To Knit or Crochet, Why Choose with the Knook-Product Review and Giveaway
We can see that many of our followers love to crochet. We also know that there are many of you that knit or do both. Often we are making a choice of do we knit or crochet a project. When crochet is our first love, and where we are most comfortable we often lean that way even if we would prefer the look of a knit stich for a project. Sometimes it is just about getting a project done quickly for a deadline. Now you don’t have to knit to get the look of knitting, and I am not talking about Tunisian Crochet. Learn about the new tool, the Knook, Katelyn is reviewing this week on the blog.
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Knitting, Crochet, Knooking, OH MY:
If you are here reading this post I am almost positive you have heard about knitting and crocheting before and know exactly what they are. You might not have heard about the Knook as of yet so I wanted to share it with you today.
There are times when I want to work on a project and would love to have something with knit stitches but I don’t want it to take the time knitting requires (for me). I have found a solution to this time hold up with the Knook.
Alright, being honest the first few times you work with the Knook it is not going to be as fast as it would be with crochet. Like with all new things you will get faster and more efficient. Is this going to replace all of my knitting projects, no, but it is a nice opportunity to mix things up.
As we have reviewed the Leisure Arts Oval Loom in the past I mentioned that it was a great alternative to those with dexterity issues. The Knook is also another alternative for those that struggle with holding two needles.
My First Project with the Knook:
Working through my first project I made a super simple garter stich cowl using left over yarn I had in my stash. I didn’t want to pull out my good Chic Sheep yarn just yet until I got the hang of working with the Knook.
The Knook felt comfortable in my hand, as I have been crocheting for a long time. I noticed that while working with the cord that it did start to get some pulls in it. This was a little annoying to work with but not a big hinderance. I am not sure how long each cord will hold up.
One of the things that I noticed that is different from the other crafts (knitting and crochet) is that I found it harder to keep an even tension. When you crochet you form the size of the stich by moving the stitch down the shaft of the hook. Then you remove the hook and the stitch stays the same size. In knitting you keep your stitches on the needle, keeping their size consistant. With the Knook you are moving the stitches onto the cord. Because the cord is so much smaller than the hook I noticed I had to pay attention to how much I was tugging on the yarn as I worked the rest of my stitches.
I thought that I would be able to fly through working the Knook the first time. Really, that wasn’t the case. I had to pay attention to what I was doing and watch the video tutorials a few times. Muscle memory is a thing, and something that I had to fight through out my first project. With the Knook your stitches are not quite worked the same as knit or crochet stitches. Be sure to check what you are doing or you will end up with a lot of twisted stitches.
The Same But Different:
Different-If you know how to crochet you will need to look at the directions CLOSELY. You do not enter you hook the same way for crochet and knook.
Same-Working with the Knook you will have stitches that look like knit stitches.
Different-You will not be using two needles and you will not be using a Tunisian hook working the stitches on and off the hook with each pass.
Same-Working with the Knook you have live stitches that can be dropped like in knitting.
Different-Your live stitches are held on a cord not a second needle.
The Started Kit:
In your starter kit you will get everything that you need to get started, minus the yarn!
The starter kit that I received was the Expanded Beginner Set. In the set you will get an instruction book, 5 Knooks, 5 cords, 3 cord clips and 3 plastic finishing needles.
Along with the instructions you will have three patterns in the book to work on. Video instructions are included with the photo tutorials for left AND right handed crocheters in the book.
Can you make all knit stitches?:
Working with the Knook you can make pretty much all of the knit stitches. You can cast on, knit, purl, work cables, increase, decrease, work circular, and work lace.
Please note that you will NOT be able to work a regular knit pattern with the Knook without some modifications. It is not a super simple process to change a regular knit pattern for use with a Knook. It is possible but would be easier to purchase one of the patterns that Leisure Arts offers already made for the knook.
Get Started TODAY
Reading through this review if you have been thinking about getting your own Knook try your chances at winning one first! Leisure Arts is offering us one of the Expanded Beginner Set for one of you to win!
Fine Print: Giveaway is open until midnight MST on Tuesday April 10, 2018. Giveaway is open to US residents only. Use the rafflecopter form below to enter for your chance to win.
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