two needles, crochet is a more independent soul and uses only one tool. This is because, while in the first case an entire row of stitches remains "in a way alive", in the second instance you work with only one stitch at a time.

In knitting, each stitch is held in place by the corresponding stitch of the row above and, in turn, holds in place the corresponding stitch of the next row. In crochet, each stitch is held in place and holds up only the stitches on either side.

Both the person who chooses knitting, as well as the one who is instead captivated by crochet may create circular or cylindrical shapes. However, the crochet addicts (it's not a boy band) have the option of doing so with a normal tool, whereas one who dives into knitting will have to befriend oddly-shaped needles which defy the laws of physics begotten by an unstable mind.

There are many other differences. But for now you need know only one important thing: crochet work is decidedly faster than knitting!