This post is my submission to the Deramores Craft Blog Competition 2015.  Deramores is the UK’s number one online retailer of knitting and crochet supplies.  Visit www.deramores.com for more details.

Deramores has invited 6 crafty bloggers to predict the upcoming trends in the yarn industries.
For Marinke Slump from A Creative Being predicts that means crochet-that-looks-like-knitting.

Two weeks ago I started this knit-alike crochet-along.  We started out with backpost and frontpost stitches.  Then we learned about Tunisian crochet.  In part 3 we could relax again with some back-loop-only stitches and this week we’re learning a new crochet technique again.

This week we’re gonna take a more detailed look at knooking.   Kno-what ?

Knooking is actually knitting, but with a crochet hook.  Hu ?  Knitting with a crochet hook ?  Yup, it excists, a way to knit without having to use those awkward long needles.  All you need is a crochet hook with a hole at the end or a knooking hook.

knooking hook from Lana Grossa

Knooking versus Tunisian crochet

Both techniques are similar.  In both techniques you pull up a loop and leave it on the needle.  But in Tunisian crochet you will cast off your loops every round by using a returning pass.
In knooking there is no returning pass, but you keep the loops on your hook (or thread) at all times.
Another difference is the density of the fabric.  Tunisian crochet gives a fabric that is more sturdy than knooking.  A knooking fabric feels looser, has more stretch and has more drape.
This makes Tunisian crochet perfect for projects that need to be a bit more hardwearing.  Like… mmhh… let me think…  a carpet or even a lace scarf.
If your project needs to be stretchy than knooking might be the better choice.  

Crochet-along : not-knitted scarf (part 4)

The CAL consists out of 4 parts.

part 1 : back- & frontpost stitches
part 2 : tunisian crochet
part 3 : back loop only crochet
part 4 : knooking

This won’t give you a full length scarf, but you can easily repeat the 4 parts or maybe ad some other great crochet fabric to it. 

materials needed
You can use stash yarn.

Part 1 : 
1 ball (50gr, 120m) of Lana Grossa Cool Wool Merino Big melange
5 mm crochet hook

Part 2 :
1 ball (50gr, 120m) Lana Grossa Cool Wool Merino Big Pink/Purple
1 ball (50gr, 120m) Lana Grossa Cool Wool Merino Big Yellow
6 mm interchangeable crochet hook or Tunisian hook

Part 3 :
1 ball (50gr, 120m) Lana Grossa Cool Wool Merino Big Yellow
5 mm crochet hook

Part 4 :
1 ball (50gr, 120m) Lana Grossa Cool Wool Merino Big gray
5 mm knooking crochet hook
instructions PART 4

I’m using US terminology.

I choose to join my yarn at the short side of my scarf.  You can also choose to chain 50 and work your stitches that way.

Knooking is a new technique for me as well.  So I had to search for a tutorial to learn it.

I found a great tutorial on youtube for learning the basics.  It’s called “How to knook : Right handed” from Leisure Arts inc.

After you’ve learned the basics your options are endless!  You can practically translate almost any knitting pattern into a knooking pattern.   I will definitely explore this technique a bit more.
front of the work

back of the work

See how neat my join is?  I think this is a great technique for adding a border to blankets too!!  

So tell me, what are your plans with these four knit-alike techniques ?  Show me your projects!

crafty greetings,

Wendy

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