I’m a hooker. Quite a happy hooker. I love to crochet, and am pretty good at it. But being multi-craftual, I have also attempted knitting several times. Problem is, I just didn’t like doing it. At all. I found it annoying and frustrating. Then the lovely @AIMR offered up a Knooking Kit in the Use It or Lose it! thread. Knitting with a crochet hook? Well, perhaps I would enjoy knitting more if I could hook it!
Just for clarification, Knooking is NOT Tunisian crochet, and it is not just crochet meant to mimic the look of knitting. It IS actually knit and purl stitches, created with a hook instead of needles. I tried working from the Leisure Arts book on knooking that came with the kit, and had a lot of trouble with it. The knit stitch worked fine, but the purl just didn’t come our right. After a lot of searching for alternate sources on the net, all of which gave conflicting directions, I just picked one that worked best for me, and went for it. Since I didn’t have much emotional investment in creating a test swatch, I soon moved on to making a basic hat. It came out too big for me, but it is in fact, a knitted hat, made with a crochet hook, so I call it a win!
The hooks and cords that came with the Knooking kit did work fantastically, and I’m looking forward to growing my skills with some new patterns soon. But first, I need to return to my first love, crochet, to make myself a new winter hat and cowl, to go with my new winter coat, now that I live in a place that has actual winter again.
Great job of persevering to complete the project! It looks great; amazing that you can really knit with a crochet hook. (Doesn’t sound like it was any easier than knitting with knitting needles, though!)