Athlyn Green is an avid crocheter and knitter. She designs and sells handcrafted goods.
Are You Ready to Start Knooking?
Why Use a Knook?
If you've always wanted to knit, but like the ease of crochet, you can now do both, using a knook--a handy hook that replaces knitting needles and creates knitted fabric.
Knooking is an Innovative Method of Knitting With a Crochet Hook
Believed to have originated in Japan, knooking has been said to be the new style of knitting, using a specially designed crochet hook to produce actual knitted fabric.
While knitting is a time-honored and great method to produce soft fabric, perfect for sweaters and many other items, certain challenges can be encountered, such as stitches sliding off of knitting needles and dropped stitches. Now, granted, both of these problems can be addressed and while many knitters prefer knitting to crocheting and don't bat an eye, for others, while they prefer the look of knitted fabric, they also prefer the ease of crochet. They know that if they drop a stitch or have to pull something back, this is much easier to rectify.
Each method has it's pros and cons, which I discuss in my article: Knit or Crochet? How Knitting and Crocheting Differ, such as why crochet produces stiffer fabric, while knitting produces softer fabric.
The knook is truly a blending of both crochet and knit and helps you to produce knitted fabric without the worry of dropping stitches. Now, most would agree that you can't just knit with a crochet hook or you would face the same problem of your stitches sliding off the end of the hook, so how does a knook differ?
Knooking is knitting with a hook, hence the word "knook."
What is a Knook and How Does One Use it?
- A knook is hooked on one end like a standard crochet hook, but the other end is holed, allowing for the threading through of a cord.
- This is somewhat similar to circular knitting needles that are attached to each other via a cord.
- As a person "knooks," they slide their stitches onto the cord after completion of each row. Then they turn their work and work back across the row.
- With the knook, the cord takes the place of a knitting needle and allows for production of knitted fabric.
What an innovative idea! At last! A crochet hook designed so that a crocheter can actually knit with it.
Classic Knitted V-Shaped Stitches Produced With a Knook
See Knooking in Action
The video bleow demystifies the knooking process and shows how easy it can be to produce fabric using this method. If you can't really picture how knooking actually works, once you see the video, the process should become clearer. It is much like crocheting but you move your yarn, as you do when knitting.
How to Knook
What's in a Knook Kit?
If you want to try your hand at knooking, it is much easier to get a knooking kit, rather than trying to hunt up the supplies you'll need to get started. Kits contains an assortment of:
- Knooks in different sizes
- Cord clips
- Yarn needles
- A how-to book with step-by-step beginner instructions and projects
Kits may vary, so it's a good idea to check product descriptions before buying.
Names for Nook Hooks
If you have most of the supplies on hand and just want knook-hooks, you can find them by looking for:
- Super Miracle Needle (Japanese)
- Amazing Needle (American)
- Magic Needle
You'd Never Guess
One would never guess that the mug cozy shown in the photo below wasn't knitted and yet it was produced with a knook.
Knooked Mug Cozy
Free how-to videos and patterns can be found at LeisureArts.
Why Try Knooking?
- Knooking is easy to learn. One can be knooking in minutes.
- Die-hard crocheters can achieve the look of knitted garments, without ever having to learn how to knit, if they decide that knitting is not something they wish to learn and master.
- One hook is used instead of two needles.
- Knooking is a fail-proof method, whereby a cord ensures no dropped stitches.
- It is easier to correct mistakes in knooked work and it can easily be pulled back.
Isn't Knooking Like Tunisian Crochet?
While similar to Tunisian crochet in that stitches are worked strung out along a crochet hook, with knooking, it is how you work each stitch and position of your yarn--so in this way, it is closer to knitting.
Garter and Stockinette Stitch
What Can You Make With Knooking?
A good beginner project is knooked dishcloths.
Knitted dishcloths have long been a favorite for their absorbency and because the texture of knitted fabric is well-suited for cleaning.
Knooked dishcloths are a perfect compromise for crocheters who don't know how to knit but who prefer the knitted cloths.
What Can be Made From Knooking?
What About Stitches?
You can also produce the standard knit and purl stitches and some other lovely-looking stitches with knooking. Such as:
- crossed stockinette stitch
- puffed stitches
While knooking may be prefered by crocheters who do not care to learn how to knit, as with both knitting and crocheting, knooking is better suited for some projects, while not as suited for others. For sweaters or for projects where you will be producing lots of fabric, knitting or crocheting might be the better choice; for smaller projects, knooking might serve very well.
A Blend of Two Methods
Using knooking to produce fabric yields material with the knitted look and the softer texture but produced with the ease of crocheting. Knooking takes slightly longer than crocheting but is quicker than knitting, so this it truly is a blend of both crafting methods.
© 2012 Athlyn Green
Mum Mum on January 27, 2012:
FINALLY .....left handed instructions are available
Athlyn Green (author) from West Kootenays on January 07, 2012:
Yes, knitting and crocheting are practical crafts that would stand both males and females in good stead. Knowing how to make warm clothing, curtains, blankets, bags, etc. is an important skill--especially as times get harder and resources tighten. So many useful items can be created by hand which can really save on costs. I recently made a large round crocheted rug, then used a cross-stitch pattern to sew roses on it. It looks great and cost a fraction of what it would have, if I had tried to purchase such a rug from a store.
I learned how to crochet when I was young and am so glad I learned how back then. I've also made knitted items but find knitting somewhat harder--possibly because I haven't done enough of it to become comfortable with it. Like you, I tend to revert to my trusty crochet hook.
BkCreative from Brooklyn, New York City on January 07, 2012:
Great! This would work so well for me! I love the look of a knitted item but hate working with two needles so I always go back to crochet.
I will certainly look into this and bookmark it in the meantime. Thanks a million.
By the way, when I taught English in S. Korea, I remember 3rd graders being taught how to knit (with a circular needle) a scarf for winter. The boys loved it as much as the girls. Certainly wish in the US we would include useful craft lessons like this in the curriculum.
Rated way up and more! Yay!
Athlyn Green (author) from West Kootenays on January 06, 2012:
Thanks for sharing. I had a cousin who used to make himself great-looking knitted sweaters. He did a fabulous job and he said they were so warm and wore very well.
Crocheting, knitting and knooking are good methods to produce fabric or handmade items. It's encouraging to see more males learning these crafts.
Dale Hyde from Tropical Paradise on Planet X on January 05, 2012:
A new one for me! Years (and I mean many years)ago, the aunt I was living with taught me how to knit. I remember all the potholders I gave one Christmas to kinfolks, lol. I have since lost the ability to knit simply because it was many years ago. This concept with the video is unique, and I always appreciate such information! Well done!
hecate-horus from Rowland Woods on January 05, 2012:
Wow, never heard of this! I'm a crocheter myself, maybe I'll give this a try. Thanks, and voted up!
Wheels2sticks from Phoenix, AZ on January 05, 2012:
Thanks for demonstrating, you did a nice job. I think I'll be sticking to traditional knitting. I could see where this would be a good introduction to knitting or crochet for children.
Athlyn Green (author) from West Kootenays on January 05, 2012:
Yes, knooking seems to be the perfect coupling of both crafts, offering the advantages of each.
Kimberly Schimmel from North Carolina, USA on January 05, 2012:
Interesting, but I know the hook would slow me down. I like to fly with my addi turbos!
Helena Reimer on January 05, 2012:
Never heard of this before, but it looks pretty neat. I bet it would be a lot easier both for knitting and crochet beginners. Thanks for sharing.
RTalloni on January 05, 2012:
So interesting with a great instructional video from an honest perspective on this new craft.