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  • Knook


    This week I learned how to use a Knook. I used the Knook for Kids kit by Leisure Arts and followed the instructions. I have to admit that I turned my nose up at learning how to Knook. I have knitted for almost 20 years and crocheted for about 5 years. Why do I need to learn how to Knook? I asked myself. Because you like to learn new things and challenge yourself is what I thought. So I gave it a go and I found that I liked using a Knook. I found the instructions to be very easy to follow. I even watched a video from the website that the book has - to make sure I had a full understanding.

    To practice my new Knooking skills, I Knooked three swatches: a garter stitch swatch which is just a knit stitch; a stockinette stitch swatch which is knit a row, purl a row; and, a rib stitch swatch which is knit two, purl two. The three swatches will make perfect coasters. I always need something to set my drinks on; my poor coffee table has several rings on it. They also make great little gifts that don’t take very long to knit up. Challenge yourself and learn something new this week.

    left garter stitch, middle stockinette stitch, and right rib stitch left garter stitch, middle stockinette stitch, and right rib stitch
  • Knooks, Videos, and Tangents


    A few months ago, my husband thought he would try to help me out with some of the craft projects I do for this blog.  He didn't think he was up to crocheting, so he went for the Knook.  The plan was that he would try it out while I was away at work, and then I could help him with any confusion.  We were pretty certain that he would get pretty confused and I would probably have a post's worth of humor and silliness.

    When I came home that evening, he told me he didn't get as far as he had hoped.  "I ran out of string" he said.


    Let me be clear: I had left him with several Knook pattern books, all of which have detailed explanations on how to use the Knook.  These explanations all have pictures.  When I made him a pile of Knook-related materials next to some yarn and Knooks, I was very careful to place Learn to Knook on the very top.

    Let me be extra clear (in case you have never used a Knook, or you are just trying to give this poor man the benefit of a doubt): the string to which he referred was, in fact, the string attached to the end of the Knook.  The string you use to hold your active stitches.

    For the record, here's what you do with the string:

    And here's how you get started:

    I was never quite able to figure out what he had tried to do with the Knook and the string, but I did manage to explain to him what it was for.  He then decided that Knooking was not for him because I was making things too complicated.


    Whatever, it's his loss.  I'm not sure why I was thinking about that lately, but I was. And even though my husband didn't appreciate me bringing it up, I got a few laughs out of the memory.

    But to be fair, any kind of craft can be hard to understand at first--both in terms of technique and motivation.  But for people who enjoy making things, learning something new is definitely worth the initial confusion and frustration.  It's still interesting and satisfying to try out something different, even when some attempts don't work as well as others (looking at you, Tunisian crochet).

    Knooking will probably never be as fun for me as knitting and crochet are, but it's okay to have favorites and it was super fascinating to learn how to do it.   Other people love their Knooks and it always makes me happy to see Ravelry users or bloggers freaking out over how much they like Knooking and showing pictures of their projects.

    Once you get the hang of it, you can adapt any knitting pattern to your Knooking.  And then I guess you can take over the world!  There are several video tutorials on the Leisure Arts YouTube channel, and even more (in HD!) on their video page.   It's a fun thing to try out, if you haven't already.  The weekend looms large and is full of promise.  I say go for it.

    I mean, I don't say that to my husband but hey.  Give something new a try!  Anything!  And have fun.



  • Knooking the Mock Cable Dishcloth

    I haven't made a dishcloth with a Knook in forever, but I'm glad I tried out the Mock Cable pattern from Dishcloths Made with a Knook to get back in the swing of things.  Yay!

    The mock cables are made by working a twist, and that twist is made by skipping a stitch, knitting the next stitch, and then knitting your skipped stitch.  Then ta da!  A teeny tiny cable.  A mock cable.  It makes a lovely cable-y pattern.


    I like how the 'wrong' side of the dishcloth looks as well.

    This is a fun and simple pattern that makes a really lovely dishcloth.  I like it so much that I think I'd like to try it with knittings and see how my knitting gauge differs from my Knooking gauge.  I used a 4.5mm Knook, which would be a Size 7 knitting needle (that's in between a G and an H hook size in crochet hooks). Knitting is a little easier for me because it's what I'm used to and I've had a lot more knitting hours than Knooking hours, and I think it would be neat to see the two dishcloths made with different needles set out side by side.

    I'm not sure why I put off making this dishcloth for so long.  It's a really great addition to my gift stash, and this was a pretty easy pattern to follow.

    I know it looks a little warped.   But you know what blocks out a dishcloth just fine? Using it.

    As a bonus to all that fun, I used a newer Knook made of plastic.  It's really flexible, which I didn't really think I'd like but I really do.  Really.  It's weird, but quite handy.

    So yay for the new types of Knooks!  And yay for the Mock Cable pattern!  Dishcloths Made with the Knook has a few more patterns I'd like to try out.

    I've got my eye on this Sunny pattern and I think I'll make that in the next few weeks.

    In conclusion, yay!

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