View Full Version : Continental Knitting conversion

04-12-2009, 10:48 AM
I am a Continental Knitter and the pattern I am working on says to, "Knit through the back loop." That is the nornal way of knitting with continental, so does anyone know what I am supposed to do?

04-12-2009, 11:29 AM
It shouldn't be normal for continental style, but is normal for combination style. Check this site (http://www.anniemodesitt.com) and see if that's how you knit.

Jan in CA
04-12-2009, 12:00 PM
Continental knitting is holding the working yarn in your left hand.

English knitting is holding the working yarn in your right hand.

Combination knitters can be either continental or english. It's the stitch that is different. Knitting through the back loop creates a twisted stitch so "normal" knitting is knitting is through the front loop. There's nothing wrong with combination knitting you just have to learn how to do things differently and it'll cause some issues with patterns like you're having, but it can be done.

There is a PDF here that explains how to change some of the knitting issues in combination knitting. According the chart you'd knit through the front loop to twist the stitch.

04-13-2009, 08:32 AM
Thank you for the reply!

04-13-2009, 08:33 AM
Yes, I do think I must be a combination knitter, I am still trying to figure out this knit stitch in this pattern. Thank you.

04-13-2009, 09:57 AM
You can knit the stitch through the front loop instead. It twists the other direction but it really doesn't matter as long as it's a twisted stitch.