By Knook Or Crook, Is It A Hook?

Since the release of the much advertised Knook, there has been discussion in the crochet community as to whether Knook is a form of crochet.  This is not really a new issue.  It is just new to some of us.  A tool, by several names, like the Knook has been around for a long time.  You might enjoy an article I wrote about the Amazing Needle class I took at the Crochet Renaissance in 2001.

Amazing Needle with leather thong attached
Here’s a look at the ‘new’ Leisure Arts version of the Knook.

Leisure Arts Knook Kit

While I’m no expert in all forms of crochet – and certainly not in knit – I can attest to the fact that, while the Amazing Needle can be used to crochet and feels like a crochet hook in one’s hand, I believe it’s a form of knitting.  How can one knit using a crochet hook?  That is the question – and the marketing language being used by Leisure Arts and the Amazing Needle folks.

I believe that you can judge for yourself by looking at this youtube video.  Note that it’s a Leisure Arts video production.  My previous article contains a pretty thorough explanation of my opinion gained using the Amazing Needle.  The advantage I can see for a crocheter is that one can use this tool to create fabric following a knit pattern.  The video calls the technique a combination of crochet and knit.  What do you think?

Comments

  1. Janelle says

    I’ve used a locker hook to “knook” and it is definitely knitting – I hold it the way I hold a knitting needle, and the fabric is knit fabric. I LOVE it – I have simply become a dedicated crocheter and cannot seem to figure out the dexterity required for managing two “sticks” and making them behave. However, I can manipulate fabric on a cord & a hook as needle. I just bought the Leisure Arts set – I can hardly wait to Knook some socks – something not as delicate as when crocheted.

  2. Kathy says

    Hi everyone,

    I amlooking for simple patterns for the Knook. I just purchased one a few weeks ago and I am looking for simple baby patterns or afghan patterns.

    Thanks,

    Kathy

  3. Mary says

    I love the Knook! I have been a crocheter for over 28 years and I am now 24. I would love to be able to knit, but I can never seem to make my knitting projects turn out as well as my crochet projects. I just can’t seem to make knitting needles behave and I’ve used everything from straight needles, to DPNs to circular. I am adept at tunisian crochet, so learning to knook was very easy for me. I can now do both knitting and crochet with the hooks I am comfortable with.

    I think it is knitting with a crochet hook which is something I have been trying to figure out how to do for years. It’s wonderful.

  4. says

    Mary,
    If you are 24 and have been crocheting for 28 years, you have pulled off one of the greatest feats of all time!! I bet you are a bit older than 24. I, too, think the Knook is knitting with a crochet hook. Glad you figured out how to do this!
    jd

  5. nancy says

    Hi…I just picked this up today….it looked interesting. I’ve crocheted off and on for 40 yrs & have needle tatted for around 20yr. With this hook it looks like it would be easy to make your own patterns once you got the basic knitting stitches down combining stitches. Nancy

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