Knowing how to work in the round is essential, and this is coming from someone who once took a three-hour Nap of Despair when I discovered that knitting in the round would almost always call for double pointed needles if you were making a hat. I've learned how to use DPNs since then, and they're not terrible.
But I do really, really, and I mean really see the appeal of working in the round with the Knook. No dropped stitches, no switching out needles, and the Knook you use for making a scarf is the same as for a hat so you don't need to extra sets of needles! I find myself falling a little more in love with this weird little hook every day. I'm not joking.
Knitting will probably always be my yarncraft activity of choice, but please see how simple Knooking in the round is. Seriously, watch this:
See?! How great would it be to use this for something small? Like a baby hat! They're so tiny! And the yarn is slippery and soft, so the needles just fly out of the stitches and roll away somewhere! (Stop laughing, you smug crocheters.) I have babies on the brain because firstly, there is one living in my house and she'll actually wear hats. I have to take advantage of this while I can. Secondly, I happen to know a lot of expectant people and if there's anything I've learned about gift-giving, it's that people love little bitty baby things.
|Do you have any idea what kind of squeals and chest-clutching this hat would cause at a baby shower?|
Oh right, I just remembered that grown-ups have heads, too. So there are also adult hats! Or coffee cozies! Or the sleeves on a baby sweater because I hate doing those for some reason! Or! Or! Make up your own. If you can work in the round, you can do A LOT of things.
You should feel proud! Working in the round is something a lot of people see and say, "Oh, that looks too complicated," and that's too bad. Knitting in the round is actually a favorite activity for some crafters, and Knooking in the round is even simpler. Once you get the hang of it, and I know you will, it's fine and you'll be able to make lots of wonderful things.
Like those little bitty baby hats. If you'll excuse me, I have some patterns to look over now....
(......dies from cute.)