Introduction to Knooking

6 Jan

First of all, I have to give a big “thanks” to Grieney at Ravelry who came up with the term “Knooking.” Not only that, she even wrote a theme song!

So what IS knooking? In a nutshell, it’s making actual knit stitches using a specialized crochet hook. Nope, it’s not Tunisian, slip stitch, crochetnit, double crochet, or any other knit-look-alike stitch. It’s actual knit and purl stitches. Knitting with a hook = Knooking. :)

The technique and hook itself appears to have originated in Japan under the name Japanese Super Miracle Needle. See Sohon Se on this blog, and also referenced by Crochet with Dee. Right now the only source seems to be Tezukuritown, but I haven’t had any success contacting them.

Super Miracle Needle


The American version is called the Amazing Needle, and can be purchased from Amazing Yarns. They have hook sizes E through P available for purchase. For fastest service, I recommend calling the store.

Amazing Needle


It also appears that cabled crochet hooks may also work, such as the Denise Interchangeable Crochet Hooks, and possibly the KnitPro Symfonie Interchangeables.

Denise Interchangeable Crochet Hooks

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Knit Pro Symfonie Tunisian/Afghan Crochet Hooks


So what is so special about these hooks? They have removable cables or cords that can be attached to the end of the hook, and acts as the second knitting “needle.” If you can slip stitch, you can do this simple technique and create actual knitted fabrics and projects. As you work your stitches, they will be kept “live” on the cord until your next round. You work each stitch one at a time, just as you do in crochet.

It has been my experience that Knooking is slower than traditional crochet, but faster than two-needle knitting. Although there are a few patterns available specifically for the Amazing Needle, theoretically just about any knitting project should be able to be adapted for Knooking.

And now for our Theme Song:

(Sung to “Makin’ Whoopee”, natch)

Another skein, another wool.
How I wish, it was center-pull
Another season, another reason,
For makin’ Knookee

A lot of socks, made late at night,
When I get nervous, each stitch gets tight
My hands are killin’, but it’s so thrillin’
To make Knookee.

Now picture a little stash room,
Just a few skeins here and there
Picture that same sweet stash room
Not an inch of floor is bare.

They think I’m knitting, with pointy sticks,
No, I’m still hookin, but that’s the trick
They’ll say I’m lyin’, my hook is flyin’
Just makin’ Knookee

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43 Responses to “Introduction to Knooking”

  1. lynn January 18, 2010 at 6:02 pm #

    How do you start your knooking? Is there some trick to ‘casting on’? I’m guessing you don’t start as if you were chaining like when you crochet.
    I looked at your videos, which were *very* helpful and made me want to start knooking as of NOW! ;>D

  2. Sharon January 25, 2010 at 6:02 pm #

    Thanks for the terrific tutorial. After seeing your youtube tutorial, I dug out the Amazing needle kit I ordered some years ago — and gave up on as it was a pain-in-the neck changing the cords every row. Watching you work your rows of stitches was a light bulb moment for me.

  3. Jelibe February 6, 2010 at 3:03 pm #

    I found your site though the knooking rav page. I’m very interested in this form of crochet/knit. I’ve been doing Tunisian to get me that knit look. I’m terrible at knitting! I’m having big problems with finding a place in the UK that make these hooks so I’m going to see about getting some doling from the wood place and turning that into a knooking hook. I do like that term ” knooking” :D After that I’ll see about making some BIG knitting with the hook. I have an urge to have a BIG ol hook to make big knitting.

  4. Lisa Harrigan May 15, 2010 at 12:25 am #

    Interesting concept. I’m actually a Knitter, but I do know how to crochet and am always looking for something interesting to play with. And this looks like it will be more “portable” for those times I want to carry something smaller. And I love making washcloths. This may be the perfect way to do washcloths with a smaller “needle”.
    Put this blog on my Google page next to Knit Princess ;), joined the Ravelry group, saved the patterns, and will lurk until I have time to try this out.

