View Full Version : bringing up continental vs. English again esp for Rebecca

10-03-2006, 11:11 AM
Hi! Rebecca you probably can answer this very well...

a few weeks ago there was the discussion about continental vs. English and I said I do continental sometimes now when I'm doing big simple things coz it goes faster. Then I really started flying with it but only the knit side!

When it's the purl side (stockinette we're talking here) I find I just can't do it. I watched Amy's video again. I was doing it wrong so I was twisting the stitch... How the heck do you hold the yarn with one finger and then push it down with the middle finger like she does? Do you do that?
I just find it impossible to do. But continental knitting was hard for me at one point and now it's so easy so what's the answer! ha

Any special trick you do or do you do it like Amy does it?

10-03-2006, 11:15 AM
I pretty much do it like Amy does it, but you might like the Norwegian method better. It might take a couple of times watching the video to get it, but it's pretty cool!

10-03-2006, 11:54 AM
I was a Continental purler, but I had been knitting round stockinette on my socks and when I tried to do the ribbing, my purl was too awkward. I switched to Norwegian (I have in the past said that Norwegian was too much movement) and have been much happier. I finished my socks and started a Scrunchable Scarf, and I'm still happy with the Norwegian. Go figure. :shrug:

10-03-2006, 02:39 PM
Hey! I will try to explain my method of purling. I'm the only one here, so my photos are not using both hands, but I'll try explaining with them anyway :wink:
I wrap my yarn in the same way that Amy does. I insert the righthand needle into the left to purl but, when I purl I don't use my middle finger to push the st thru the loop, rather I have the yarn wrapped around my index finger and I 'sweep' the yarn around the righthand needle. I go over and around it in one quick motion. I will try to show you now with photos.
LOL, please ignore the dry skin from much knitting :wink:

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y119/rebeccame/th_step1insertneedle.jpg (http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y119/rebeccame/step1insertneedle.jpg) needle inserted

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y119/rebeccame/th_step2beginningofthesweep.jpg (http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y119/rebeccame/step2beginningofthesweep.jpg) here I am beginning to sweep the yarn over the righthand needle, of course, my fingers aren't positioned as they are in the picture when I'm knitting, I was trying to keep the needles together and take the picture :wink:

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y119/rebeccame/th_moreof2.jpg (http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y119/rebeccame/moreof2.jpg) the sweep around the needles continues

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y119/rebeccame/th_step2contyarnisaroundneedle.jpg (http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y119/rebeccame/step2contyarnisaroundneedle.jpg) yarn has been 'swept' around the needles, I do this in one quick action

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y119/rebeccame/th_step3yarnisallthewayaroundneedlerea.jpg (http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y119/rebeccame/step3yarnisallthewayaroundneedlerea.jpg) purl st ready to come off of the left hand needle

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y119/rebeccame/th_purlstcomplete.jpg (http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y119/rebeccame/purlstcomplete.jpg) purl st is complete

Did that make sense?
I don't know exactly how I picked this up, either, one day I just found myself purling this way and it's quite fast.

10-03-2006, 03:17 PM
I do it just like Becka :D

10-03-2006, 06:03 PM
I do it like Rebecca too.. :D

10-04-2006, 11:59 AM
Ha ha hey those photos are GREAT! Thanks so much for taking the time to post them (and take them!)

Ok. I will go and try this today. Also will check out the norwegian way.
I think I was sort of doing what you do in the pix but I was twisting the stitch (like Amy shows in one of her videos). try try try.....

will get back to you thanks all!

10-04-2006, 01:42 PM
Vic, I promise, you are going to be purling along and all of a sudden it is going to 'click' and you will find your rhthym (however it's comfy and natural for you) and not even realize it and you will purl away quite comfortably :cheering:

And, you are quite welcome, I was quite happy to take the photos :wink: