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.
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.
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