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saracidaltendencies
09-23-2008, 09:33 PM
After reading through many of the posts in which different knitting styles are discussed I thought it would be interesting to see how we all knit! So, I made a short video of me knitting (special repeated appearance by my son...lol)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18oFiBJI7-0

MoniDew
09-23-2008, 09:43 PM
Do you actually accomplish any knitting? I mean with your little one clammoring for his share of the attention and all! :roflhard:
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suzeeq
09-23-2008, 10:34 PM
That's pretty much how I knit, though I don't have a `production assistant' hanging around....

Moxiemade
09-23-2008, 10:40 PM
After reading through many of the posts in which different knitting styles are discussed I thought it would be interesting to see how we all knit! So, I made a short video of me knitting (special repeated appearance by my son...lol)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18oFiBJI7-0

You knit just exactly like me. What a silly kiddo you have, lol. :teehee:

saracidaltendencies
09-23-2008, 11:26 PM
Do you actually accomplish any knitting? I mean with your little one clammoring for his share of the attention and all! :roflhard:


:teehee: Believe it or not, i actually do! Most of the time he doesn't interrupt me so much, but, when the camera is out, the kids just HAVE to make their debut...haha

Jan in CA
09-23-2008, 11:49 PM
That's pretty much how I knit, though I don't have a `production assistant' hanging around....
:roflhard:

Same here. ;)

saracidaltendencies
09-24-2008, 12:12 AM
Oh, forgot to mention in my original post that if you have videos or want to make one, please share, I love seeing the different ways each knitter knits!

Jan in CA
09-24-2008, 01:15 AM
I'll have to see if my camera takes okay movies, if so then I'll share one.

Mike
09-24-2008, 03:13 AM
When I tried English it didn't work anywhere near that smooth. That doesn't look as bad as when I tried it.

I threw this one together.
It's double knitting socks. My regular knitting is basically the same but only using the index finger and moving it like the middle finger.

I had it lightened up but when You tube processed it they made it dark again.
Maybe I'll mess around with it tomorrow. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsyPd6U7_Cs

ETA, the watermark on the video is from the compression program I'm trying, it's for me to buy not you.

ArtLady1981
09-24-2008, 03:28 AM
Your youtube video clip should have been titled: "This is how I parent!" [Patient & loving!]

Thanks for the link! I enjoyed it, and I found a few others that were very good too!

Karina
09-24-2008, 04:56 AM
Love the videos. my kids are the same, as soon as the camera is out they all line up and pose or put a toy in front of the lens etc etc.

Mike when I watched your video there was some sort of writing in front of it and said I could get rid of the writing if I purchased some program or other. Well I did not buy the program, was just wondering if it has to do with your video or my computer. Never had that before.

Don't have a camcorder at the moment so can't share.

Knit4Pie
09-24-2008, 05:54 AM
My knitting is like Demonica's, complete with the occasional "help" from my 4-year-old helper LOL.

She likes to put her face right into my knitting, and then I stop because I'm afraid of poking her eye out.

Mirl56
09-24-2008, 06:34 AM
I am also in Demonica's camp - well, minus the cute as can be assistant.

LovelyLinda
09-24-2008, 07:19 AM
I also knit similarly to Demonica, however my DD is now 11 so I don't have the same parenting issues.

Karina: my computer had the same message on that video as well. I've never seen it before so I didn't watch the entire video.

miccisue
09-24-2008, 07:33 AM
I don't knit like ANYBODY here.:waah: All the videos have people with the yarn wrapped around their fingers in some way....and I don't know how to do that. My teacher never taught me how to do it. So, my working yarn is basically laying there and I literally pick it up and throw it....no "wrapping" involved.

Now I need to learn how to get the yarn around my fingers, and wrap it so it moves fluidly and doesn't get "stuck". I think it would be a lot quicker (and a LOT easier on my shoulder!) than the way I do it.

