About

About Jen:

I’m a crafting, digiscrapping, homeschooling, shutterbug with a voracious appetite for books. I love watching classic movies, making messes, and laughing. 🙂

I think this pretty well sums up why I do what I do….

“Above all else, it is about leaving a mark that I existed: I was here. I was hungry. I was defeated. I was happy. I was sad. I was in love. I was afraid. I was hopeful. I had an idea and I had a good purpose and that’s why I made works of art.” ~Felix Gonzales-Toress

Why Knooking?

I learned to crochet in junior high home ec, and didn’t pick it up again until around 1996. I’ve crocheted off an on since then. But I’ve always secretly had a longing to learn how to knit too. However, after several attempts I’ve discovered that while I like the *look* of knitting, I really don’ t like the process.

Then about a year ago I ran across a Yahoo group, which led me to a website that claimed that it was possible to make actual knit stitches using a specialized crochet hook. I bought one of the hooks, and gave it a try. Sure enough, I could knit! And Purl! Whoo-hoo!

For whatever reason, this technique is basically unknown in the crafting world. There are very few people who know how to do it, and almost no information on the internet. So I decided to start this blog to share what I’ve learned with others. Hopefully you will find it helpful too. 🙂

And why is it called Knooking? Crocheters often call making a project “hooking” since we use a hook. Since traditional knitting is made with two needles, and this technique makes knit stitches with a hook….Knit + Hooking = Knooking. 🙂

Special Thanks:

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!

(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

10 Responses to “About”

  1. Sue February 7, 2010 at 1:41 pm #

    Hi Jen,

    Came across knooking searching the web for crochet patterns. Went right out to purchase a locker hooking needle.

    I wondering what kind of cord you use. I’ve been using ww yarn, but when I purl the “cord” is getting in the way and splitting the fibers. In other words “Annoying”. Purling is the part that I have trouble with in regular knitting also.

    Any help will be appreciated.

    Sue Steinberg

  2. Valentine October 28, 2011 at 10:35 am #

    love the poem! I love center-pull the best. Just came across knooking and think I am in love. Like you, I like the look of knitting but not the process. Since I am not ready to invest in knooking needles, etc., I converted a crochet hook with a bit of tape and a thin piece of cord from some old electronic device. It let me try knooking without worrying. It is so cool. It works so this week I have been practicing and might actually invest in knooking needles.

  3. Sharyn February 12, 2012 at 2:53 pm #

    Whats the difference between knooking & tunesian?

    • photojenic February 12, 2012 at 5:10 pm #

      Knooking make true knit stitches.

  4. Linda Smith December 31, 2012 at 5:08 pm #

    Jen: I asked for and got knooking set for Christmas. I’ve spent the past week TRYing to learn from Leisure Arts how to knook, and failing misserably. YOUR videos make sense and are much easier BUT according to LA-the knit knook stitch should begin with your knook on the LEFT side of the stitch. Your videos show the knook going into the stitch from the Right. I LIKE YOUR method, it is MUCH easier and much more “crochet” like – so my question is: using your method, will I be able to knook a pattern from a standard knit pattern? Have you been able to do just that- pick up a knitting pattern, knook it from beginning to end? I LOVE your method (as on the purl- with LA I was twisting my purl stitch,) so yours is such a superior method, if I use it, will I be able to do cables, etc? as with normal 2 needle knitting? Also, how can I download one of your videos? THANK YOU for such great instructions!
    Linda S
    PS I’ve been a crocheter for 60 YEARS, and I, like you, just did not like the two needle knitting process – I’ve been searching for knooking for 40 YEARS!!!!

  5. Jenny March 16, 2014 at 12:34 pm #

    what sort of thinks can I make with knooking…I had never even heard of this until 5mins ago..and now Im intrigued..

  6. Kate October 7, 2014 at 6:40 am #

    Just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the “One Lovely Blog Award.” You’ve been doing a great job and deserve it! Thanks for being awesome!

  7. vicki January 26, 2015 at 6:30 pm #

    I am behind the times and just discovered knooking–I bought the Leisure Arts set but it is so cheap and I cannot get the cord in the little hole–it split the bamboo. I have found better hooks but cannot find a definitive stitch book—looking at you tube videos does not help me–I need a book with diagrams–again Leisure Arts leaves much to be desired–I crochet but do not knit–I get knit one purl two–but want YO and SSK etc diagrams for the hook with a cord–I found one at Amazon but it is not published yet–or translated from German to English.

  8. Christine Kreiner February 28, 2015 at 8:08 pm #

    Tunisian is one sided knitting. You don’t turn it, the front looks knitted until you look at the back and see all that yarn!

  9. Marie Lindahl April 7, 2015 at 10:43 am #

    Love your blog! Do you have a page on Facebook?

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