    • Sally Morgan May 16, 2010 at 7:46 pm #

      I thought to do the same thing. Small projects, washcloths, while traveling once i saw the video. I have plenty of knit patterns for dishcloths and I am going to consider drilling a hole in the end of a wood hook and putting in the yarn as shown and sanding it smooth. I love this for a easy project. I love to crochet but everything is for knitting now I can have the best together. How did you do with your knooking?

  5. Jeannine August 21, 2010 at 9:45 pm #

    Love this idea since I am all thumbs when it comes to two needles! I have been crocheting for many years so this should be easy for me. I’m wondering if you would know how to do knooking in rounds? Like to make a knitted doily or a no seam rounded sweater. I tried to google some info on this and got no info at all.

  6. Ginette January 28, 2011 at 1:37 pm #

    As I looking for information on knooking to start on, I appreciate it.

    I gues a try with a homemade tool for knooking. Not want buy it before knowing if I like it.

    I took a regular hook, a tread 2 inches long and a piece of “scotch tape”, I fixed the tread a the end of my hook, leaving a little loop (enough space for the cord) and that’s it!!!

    It’s working, probably not well as the real tool. but to have have try it’s good.

    P.S. my hook is round with the same size every where on.

    • Marj Cook December 5, 2011 at 3:49 pm #

      Hi,
      Just read your post, can you please tell me what a tread is? I am trying to make my own knooking tool and yours seems the easiest to do.

      Thanks

      Marj Cook

      • Ginette December 11, 2011 at 11:54 am #

        I taped a piece of yarn 1.5 inches long at the end of my hook, leaving a little loop. this little loop will be use to “hold” the cord.
        I whold be easier if I can put a picture.

  7. Kathy Kamper July 14, 2011 at 4:07 pm #

    Knook is now sold by Leisure Arts exclusively at WalMart but it is not yet in a lot of stores and not sold online.

    • wazzup January 3, 2012 at 6:54 pm #

      i went to amazon for mine have to wait till Feb to get it not amused dying to try it can i modify a normal crochet hook. happy new year tryed to make one no use.

  8. Marny July 17, 2011 at 10:55 am #

    Knooking is something I heard about quite a few years ago.

    It just dawned on me that it’s really knitting with one needle, with the cord as the second needle.

    So far, no Walmarts near and/or around my area even know what I’m talking about.

    Seems strange that Leisure Arts won’t sell the item yet tells people to buy it at Walmart, which doesn’t sell it in too many areas.

    If you’re talking about something, then make it available — or stop talking about it until it is available.

  9. Laura Lee Hill-Jackson July 25, 2011 at 8:33 am #

    I got 2 knooking kits at Walmart last night @ $6.97 each comes with 3 hooks and 3 cords and 4 patterns……actually I bought the last 2. I am going to share with anyone who wants to learn with me.

    • maur648 February 15, 2012 at 7:59 am #

      Unfortunately their prices here in NV is 12 dollars and change here I wonder why?

  10. Carol Green July 25, 2011 at 12:22 pm #

    Wal Mart carries a beginner basic Knooking kit. I bought one and was making an item within 5 minutes of glancing through the booklet. It’s fun, a LOT slower than traditional knitting if you are any good at conventional knitting but it allows crocheters to knit with knitting patterns and make all kinds of things ;-)

  11. Lynn Glasscock (cattiekit) December 5, 2011 at 4:47 pm #

    Marg?

    I think “tread” means “thread”. Plug that in and see if it makes sense to you then.

    -Lynn (cattiekit on Ravelry)

  12. Maenwyn Rati December 5, 2011 at 10:03 pm #

    I carved a hook out of a dowel rod. Cost $0.49.

  13. Marny December 6, 2011 at 5:03 am #

    Rereading my post from a few days ago, I meant that Leisure Arts should stop talking about Knooking until they get it into the stores, etc. etc. etc.

    Hmmm, knooking in the round — I picture a much longer cord … and a stitch marker.

    I’ve been knitting for the charity yarn group and a few baby gifts so haven’t gotten back to practicing knooking.

