The "Knook" is a needlework tool manufactured by Leisure Arts. It looks like a crochet hook but differs from a traditional crochet hook in that it has a small hole at one end of the hook. The hole is intended to accommodate a cord, which is threaded through the hole. The cord is a necessary and integral part of the Knooking process.
What's in the Knook Beginner Kit?
The beginner's kit includes 3 Knook tools -- sizes G - 6 (4.0 mm,) H -8 (5.0 mm,) and I - 9 (5.5 mm.) There are also 3 silky cords and a little instruction booklet that also has four beginner-friendly Knooking patterns.
The Knook Instruction and Pattern Booklet
A small 32-page instruction booklet comes with the Knook Beginner Set. The booklet includes:
- Instructions for Knooking; it includes instructions, with pictures, for both right-handed and left-handed people.
- Infinity scarf / infinity cowl pattern. This is one pattern you could make two different ways; you just change the finishing a bit if you want a cowl instead of a traditional long scarf. The scarf is worked in garter stitch.
- A washcloth pattern. They call it a "spa cloth."
- A baby blanket pattern. This is made in a lovely textured basketweave stitch.
- Diamond lap throw pattern. This throw features textured diamond motifs.
The book includes many color photographs which are clear and helpful. They illustrate the technique well.
The Knooking Technique
To prep the Knook, you're supposed to put one of the cords through the little hole at the end of the hook.
The first time I tried Knooking, I had a hard time doing this; the cord just didn't want to go through the little hole. Yikes. It took me several attempts, but I finally got it through.
Later, after having a bit more experience with the Knook, I can better appreciate that the cord needs to fit snugly into the hole, so once it's set up, the tight fit is beneficial.
The next step is to work a starting chain. It's basically the same process that a crocheter would be familiar with.
From there on out, it's a different process. Holding the hook upside down, you pick up stitches. After you have finished that, then you transfer the stitches onto the cord and turn the work over. Then you work the stitches, transferring each stitch onto the Knook as you go. It's a process that isn't quite knitting, and it isn't quite crocheting, although it has similarities to both techniques.
The end result is a fabric that is definitely knitted. The fabric you end up with has the look, feel, texture and drape of a weft knitted fabric. Structurally, the fabrics you create with this tool are knitted.
My Experiences With Knooking
I'm both a crocheter and a knitter, although these days I don't do much hand knitting.
Since I already know how to knit with two knitting needles, I found this technique to be a little awkward in comparison to knitting. (And since I also machine knit, it's definitely awkward compared to that.)
However, when I originally learned how to hand knit, it took me a long time and a lot of struggling. For me, learning how to Knook was easy in comparison.
The Knook has its downsides.
One of them is that there's a cord in your way every time you're trying to make a stitch. I'm still new to this technique, and there's a learning curve. I am hopeful that the technique will get easier with practice. Maybe, with practice, the cord won't be bothersome.
For those who are already knitting successfully, I don't think this tool is a must-have item.
However, for anyone who is interested in combining the two techniques -- knitting and crochet -- in the same project, the Knook could be a convenient tool. It is handy to be able to switch between Knooking and traditional crochet to create hybrid projects without having to switch back and forth between needles and hooks.
I think the Knook will appeal most to people who have tried to learn how to knit but have given up in frustration. For that group, I think it's definitely worth considering this set.
I think the Knook Beginner Set is a good value for the money. I am satisfied with the quality of the tools, and with the instructions I received. I'm happy to recommend this product to crafters who are not already comfortable with knitting using the previously existing methods.
For those who need a lot of help getting started with a new craft such as this, there are plenty of additional resources available.
Want more information about Knooking? Here's where to get it:
Free Knooking Patterns:
- Ear warmer posted at the Leisure Arts website
- Sampler scarf -- posted at the Leisure Arts website
- Drink cozies -- posted at the Leisure Arts website
- Knook piggy pattern posted as a free download at the Ravelry website
- Knooked hat, crown down posted at the Knooking blog
- Knooked granny square -- A hybrid pattern that combines knooking with crochet -- posted at the Knooking blog
Free Instructions for Knooking Stitches:
- Knooked bobbles -- posted at the Knooking blog