Is the wrapping bit hard to learn if you've knit for years without using it????????

LovelyLinda
09-24-2008, 07:43 AM
I don't think it would be hard to pick up the wraping style of knitting but like any new thing it would just take a while for it to become habit. There are lots of different wrapping styles and people just use the one that suits them or how they were originally taught.

Any of the how-to knitting books will show the basic wrap style and you could check out the videos on this site.

Give a try and see if you like it. Good luck.:clink:

Karina
09-24-2008, 07:52 AM
miccisue have you watched the videos on KH Amy have made both English and continental knitting videos. I do continental and can't for the life of me get my head around English.

knitpurlgurl
09-24-2008, 08:31 AM
I throw as well, but don't wrap in that way.. I just hold the yarn between my thumb and index finger and it gives me complete tension control.. unfortunately it also slows me down and I have to take more frequent breaks because of the position of my fingers - but it works for me. :)

BTW- Love the kiddo! My 3 yo daughter is about the same way. I gave her scrap yarn and one of my looms and she just wraps yarn in random patterns around the loom while I knit. That way, she 'knits' too and we make a game out of it.

mwhite
09-24-2008, 08:49 AM
Patience....I say it takes lots trying to tape with your assistant! Great thread!!!

knitgal
09-24-2008, 09:09 AM
I also knit like Demonica, except that my left hand pretty much does nothing and my right hand does all the work.

What are you knitting Demonica?

saracidaltendencies
09-24-2008, 09:16 AM
In that video I was working on a drawstring black and red purse. I think I managed to finish it that day too! :teehee:

sue in canada
09-24-2008, 09:41 AM
I knit the same way as the Yarn Harlot in this video. I think it is called Irish cottage knitting.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6GyMTjkRx0&feature=related

Jan in CA
09-24-2008, 10:33 AM
Sue, that video just goes to an interview. I've seen the one you are referring to, but I couldn't find it.

suzeeq
09-24-2008, 10:46 AM
You can try threading the yarn through your fingers if you knit english style. Will have to try to get some videos of that, as well as my knitting style, and how I do the half Magic loop variation.

tarrentella
09-24-2008, 11:07 AM
i knit the Continental style (despite actually being English). I think i have a fairly conventional method, although i do use my index finger to sort of flick the yarn around the needle.

here is a video, sorry it is a little wobbly and there is no sound. I had to use a webcam actually sat on my shoulder!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25ZSG3A_3zs

Mike
09-24-2008, 11:18 AM
Love the videos. my kids are the same, as soon as the camera is out they all line up and pose or put a toy in front of the lens etc etc.

Mike when I watched your video there was some sort of writing in front of it and said I could get rid of the writing if I purchased some program or other. Well I did not buy the program, was just wondering if it has to do with your video or my computer. Never had that before.

Don't have a camcorder at the moment so can't share.

That is from the trial version of software that I used to compress it.
You buying it won't help (unless you're buying it for me :) ).

I have Windows 98 and the software that came for my camera only works on XP and up.
$30 seems steep to me since that was the first time I've had any use for it and YouTube changed the contrast edits I did.

If I don't compress the video instead of 6mb that one would be 71mb.

Crycket
09-24-2008, 11:20 AM
I don't knit like ANYBODY here.:waah: All the videos have people with the yarn wrapped around their fingers in some way....and I don't know how to do that.

Me too...I have always wanted to wrap, but it just doesn`t feel right...so be my picking up the yarn every stitch....

I don`t think it is deficient or anything, I have just always figured that that is the way I knit, and likely will always knit....

Karina
09-24-2008, 11:52 AM
Since my knitting looks like knitting I don't really worry about how I do it. It is interesting and fun though to see all the variations on the simple knitted stitch.

thanks for that Mike, at least I know it is not something I did.

sue in canada
09-24-2008, 12:19 PM
Jan: She is knitting while she is talking. I chose that one because she is knitting at my speed.

beldaraan
09-24-2008, 02:54 PM
I am a dead ringer for Amy's Continental Knitting Video. It's how I learned to knit :cool:

It's almost the same as tarrentella's video except she wraps the yarn around the right side and Amy goes around the left side. I don't know if that makes a difference, but there it is.

