I learned to crochet purely because of "Stitch n' Bitch: The Happy Hooker." If that book didn't exist, I have a feeling that I wouldn't have ever learned to crochet. But that book does exist and now I'm hooked (no pun intended)! Personally, I think crocheting if far easier than knitting. It's easier to manipulate the yarn into the shape that you want. I haven't really crocheted much, just small sample things and a baby blanket for a former teacher of mine, but I'm just getting started!