Pros:Basic crochet skills will have you knitting like a pro in no time!
Cons:Hooks are poorly weighted and PLASTIC!!
The Bottom Line: The cheap PLASTIC hooks prevent an excellent rating!! If only they sold a version with metal hooks, for the REAL crafters among us! It feels like a child's toy.
I love to crochet. I hate to knit. When I saw that the Knook allowed me to crochet but really knit, well I was sucked in! I was very excited about getting it. I couldn't wait to open it and play with it!
Talk about a MAJOR let down!! Granted, for only $9.99, I have to admit that I was not expecting the world of this kit, but I did expect something more than cheap plastic crochet hooks! Yep, you read that right, PLASTIC!! I would have gladly paid more for this kit to get metal hooks.
Plastic crochet hooks are hard to work with, or at least if you ask me. There is no substance to them, so they just feel off.
There are 3 plastic hooks that come with the Knook, sizes G, H, and I. Each hook has a hole at the end opposite the the hook end. This hole is where you thread one of the 3 long pieces of nylon rope. This nylon rope is what holds your stitches from row to row... The nylon cord acts very much like the second knitting needle, just holding your stitches in place.
To start, you chain an appropriate number of stitches with the chosen hook, just as if you were starting a crochet project. You then go back and work through the chain, picking up a part of each stitch. Whether you pick up the front or back loop of the stitch, or both loops, depends entirely on what knit stitch you are making. As you finish a row, the stitches are slid onto the nylon cord.
Yep, the Knook actually uses a crochet hook to make knitting stitches! I read somewhere someone said, "This isn't LIKE knitting, this IS knitting!" I believe that was Crochet Dad, but I am not sure at this point...You can check him out on ravalry.com if you want to check me on that...
Unlike all the looms that give you a knit look, with the Knook, you are actually knitting...with all the ease and relaxation and skill of crocheting! This is a great way to handle that "OH DARN!! That great pattern is a knit pattern!!" moment! The only thing you won't get from the Knook is the frustration of 2 long knitting needles, and that clank of the needles hitting as your create.
The Knook comes with an instruction booklet that explains how to do the knit and purl stitches and the garter and stockinette stitches. It explains how to bind off a finished project, and it has 4 patterns for suggested practice projects. These patterns are for things like a "spa cloth", blankets, and a scarf...Definitely enough to keep you busy until you expand your Knook knowledge and collection.
If you google the word Knook, you will see that the patterns are infinite. With a little bit of practice, you will soon find you can master just about ANY knit pattern you come across!
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