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One of the most trusted names in instructional publishing, Leisure Arts is a leading publisher worldwide of lifestyle how-to books, DVDs, and on-line content (www.LeisureArts.com). Primary skill categories are knitting, crochet, quilting, sewing, scrapbooking and papercrafts, cooking and entertaining, cross stitch, embroidery and other needlework, plastic canvas, decorative painting, home decor, holiday celebrations, and all kinds of crafts.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Leisure Arts, Inc.; Nov Pck edition (January 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1464704066
  • ISBN-13: 978-1464704062
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 10 x 13 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #565,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Rian Shadowhorse on November 8, 2011
Format: Paperback
I'll say this again and again: the Knook is a brilliant concept! I've been knitting and crocheting for around twenty-six years, and for a long time I've thought of Tunisian crochet as sort of bridging the gap between the needles and the hook. And now, the Knook actually *does* bridge the gap; I can easily flow from a knit fabric to crochet and back again without ever having to change the basic tool with which I'm working; I can even throw in some Tunisian entrelac crochet for good measure if I feel like it. Crochet edging around a knit project? A snap! The Knook concept is so simple that it's brilliant. If you're already familiar with Tunisian crochet, then you will most likely be able to pick up the Knook rather quickly.

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.
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Yes, I read the other reviews and I must admit I thought them surprising. If you do not know how to knit, or if you have issues with using the two knitting needles, then the Knook might work very well for you. I have crocheted for years, and knitted only when forced to because I found the needles ackward. Probably just something I struggled with, having leaned to crochet first, that is where my comfort level was. When I saw the Knook I thought 'what the heck' it is based upon a crochet hook maybe I will like it better. I picked it up at Hobby Lobby for $9.00 (sorry Amazon) and brought it home. In just a few minutes I was creating both a knit and pearl stitch. Having crocheted for years, the learning curve was about 20 seconds. Some say it is not as fast as knitting, and that might well be true for accomplished knitters, but if you have never knitted, or struggled to knit this is an easy solution to get you going. I like it because it is very easy to pick up and put down if interrupted, easy to pick up any missed or dropped stitches as you go, and yes, you can create many other knitted combination stitches. About the only thing I have not been able to get it to do is circular work...but I am working on that! I easily knitted a scarf in one evening while watching television, as the technique seemed natural to me after crocheting for so long. So, if you want to knit but put it off, give this a try. The other nice thing about this was that the instructions were done for left hand and right hand - separately - so you did not have to try to decode right hand instructions to get yourself going - something we left handers appreciate.
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I have been using my Knook for a couple of weeks and I am really impressed with the results I am seeing. I do crochet and have tried knitting with needles several times but just can't seem to get both my hands to work together. I like the smoothness of the knit stitch so I decided to order the Knook.
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!).
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