Have you given up on ever learning to knit? I have tried to learn to knit numerous times in the past – but as a long-time crocheter, I just couldn’t quite get the hang of the needles. I couldn’t seem to keep the yarn from slipping off the needles. So when I learned about the Knook, I was intrigued. Unlike regular knitting needles which easily allow the stitches to slip off, the Knook has a hook which keeps your stitches in place. The Knook Knitting Kit will have you knitting and purling like a pro in no time.
I mastered crocheting when I was a little girl, but knitting is something I have never been able to grasp. Stitches slip off the needles constantly and I just can’t seem to get how to switch back and forth between knitting and purling. Also, going into a stitch from left to right is ackward for me. Consequently, I knitted very slowly. So no matter how many times I tried to knit, I always ended up back with crochet. That is… until I found the Knook.
The Knook is a novel knitting tool/crochet hook that was recently released by Leisure Arts. The novel design eliminates the complaints I had with knitting. As an added benefit, it allows you to combine knit and crochet in the same project for even more versatility. As with any new skill, there is a learning curve. However, after playing around with it for a couple of days, I was good to go. Better tension control and technique will come with time and practice. However, I am happy with my new tool. It opens a whole new world of patterns up to me!
The Knook Knitting Kit Review
A crocheter’s experience with learning to use the Knook
I was so excited to get started with the Knook Knitting Kit. The kit comes with 3 hooks, 3 cords, an instruction manual, and 4 patterns to get you started. I love the look of knit and the Knook seemed to be the answer to all the problems I encountered on previous knitting attempts. So I got cozy on the couch and attempted to learn from the book. The book is great but I quickly discovered that I learn better if I see someone do it. Fortunately the makers of the Knook, Leisure Arts, have some great videos online.
By watching a couple of their Knook instructional videos, I was able to get the hang of it quickly. I decided to make a scarf for my daughter’s doll. It didn’t take me all that long. However, when I finished, it didn’t quite look like knitting. Plus since I was a newbie, my tension wasn’t all that great, so it looked a bit uneven.
The instructions in both the book that comes with the Knook Knitting Kit and the online videos state that you have to hold the hook differently than you do in crochet. I disregarded this and that is why my stitches look twisted in my first attempt (the red scarf). I re-read the instructions and watched the video again and realized I was pulling the yarn through like a crocheter does. So when I made a simple adjustment to my technique, I was able to produce the second scarf which looks like it should.
So the moral of the story here is read the Knook instructions carefully before getting started, especially if you are a crocheter.
After I learned the correct technique, I found that I quickly got into a rhythm. Knitting with the Knook isn’t any harder than crocheting, and in my opinion is much easier than knitting with needles. I have seen comments that people who already knit may find dealing with the cord tedious. However others have also said that tricky stitches, where the yarn is likely to slip off the needle, are much easier using the Knook.
All in all, I am pleased with the Knook Knitting Kit. The instruction book included 4 simple patterns. I am planning on practicing some more by making a simple doll sweater.
Knook Instructional Video (for Right-Handed Crafters) – For all of you visual learners out there!
Sometimes it is easier to learn a new skill if you can see it in action. Although the instructions included with the Knook Kit were clear and easy to follow, I found that myself wishing to see someone actually using the Knook to knit. Fortunately Leisure Arts has several videos on YouTube to demonstrate Knook knitting techniques. Here is a video that will help you get started knitting with your Knook if you are right-handed.
Knook Instructional Video (for Left-Handed Crafters) – Lefties can use the Knook too!
Here is a video that will help you get started knitting with your Knook if you are left-handed.
My First Knook Project – A simple scarf for my daughter’s American Girl Doll.
For my first simple project, I decided to create a simple knitted scarf for my youngest daughter’s American Girl doll. I figured it would help me learn to control my tension and would be great practice for the basic knitting stitch. Since I used only the knit stitch, I didn’t have any issues with rolling. I was able to finish the scarf in a couple of hours while I was watching tv. This Knook project would be a great way to teach your daughter or granddaughter to learn to knit.
- Ch 6
- Pick up 5 sts on foundation chain (6 sts)
- Knit across
- Repeat until scarf is desired length. Mine is approx. 22 inches long.
- Bind off all sts in knit.
- Finish your scarf with fringe if desired. I used 10 – 4 inch strands per side