Make Your First Scarf On Your Morning Commute with the Knook
The Benefits of Knook
Boredom is hell in my book. The utter lack of mental stimulation and interest is enough to drive people insane, and what better place for boredom than a long commute or a long stay in the DMV waiting room? Luckily, there's an easy cure: crafts.
Not only do you create something during your long bus rides, but crafts like knitting and crocheting have a lot of lasting health benefits like reducing stress, and fighting cognitive aging. It's a cost-effective way to entertain yourself on the commute while making something beautiful.
My favorite craft for traveling is the knook, a combination of knitting and crocheting. Even though it feels like knitting and creates the knit stitch, there isn't the risk of the crochet needle slipping out and getting lost on a crowded bus, or jabbing someone with a knitting needle. It's great for small projects that can easily fit into a small bag that's easy to carry around.
Your First Knook Pattern
This is a really easy pattern for beginner knookers. It also works as a knitting pattern if you enjoy knitting as well. The knook you need for this pattern is included in the Knook Beginner Set shown on the left. It includes instructions and patterns as well as three different sized knooks with brightly colored cords. It's what I learned on and still use today and I highly recommend this set.
What you need is:
- One H-8 (5.0 mm) knook with cord
- 1 skein of 100% cotton yarn
Chain 14 stitches and slip them on the knook.
Use back stitch and knit to desired length.