Moxiemade
09-24-2008, 04:34 PM
I throw as well, but don't wrap in that way.. I just hold the yarn between my thumb and index finger and it gives me complete tension control.. unfortunately it also slows me down and I have to take more frequent breaks because of the position of my fingers - but it works for me. :)
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That's how I first knit up until about a week ago. I held the yarn between my thumb and index finger and had very good, if not too tight, tension. But I was slow. So there was a recent post here about speed and that day I sat with some yarn and needles and just experimented for the longest time with holding the yarn different ways. Most ways was very awkward but when I found a way that was only a little awkward I decided to keep that up and after awhile the awkwardness of it went away. The yarn is draped over my index finger near the tip but it's not really wrapped around any other fingers, it's still sort of clutched in my palm. The tension is still good, but I'm making a concerted effort to loosen up. It's still not super fast, but definitely faster than when I was just clutching it with my thumb and index finger.

tgwillis
09-24-2008, 06:47 PM
I knit the same way as the Yarn Harlot in this video. I think it is called Irish cottage knitting.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6GyMTjkRx0&feature=related

I would really love to knit like that, here is a video that really shows it good.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBA_qsY9KhQ&feature=related

March_girl16
09-24-2008, 09:23 PM
I tried knitting like that, and It was a bit faster. I never really saw anyone that I know knit likt that.

Puddinpop
09-24-2008, 09:23 PM
Sophie, I see one of your fingers go over the needles and then two go over the needles and I can't see what you are doing. Everyone is so fast. I am not familiar with the yarn harlot. Is she blind? She never looks at her work.

threesmom
09-24-2008, 09:30 PM
That kind of interesting - I knit continental, but I don't knit like tarrentella. I didn't think it could be all that different. hmmm....

I have to say, Demonica, your son is doing EXACTLY what my kids would do if I were to do such a thing ... kind of like waiting to shout until I'm on the phone:roll: I sound just like that when I'm pleading with them to stop:teehee: . So glad I'm not the only one...

And do you have a shot of the finished project???

Jan in CA
09-24-2008, 09:40 PM
Here is the video of the Yarn Harlot doing Irish Cottage Knitting.
http://www.archive.org/details/irishcottageknitting


Jan: She is knitting while she is talking. I chose that one because she is knitting at my speed.

Wow, Sue! That's cool!

saracidaltendencies
09-24-2008, 09:59 PM
I have to say, Demonica, your son is doing EXACTLY what my kids would do if I were to do such a thing ... kind of like waiting to shout until I'm on the phone:roll: I sound just like that when I'm pleading with them to stop:teehee: . So glad I'm not the only one...

And do you have a shot of the finished project???


hahaha...Ahh yes, the phone thing...:teehee: I just about don't call anyone anymore during the day because it's IMPOSSIBLE to hold a conversation! lol

And I do have a couple pics of the finished purse! They're not the greatest pics, but, they get the idea across...lol

Eekee
09-24-2008, 11:04 PM
I've never seen a video of the way I knit. Well, I knit continental, but I purl a continental/combination sort of way. I purl through the back loop, and scoop the yarn the wrong way. No wrapping or pushing needed. It seats the stitches backwards, but when I'm in the round doing ribbing, I never have to turn them back around. And if I'm knitting flat, I can just knit them through the back to straighten them. It's very fast and requires the absolute minimum of motion and strain.

