How knitters use crochet hooks. Discuss.

I'm puzzled by this question/answer between a reader of southern Oregon's Mail Tribune and the staff that answers reader questions. The reader asked why knitters should keep a crochet hook handy, and the answer is that the staff has no idea why.

I'm a knitter, too, though I'm certainly no expert. I've used a crochet hook in a knitting project to put a single crochet edging around the too-wide neck of a simple poncho. And many knitting books list crochet hooks among the tools to keep handy, along with stitch markers, tapestry needles, scissors, etc.

Crochet hooks can be used to pick up dropped stitches, and I'm pretty sure I've even knit using one needle and one hook (in a class with Lily Chin at a conference last fall. No, I don't exactly remember how, but I'm sure you could figure it out if you try).

I'm sure many of you, dear readers, also knit. Have you used a crochet hook to help you along, or have you heard of crochet hooks being put to good use in knitting?

Please discuss.

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