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August 23, 2012

Knooking the Purl Stitch

Knooking with the purl stitch is the same as knitting the purl stitch, according to this video I found on youtube by Leisure Arts.

And just like the knit stitch, the hook catches the yarn, making it easier to learn the muscle memory (due to it being harder to drop your stitches).
Left: Continental Method    Right: English Method

the purl side of a stockinette stitch

After this experiment, I can only think of two disadvantages of using the knook:

1) gauge.  What do I mean by that?  Say you found a knitting pattern for something you really want to make, but your gauge is off, and you only have a few sizes of knook.  That means, you might not be able to get the correct gauge for the pattern you want to make.

2) becoming dependent on it.  You've heard me say that a pro to knitting with the knook is that it's easier to learn the muscle memory.  But the con of that is, if you aren't able to make the transition to knitting needles you are stuck to the limited sizes of knooks available and that limits your projects.

In my opinion, I think the knook can be a good learning/teaching tool for beginners, but I think that it should be used as a training wheel for knitting needles.  Use the knook to get used to holding the yarn, yarn overs, and pullling the yarn through the stitches.  Then make the transition to the knitting needles.

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