    Maenwyn, good for you! I use dowels to slide into the track of slider windows and doors so they be opened but too much (for safety purposes)

  14. Marny December 6, 2011 at 5:04 am #

    brain is sleepy … “so they CAN be opened but NOT too much …”

  15. Kay December 10, 2011 at 7:18 pm #

    I have been searching for this kit to give as a Christmas present to my granddaughter and can’t find it anywhere in Michigan. I’ve tried Joann’s, Michaels, some knitting shops. They never heard of it. Where can I get the kit?

    • Marny December 10, 2011 at 8:47 pm #

      You might have to bite the financial bullet and buy directly from Leisure Arts.

      The cost is more but your time and energy are worth something, right?

    • candas December 17, 2011 at 5:41 pm #

      Walmart in ohio and kentucky have the kits in some of their stores. Not available on line or so it says

  16. Marny December 16, 2011 at 11:56 pm #

    Did anyone else see the tirade?

  17. Marny December 17, 2011 at 6:41 am #

    Thank you … we’re about knooking and enjoying and respect, I believe.

  18. candad December 17, 2011 at 5:29 pm #

    Just found this site. I bought some bamboo crochet hooks reciently,and used a very very small drill bit in my dremel to put holes about 1/2 inch from the back end and whittled just a bit off that end to allow a cord to slide through the stitches I am doing, works well. Used a piece of contrasting yarn for the cord. I dip the end of my yarn in candle wax and roll between fingers to go in hole.

  19. Marny December 17, 2011 at 8:35 pm #

    candad, good for you!

    I found nice cord in a store that sells Native American items … and in different colors.

    I wonder if a long shoelace would work! Hmmmm.

  20. Sharon December 20, 2011 at 10:04 pm #

    Is there a sock pattern using the knook?

  21. Marj Cook December 26, 2011 at 2:10 am #

    Can you use knooking hooks to make doll clothes?

  22. Marny December 26, 2011 at 3:18 am #

    Marj Cook, you can make whatever you like … it’s up to you.

    I would say it’s up to the size of hook and yarn, just like any other design.

    • Marj Cook December 29, 2011 at 5:13 am #

      Having trouble already, lol pattern says: Cast on 20 new sts on each side for sleeves = 62 sts
      The 2 edge sts of sleeves, work garter stitch. How do I cast on more stitches in knooking?

      Please help.

      Marjie

      • Ginette January 3, 2012 at 7:32 am #

        I used the thumb cast on method for the both side.

  23. Marny January 3, 2012 at 7:45 am #

    Great find at my local Wal-M … sale rack near knitting aisle: Knooking kit – $5. I bought it.

  24. Marny February 15, 2012 at 9:21 pm #

    Leisure Arts is selling on HSN – new ‘expanded’ set … same as original set – but with two extra size hooks and additional cords in other lengths.

    I do not understand why they have to put the same sizes in both sets, instead of making an extended set with the new sizes and cords.

    Their marketing stinks, afaic.

  25. Roberta~ February 29, 2012 at 6:35 pm #

    You can “knook” with a piece of yarn taped to the end of your crochet hook! It works just fine!!

  26. YarnYokel March 4, 2012 at 7:09 am #

    I bought the knook and really enjoyed using it. I recently started trying to learn to knit and that the knook makes knitting for a crocheter so much easier. I am now in search for metal knook hooks instead of the wooden ones. I wonder though…”Candad” has given me a great idea to make my own knook hook. How hard would it be to drill through the metal hooks?

  27. TUNISIAN MUSIC March 7, 2012 at 4:11 pm #

    As a Group working in the African music industry “New Videos: Tunisian Crochet WIPs N Chains” is of great interest to us
    well written thank you :-)

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  29. Linda May 15, 2014 at 9:54 am #

    Thanks for all the info! The Denise Interchangeable hooks work just great and are available on their website: knitdenise.com or crochetdenise.com You can buy one hook or a dozen.

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