Perhaps they were the first seeds that would later lead to my complete obsession with fiber and the possibilities of texture when combined with hook or needles. Check out how similar these patterns are to some of the crochet stitches used in my Rowan's Learn To Crochet Sampler Afghan! I love how most knitters assume that the basket weave MUST be knit.
|Knit Basket Weave|
|Crochet Basket Weave|
|Mystery Knit Stitch? (rotated 90deg rt.)|
|Crochet Spike Stitch|
Either way, he was taking an extended break from knitting by the time I was of an age to learn, likely why I ended up learning to crochet first. But he still has his Mon Tricot Knitting Dictionary, 1030 Stitches Patterns translated from French by Margaret Hamilton-Hunt in 1972 (hey! it's as old as me!).