I'll have to make a video someday. :lol:

luvmykid28
09-24-2008, 11:27 PM
I knit the same way as the Yarn Harlot in this video. I think it is called Irish cottage knitting.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6GyMTjkRx0&feature=related
Ok I have only recently heard of the Harlot and I've never seen her, until today. Wow she knits fast and without even looking. Maybe someday i will be able to do that. (only been knitting 3 months). BTW I knit English style and haven't mastered wrapping the yarn around my fingers. when I try, I get all tense and my fingers cramp and ache. This is what happened the 1st time i tried to learn to knit a few years ago and gave up, because I wasn't finding it relaxing.

luvmykid28
09-24-2008, 11:35 PM
Cute bag. I can't wait to start a project like that.

knitpurlgurl
09-25-2008, 08:04 AM
I wish I could 'flick.' I guess as long as you knit - it's all good! :knitting:

tarrentella
09-25-2008, 08:17 AM
Sophie, I see one of your fingers go over the needles and then two go over the needles and I can't see what you are doing. Everyone is so fast. I am not familiar with the yarn harlot. Is she blind? She never looks at her work.

When you say one of my fingers which one? I tend to control the working yarn with the index finger of my left hand and support the right needle and stitches i have just worked with my right index finger and sometimes a litle of my middle finger.

I am a dead ringer for Amy's Continental Knitting Video. It's how I learned to knit :cool:

It's almost the same as tarrentella's video except she wraps the yarn around the right side and Amy goes around the left side. I don't know if that makes a difference, but there it is.


How do you meen going to the left and to the right? i'm interested as i learnt how to knit watching the videos on here too. It is surprising how quickly you can adapt to your own style.

shelluie
09-25-2008, 09:27 AM
That is what I do too! I have tried again and again to learn how to hold the yarn over my fingers so I can just smoothly hook it over, but fail every time! I'm crying right with ya!

Puddinpop
09-25-2008, 11:33 AM
Sophie,
Your left index finger goes over and then your left two fingers go over. I need to film myself and have you tell me what type knitting I do. I am left-handed and my grandmother taught me years ago and she was right-handed. Apparently, it was difficult for her to teach me, but she did.

Puddinpop
09-25-2008, 11:36 AM
Demonica, I love the bag you knitted, also. Is that I-cord drawstrings?

saracidaltendencies
09-25-2008, 12:10 PM
Thank you! Yep, they are i-cord.

cheley
09-25-2008, 12:27 PM
Yep, that's how I do it too (knitting)....and keeping a "kid" out of my face at the same time:frog: but I never put my project down....cause either the cats or "the kid" will try and finish it for me:hug:

beldaraan
09-25-2008, 02:59 PM
How do you meen going to the left and to the right? i'm interested as i learnt how to knit watching the videos on here too. It is surprising how quickly you can adapt to your own style.

In your video you bring your yarn under the right needle and wrap it over top from right to left.

In Amy's video, she brings the yarn over the right needle and wraps over top from left to right.

It is really neat to see that knitting can happen in so many different ways. My best friend that I knit with knits the same way as I do, but she holds her yarn differently. I think it has more control than wrapping around the pinky, but it was hard for me to even make an attempt because I was so used to my way. If I really want to make the change (and I do), then I will have to sit down with a big ball of yarn and practice, practice, practice.

Crycket
09-25-2008, 03:06 PM
Ok...here it is...the way I knit...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICuM4BgjSBY

knitpurlgurl
09-25-2008, 03:23 PM
Ok...here it is...the way I knit...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICuM4BgjSBY

This is exactly how I knit!!

jdee
09-25-2008, 04:07 PM
Ok...here it is...the way I knit...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICuM4BgjSBY

Doesn't Lily Chin knit like that. I saw someone on Knitty Gritty using this same technique, and I think it was her.

lynn893
09-25-2008, 06:54 PM
I throw
(my cat out the door when he destroys my knitting) :roflhard:

hehehe, seriously, I knit the English method, although recently I've been trying the contenential style. My problem is I can't grasp the yarn properly....

does anyone have one of those little knitting songs for contenential knitting (starting with the wrap)?

saracidaltendencies
09-25-2008, 10:46 PM
Yeah, I've been practicing continental as well and while I can do it, it still feels so awkward...lol...The knitting part isn't so bad, I can do that pretty smoothly but purling, gah!

