Knooking now at Ravelry!

13 Jan

I’m excited to tell you that I’ve taken the plunge and started a Knooking group at Ravelry!

If you are a crocheter, knitter, spinner, or weaver and haven’t heard of Ravelry yet, you really must check it out! It’s a fiber loving wonderland of incredibly talented people. I have learned more tips, tricks, and techniques in the past two years than I have since I learned to crochet, low these many years.

The Knooking group will not take the place of this blog. It will be a place that fellow Knookers can get together, enjoy each others company, and share our projects. Hope to see you there!


18 Responses to “Knooking now at Ravelry!”

  1. Marci January 13, 2010 at 5:47 pm #

    Thank you so much for the blog and Ravelry group. I once read something that said the difference between knitting and crocheting is that knitting is done by twisting the yarn in a specific manner and crocheting is done by knotting the yarn in a specific manner. Interesting.

    I have to say I am so exciting about this knooking! I have crocheted for years and love tunisian crochet. But, there are times when I just can’t get the drape I want with crochet’s bulkier stitches and tunisian’s denser fabric. I can’t wait to learn more about knooking!

  2. Andrea Niehuis February 3, 2010 at 6:23 pm #

    How do I get more information about the Amazing Needle and your group. Thanks

  3. Dada May 23, 2010 at 2:48 pm #

    Hello !
    I join the group
    This pratice is very well !
    Escuse my english, I’m french knitter

  4. Crystal Allen January 22, 2011 at 7:04 pm #

    Oh! That’s such exciting news! I just joined the group.
    Thank you so much for starting this blog…it’s given me much needed inspiration to finish up some knitted projects with knooking 😀

  5. candas December 17, 2011 at 5:35 pm #

    Like this.

  6. Connie March 8, 2012 at 9:12 am #

    I have been an avid crocheter for 27 years. But, I really love the way knitted items look but I just can’t get the hang of knitting. When the knook came out I was really excited. I thought wow I can finally make things with the look I want with an item I can work with. I have made one project with my knook. It was an infinity scarf. Even though I didn’t exactly do the stiches correctly (which I didn’t realize till I was finished) it still came out pretty good. I gave it to my daughter for Christmas and she loves it. I can’t wait to start another project.
    I look forward to joining the group on Ravelry.

  7. Jen August 16, 2012 at 7:21 am #

    I am able to crochet and knit. I probably feel more comfortable with crochet. However, there is a reason that people knit on 2 needles and not on a crochet hook. It doesn’t work terribly well. The fabric I’ve seen is in the main messy, it’s convoluted to do and it hurts your hands a lot. There are also no proper tools available – to work properly it needs a hook with a point and somewhere to thread the cord or ribbon. The commercial ones available are blunt and not very good. That slows the process down a lot and makes it painful.

    When you are knooking you are basically knitting. I can do it holding the yarn in my left hand like crochet or I can do it holding in my right hand like knitting. I prefer to hold it in my right hand as I like English style knitting best – basically I knook in exactly the same way I knit with the stitches un twisted. I can do it just as well with yarn in my left hand and that is pretty much like continental style knitting. The reason I don’t is that when purling, the hand gets in the way so you can’t see where the stitches are except the one you are on. The way so many people are doing it means that stitches get twisted. For beginners who don’t knit they wouldn’t know that. For simplicity purposes it is best to knit the majority way as it is easier to get access to instructions to patterns. All ways are simple and manageable but some just make more sense. There is not the learning curve available in the form of tutorials etc that knitting has. People will just find it a very finite craft because of that. The expertise is all in Japan. Knitting is complex but there are answers. Knooking is just as complex and in many ways more so, yet there is little guidance and that there is is very conflicting.

    Knooking is implicitly more difficult than knitting. You wouldn’t catch a knitter knitting from a lifeline. The stitches collapse and you have to pick them up with your fingers sometimes. The simple ways of increasing etc that work easily for knitting are difficult or have to have workarounds. It’s slower by far than knitting. It is probably as fast as crochet but grows less slowly. There are no plus points for knooking. Even the fact that you have a life line that catches the stitches on the row you are on, it still means you can drop stitches – it is far easier in fact as they can simply not be seen enough sometimes and are passed by in error. When it comes to mistakes that life line is a nightmare, it is incredibly difficult to get to the mistake several rows back, yet I’ve not heard this mentioned.

    I’ve done some lace knooking and although one pattern ‘snow drops’ went relatively smoothly, the other a very simple knitting pattern is tortuous to do. The yarn overs need to be manually manipulated onto the hook, the yo, purl 2tog need a special approach etc. The yo’s in ‘snowdrops’ were oriented differently and were easier to pick up. My hands and finger tips are sore and it is so slow in comparison. Straight forward stocking stitch is OK and I have a uniform fabric with tension the same as my knitting. Anything further is just silly. Like I said, the reason why knitting is on 2 sticks, is because it works so much better that way. Anyone who advances through knooking should find real knitting so easy in comparison. It isn’t at all like crochet which flows smoothly and rhythmically. They are two different things, both requiring practise. Knooking seems like avoidance to me. I did everything to avoid actual wrap and turns in my short row socks I knitted and tried all sorts of heels like the mock short row etc. They were not good enough. So I went and tried what I was scared of and found it the easiest of the lot. If you can crochet then you can knit. It’s that simple. It make take a while though. But didn’t it take a while to learn crochet? I see no connection between crochet and knooking except the needle has a hook on the end.

