Knooking…?

Well, look at what made its way onto my desk today:

Knooking Set

A knooking set! My coworker had gotten herself one and showed it to me, and it was all downhill from there. What should have been an inconspicuous and quick heads-up ended with a total of four coworkers (myself included) gathering around the set, loudly oooh-ing and aah-ing, until the one owning the set offered to order 3 more, one for each one of us. Because she’s cool like that. And because we all think that knooking is potentially cool.

And then the sets arrived today. They come with 2 plastic hooks (4.0 mm and 6.0 mm), as well as 2 nylon cords that go into the holes at the ends of the hooks. (Knooks?)

Now, initially I was confused. I thought that knooking = Tunisian crochet, alas Tunisian crochet it is actually not. This I learned on Ravelry, which in no uncertain terms explained to me Why Knooking is NOT Tunisian Crochet. OK, gotcha.

Still, the question remains: is it worth learning? Here’s a quote from the article:

“While it’s a very interesting idea, it requires learning new stitches (not crochet stitches or knit stitches), so isn’t exactly a short cut for learning to knit.”

(…)

“So, if you’re deciding whether to learn to knook, it’s important to think about your goals. Do you want to knit socks? Learn to knit. Do you want to knit sweaters? Learn to knit. Do you just love the look of knitted fabric and want to make small projects? Maybe knooking is for you.

One main factor is that the knook is a product manufactured by one company… so you only have one hook styleavailable to you and a limited selection of pattern books. Both crocheting and knitting have available lots of different hooks/needles to suit your particular style, and patterns made my thousands of designers. In order to invest time in learning to knook, you’ll have to be sure that you’re happy being limited to the options available.”

Okay… well, it looks like an interesting technique, though – and I will most definitely give it a try and see what can be done with it. (Once I emerge from my swamp of WIPs, that is.) If it isn’t for me, then for sure it wasn’t a waste of a whole lot of financial resources. Here’s an instructional video for right-handed people:

Do you have experience knooking? What are your thoughts?

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