Lisa R.
09-26-2008, 08:23 AM
Oh, what a cutie! I knit the same way, except somehow I learned to hold the yarn around my index finger a slightly different way. Shortly into my knitting journey, I saw Amy's videos, in which I believe she holds it like you do---I tried it and can't do it...it's like there's not enough control or something.

But very similar. Tell Simon he has admirers online. :)

tokmom
09-26-2008, 09:34 AM
I knit the same way as the Yarn Harlot in this video. I think it is called Irish cottage knitting.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6GyMTjkRx0&feature=related

How do you knit and not look? That's amazing.

tokmom
09-26-2008, 09:35 AM
English knitter and knit like you do, Demonica.
I also have kids in my face, on my lap and sometimes a cat.:teehee:

suzeeq
09-26-2008, 10:48 AM
How do you knit and not look? That's amazing.

Just takes practice and something easy like all knit or all purl sts. Try it yourself with some scrap yarn... Knit a few rows, then look up, out the window or at tv, and knit a st without looking. Then another. You feel with the fingers of your left hand and the right hand knows how to make the movements (if you knit english). Try it and you might be surprised.

KnittingNat
09-26-2008, 04:49 PM
I knit Continental and i'll try to make a video tomorrow :) I can also knit without looking, but when it's plain knit or purl and NOT lace yarn :teehee:.

Samsam
09-26-2008, 05:08 PM
I knit like you :)

Mike
09-26-2008, 08:41 PM
Ok...here it is...the way I knit...


That's what my attempt at English looked like.
If I had tried a way that wrapped the finger I might have stayed with that way.

How do you knit and not look? That's amazing.

I've been practicing. I think that's how you do it, practice knitting without looking.

The main reason I get along with knitting better than crochet is because I don't have to look as hard. I can knit more colors than I can crochet.
Black and crochet is a sure migraine for me.

My sister has been crocheting so long she doesn't have to look.

Debkcs
09-26-2008, 10:27 PM
I knit conti also. Purling is much easier, and faster, as long as you don't allow your index finger to rise high when you get going. Noticed that's how the YH does it.

lynn893
09-27-2008, 12:16 AM
Ok...here it is...the way I knit...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICuM4BgjSBY

That is exactly the way I knit. :grphug:

jdee
09-28-2008, 09:37 AM
DH taped me knitting....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sS3P0eBiZAI

dustinac
09-28-2008, 09:50 AM
I love seeing how everyone knits, maybe I'll get dh to tape me this afternoon...I'm sure he knows what to do then to get it up on you tube...'cause I have no idea :rofl:

Ronda
09-29-2008, 07:58 AM
I knit the same way as the Yarn Harlot in this video. I think it is called Irish cottage knitting.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6GyMTjkRx0&feature=related

Good grief. She doesn't even LOOK at her knitting! You don't either? The minute I look away, I make a mistake!

Ronda
09-29-2008, 08:15 AM
Had I known about being a "flicker," I might not have ever switched to Continental (which was not easy for me, just saying).

suzeeq
09-29-2008, 10:14 AM
After you get more experienced, you find you may not need to look at your knitting either. But probably only on easy st patterns like stockinette or garter or rib. Trickier sts like lace need to be looked at.

Crycket
09-29-2008, 10:29 AM
This is fun...I love being able to hear everyones voice!

I can knit without looking. It is a sad tale, but I was able to knit at work, and although I could mindlessly stare out my box office window at the street (my projects for work were mainly socks...only really needing my attention at the heel)....I kept my face buried in my work, so that the ppl I didn't want to talk to around me would think I was deep in concentraition!

Isn't that horrible?