When I first began to knit I literally went to my local craft store and purchased every tool I could find on the market that had anything to do with knitting. This is no joke, even if I had no idea what it was or how to use it, if it said it was for knitting it was in my basket. That was 7 years ago and since then there are very few tools on the market that I find myself saying 'I have to have that'. However, that has all changed when I was introduced to the Knook!
What is a Knook you ask? Well, let me tell you. It is a tool that blends the best of both the crochet and the knit worlds. Invented by Leisure Arts, a Knook is basically a wooden crochet hook that has a removeable thread at the end making it possible to knit with a crochet hook! Brilliant if you ask me.
It is very helpful to the crocheter that wants to learn to knit, or the knitter that has a hard time dropping stitches or picking up stitches along the edge of a piece and wants to use a hook instead of needles. The Knook is sold in a kit that includes 3 wooden crochet hooks, thread, a booklet with great instructions for the right and left-handed crafter, along with lots of how-to-photos. It is currently only available at Wal-mart but will be in other stores this fall.
Is it a crochet tool or a knitting tool? Both...knitters and crocheters will find that using a hook to pull the yarn through a stitch is easier than using a needle and they will find that the string attached to the hook helps them with the dreaded dropped stitch. Yes, you read that correctly...no more dropped stitches!
With the Knook, the dreaded dropped stitch doesn't happen because the thread acts like a life line for your work. So, if you have been fearful of knitting because of dropped stitches I want to encourage you to try the Knook. It might be your new favorite tool in your crafting bag.
If you are like me and need more visual instructions than a booklet to show you how a Knook works, Leisure Arts has how-to videos on their web site as well as free patterns!
And as a special thanks to you for stopping by I'd like to GIVE AWAY a Knook kit! To enter leave a comment on this blog. I'll select the a winner from the comments received before Friday August 12th.