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Knook Expanded Beginner Kit Paperback – January 1, 2012
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A few weeks ago I bought The Knook Kit at Walmart, and it was cheaper than on Amazon (nothing against Amazon; I just happened to walk past the display in the store and picked it up on impulse). Inside the blister pack, you get three Knooks, in sizes G (6/4mm), H (8/5mm), and I (9/5.5mm), three different colours of cord (which serve as your "lifeline," and hold your working fabric), and a 32-page instruction booklet. The booklet contains patterns for a simple infinity scarf (to practise the garter stitch), a spa cloth (which allows you to practise purling on the Knook), a baby blanket (which is composed of a dozen squares that allow you to switch back and forth from knitting to purling), and a diamond lap throw (which is worked in three long strips). All patterns are designed for beginners and are worked with worsted weight yarns. There are more Knook patterns on-line; there is even a sampler scarf pattern that is worked in both knit and crochet -- it's actually pretty cool.Read more ›
It works a little differently than regular crochet, so read the directions thoroughly. You Tube is a fantastic resource. Also check out the manufacturer's website for more instructions, videos, and patterns.
One tip: I found it helpful to apply Fray Check, a clear seam sealant, to the ends of the silky cords that are used with the hook. This makes the ends stiffer so they go through the small holes in the hooks more easily. I applied it with my fingers, starting about one inch from the ends and running my fingers down and off the ends of the cords. It dries in a few minutes.
And be patient! It always takes me a while to learn any new skill with my hands (you have heard of people who are ambidexterous? Well, I am no-bidexterous), but I was doing pretty well after a few hours. If you are coordinated enough to already be a knitter, you will probably find that the Knook is slower than your needles. But for those like me that like the look but can't control the needles and yarn at the same time, The Knook appears to be an answer. It is going slower than my usual crochet, but I am improving and gaining confidence. I am working on my first Knooked scarf and have it by my chair so I can work on it while watching TV. Every time I pick it up I find I am a little faster than before. I am glad I ordered the Knook.
Update 10/6/2012 I am now Knooking much faster than I can knit! I have completed a couple of scarves for Christmas presents (and one for me!).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not worth the money. All it is, is afghan hook crocheting. You don't really need that extra string.Published 4 months ago by Mary Gunter
Not product fault. I just dont like the process of doing it. Just as much troublke asz knitting ,if not more. Hard to get the thread into the hole of the hook.. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Barbookbar
Great idea, and the book that's included is pretty great, too. Just need some more instructions for more stuff, now.Published 7 months ago by E. Smith
I like that this inexpensive set has several different hooks as opposed to other sets that only have one or two. Read morePublished 11 months ago by J. R.