I found the Knook to be easy to use. A bit confusing to the 1 child I am teaching to use it, but another one caught on in no time at all. I am sure this product will become a great asset for my teaching to an Autistic child. I will not give up trying and I know he wont either. Thank you for this wonderful idea. Knitting and crocheting are a passion I am thrilled with and this makes it easy for my grandchildren to do both at the same time.. I have 3 grandchildren very much interested in both crafts. This kills 2 birds with one stone.. Thank you so much.
Have started making a scarf with the Knook. Garter stitch going well. Have not mastered purling stitch, as yet, but will. Have been asked by members of my quilting and knitting groups what I have been working with and showed them the Knook package I received. They were interested. Suggested they look in up on-line to learn how to use the product. Like it!
If you struggle with knitting, prefer loom knitting versus needles, or you can crochet and have not sucessfully learned knitting, buy this! I personaly am much more comfortable with a hook and the knook allows me to have my cake and eat it too.
First and foremost this type of knitting has a wonderful drape to it that you will not find in traditional knitting methods and it works in a way that is very comfortable for weavers and crocheters.
What you are basically doing is casting on as if you were about to start Tunesian Crochet. Then you simply knit each stitch individually along the cord attached to the hook in much the same way as traditional knitting. The only differences being that you are using a crochet hook instead of a knitting needle, and that your stitches will be picked up along the crochet hook and the attached cord.
At the end of each row you push the knitting down off the hook and onto the cord - there should now be two rows of cord in your knitting. The next step is to pull the bottom portion of the cord out of the knitting and not move the top portion of the cord or else you will loose the stitches you just knit hence unraveling your work. Turn your work over and start your next row as if you were going to crochet with the cord in front of your yarn. This way you are knitting and not purling.
If you have had your stitches fall off the cord then your cord is too short and you need a longer piece of it. Preferably I like to have 12 inches of cord hang along the left side of my work (I'm right handed). I found out the hard way that if I don't give myself 12 inches that I will run out of cord before I finish my row and loose my stitches.
When I couldn't see my stitches it was because they were too tight, and I wasn't using a big enough crochet hook. (I'm really lucky that I have relatives who knit and crochet that straightened me out on this.) They told me to pull the cord straight and then dig my hook into the loop going directly over the cord, complete that row and then switch to a bigger hook.
Don't worry about dropping stitches. It's much easier to fix your mistakes with this then with traditional knitting. If you drop a stitch you just pick it back up on the next row. If you decide to take your work off the cord and rip out the mistake, when you're done you just thread the cord into a needle and run it back through the loops. -- This product is a big plus for klutzy knitters. I love it.
I bought this product with my daughters in mind. They want to knit like mommy, but they couldn't maneuver the two needles. This makes it possible for them to truly knit. I don't like the reviews by "knitting snobs" that dismiss this product because they think "real" knitting is easier/better. As knitters we should embrace anyone who wants to join the club, whatever method they choose to employ.
I wasn't sure what this was going to be, I was excited to find out- once you get going, this is really cool. you can knit without knitting. I have no patience for knitting so... When I have more time Im going to try other patterns and stitches and alter them for the knook. The ONLY thing I didnt really like about this product was a wooden hook, personal issues make the sound a bit iffy at first, but when the hook gets warn...
I’m a total crochet addict, who has failed multiple times at mastering the art of using two needles. As the daughter of an expert knitter, this has always really bothered me -- but there it is, I just don’t like using knitting needles.
My basic knook set arrived in the mail a week ago, and I took to it like a duck to water. Hurrah! Knit patterns, here I come!