Monday, February 9, 2015

Socks Into Mittens

On my last blog post I mentioned that 2015 will be the year of hooks: Knook and Tunisian crochet. I also mentioned a tutorial on two-at-a-time knook socks but I ended up writing a pattern for Knook basic mittens instead. The knook hook that I have is too large for a pair of socks, (I think) but the technique is the same especially for the toe-up part so I guess it can easily be applied to two-at-a-time toe-up socks for the Knook.

I’m really happy how the first Knooked mitten came out even though it’s a tad roomy for my small hands. I was also specially happy when I figured out how to switch from working in the round to working as if flat with the Knook (just switch out the cords the Knook is attached to!) and this is the reason why I think it is better to have a Knook setup the way Leisure Arts presents it. I have to switch from knooking in the round to working flat and back again to knooking in the round around the thumb hole area of the fabric. I also figured out a way to do the kfb stitch on the knook without having a large hole in the process. The video tutorial from Leisure Arts on how to do the Knit Bar Increase aka knit front and back (kfb) stitch creates a hole in the knitted fabric where the increase happens which I don’t like at all because when knitting the kfb stitch on two knitting needles, I have not encountered holes. So the Leisure Arts tutorial says to hold the working yarn in the front of the knook and purl like normal. What I’ve found out is this: if you drop the working yarn and let it hang in the back of the fabric, insert the knook as if to purl, the working yarn is now coming from under the knook, then knit that stitch like normal. And here is a video tutorial with knitting needles from Bernat yarns and in my mind, I had the right needle as the knook and the left needle as the cord. I hope the Bernat kfb video tutorial helped you as much as it did for me. 

Breaking news: I can’t believe I have two WIPs that I’m actively working on! I bring the mittens to work so I can work on it during breaks and because I started the baby blanket yesterday, I’m thinking I will work on this every night since my friend’s baby shower will be sometime in March/April.

I will post my knook basic mittens pattern at the Golden Dragon Crafts website as soon as I've gone through the proof reading and editing process and I will definitely have a link on Ravelry as well.

Books I've Read Since Last Blog Post
• The Cinderella Deal by Jennifer Crusie - 2/5/2015
• Smart Vs. Pretty by Valerie Frankel - 2/6/2015

Currently Reading
• The Success Principles by Jack Canfield

Finished Objects
• None at the moment

Currently Knitting/Crocheting/Knooking
• Knook: Basic Mittens

• Crochet: Packham-Le Baby Blanket

Product Reviews
• None


Just in case, I would like to share the blogs and/or podcasts I'm really enjoying which are also listed on the side bar...and these are in the order I discovered them...hope you'll enjoy them too!

• 2 Knit Lit Chicks
• Never Not Knitting
• The Writing Show (ended Dec 2012 I think)
• Books On The Nightstand
• Knit Me Happy
• Knitting Blogcast
• Blooming Knitter
• Knit 1 Geek 2
• Just One More Row
• That's Write
• Ladies of the Knit
• Robinz Nest
• The Book Pod
• Worsted For Wear: A webcomic about knitters (ended 4/23/2014)
• Literary Disco
• Gantsilyo Guru Blog
• The Creative Penn
• The Author Biz Podcast
• Creative Yarn Entrepreneur Show

#crochet #knit #gantsilyo #knook #knooking