    I have never seen knooking produce any thing other than small items and they usually look sloppy. Too many stitches on the knook causes problems – it was tricky with 36. It becomes harder to manipulate the hook to make stitches. The only thing you can do is remove the stitches on to the cord and pull a bit more of that through, but that all takes time and breaks the flow. It doesn’t make it any easier to transfer from knitting to crochet either – one uses stitches and the other chain and they are not the same. Knitting in the round is easy even on the dreaded dpns. Knooking in the round is awful – continually dragging the cord about. Like I said crochet is where I feel most comfy but knooking is decidedly not linked to it in my view and I think it is erroneous to suggest it is. It uses the same movements as knitting but you are hobbled by poor tools.

    Neither is it done with one hand contrary to what I have read, you definitely need 2 to progress. Neither knitting or crochet hurt my hands like this. I notice that after the initial flurry of activity on ravelry, everyone seems to give up. It has novelty value only. A bit like what we called french knitting which produced a coil of knitting that had no useful purpose. I don’t think knooking will be around for very much longer and then we will all laugh about the fact we were suckered into it.

    • photojenic August 16, 2012 at 10:31 am #

      “I don’t think knooking will be around for very much longer and then we will all laugh about the fact we were suckered into it.”

      I started my website started before there were any commercial knooking products. There are no affiliate links, no ads, and no product placements. I was merely sharing a technique that other people might also find interesting. You weren’t “suckered” into anything.

      Haters gonna hate.

      • Marny August 27, 2012 at 6:42 am #

        There is nothing wrong with knowing yet another technique, whether it’s used or not. Personally, I like gadgets and the Knook is a gadget that was not very expensive and if I don’t like it will pass it along to someone who might – who might either like it or not – and pass it along, etc.

    • Audrey January 2, 2014 at 9:45 pm #

      All I’m going to say here is that if I hadn’t discovered knooking I wouldn’t be making things at all. Both knitting and crocheting seemed inherently daunting to me, and I had no idea where to begin. Just the knitting NEEDLES scared me.

      The knook was an impulse buy because where the heck else am I gonna start, and it seemed like baby knitting. I’m working through it. It’s still scary, but not as far off to me as knitting or crocheting. I’m making things, though! I’m actually making stuff, which I think would have been impossible had I dived headfirst into knitting or crocheting.

      Don’t look down on something just because you do it the “real” way. Some of us are doing it the only way we think we can right now.

      • Patricia Johnson January 3, 2014 at 11:31 pm #

        That is great that you are making things Audrey. In many of my posts I have had a lot of negative feedback from those who don’t like using the knook. I knit and crochet as well. I am self taught in knitting and could not read patterns until I purchased the I can’t believe I am knitting kit. Of course my mother tried to teach me to crochet but not understanding how to read the patterns when I was young I gave up. Then when I learned to knit I realized that I could read a knitting pattern then went back to the crochet and the lightbulb went off. When I picked up the knook not many had heard about it so I purchased it and searched every video tutorial I could find and learned to use the knook. At the time I had become the person to go to for questions on one of my forums. What I am saying is keep doing it if it works for you everyone has their talent when it comes to working with yarn. Perhaps those that have hands that hurt are experiencing a form of Arthritis and sooner or later what they chose as their way of working with yarn is going to hurt their hands. It is easy to blame this or that for it but in reality many of us have arthritis as I am now experiencing and it is quite painful but I still knook, knit and crochet because I enjoy it so much. Chin up and happy knooking.


  8. Gay Williamson September 21, 2012 at 8:06 pm #

    I just want to thank you so much for this site! I loved to knit, it was my favorite hobby. A severe auto-immune disease left me unable to knit any more. I finally learned to crochet, but I loved the smooth knitted fabric. I found the knit stitch easy, but struggled with the pearl stitch. Your website made it so much easier. This is a lovely website, and I’m so grateful for your instructions which have made this so much easier to do. Jen up there must have waaasaaay too much time on her hands to have spent so much time in an attemp to discourage, I hope that things like that just roll off of your back. As someone who is handicapped and has missed knitting, this is a fun tool. Thanks for all the help. God bless!

  9. Margaret LeMaitre October 15, 2012 at 10:10 am #

    Hello Jen.

    I am sorry to hear that knooking makes your hands sore.

    What I like about knooking:: Using only one hook instead of two knitting needles makes it a lot more portable. The constant small motions & hand twisting involved helps me a lot with pain in my hands…and if I am doing it in public people just think I’m making something, whereas I feel self-conscious if I am wiggling and twisting my hands in public to relieve pain (I feel as if people are staring at me even if they are not).
    Sometimes larger knitting needles are painful to use, whereas the knooking hook is less so, therefore I find it easier to use. In any case, when I am having pain in my hands everything goes slowly, so comparative speed really isn’t an issue.

    So you see, we all have our own personal reasons for preferring knitting, crocheting, or knooking.

    I hope that this helps.


  10. Vicki March 7, 2013 at 8:24 am #

    Where can I find a crochet hook with a hole to try this knooking?

  11. Pat Johnson aka Ciyona March 31, 2013 at 1:00 pm #

    Jen, I just wanted to say that I think you are great for keeping up your blog. I knook but have other things in the works at the moment. It is just another tool at our disposal and all the negetatity that others place on it would be like us being negetive about knitting or crocheting. You keep up the good work here because some one some where is going to need what you know to teach them. Great job with the blog.


  12. Vicki January 4, 2014 at 6:40 am #

    Where can I find knook needles? Joan Fabrics, Michaels, Hobby Lobby?

    • Kayla February 15, 2014 at 11:15 am #

      Just found a set of two Knooking needles with a starter book, a clip, and two silk thread strings marketed towards kids at JoAnn Fabrics. The book has the basics and three simple projects in it. They also carried a pack of different sized Knooking needles with no book that I also picked up. The people at JoAnn Fabrics said no one there tried it yet, but they got purchased as an impulse buy. I found this page looking up information on them.

      • Vicki February 15, 2014 at 3:34 pm #

        Thank you so much!

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