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snow*white
02-19-2008, 07:11 AM
plz i used to knit while the right needle under my
Armpit :oops: i feel shy to knit at any one

could u help me to corect my way to catch needle :aww:

i try to change it but failed :aww:

Ingrid
02-19-2008, 08:57 AM
Knit the way that's comfortable for you. Many people do knit with the needle under their arm, depending on where they were taught. If it works, why change?

knitgal
02-19-2008, 09:39 AM
Debbie Stoller, the author of the Stitch n' Bitch books also knits with a needle under her armpit- so it's cool- don't worry about it!

Newbie2Knitting
02-19-2008, 09:56 AM
I've read that Stephanie Pearl McPhee (the Yarn Harlot) also holds her needles this way when she's got a long enough needle. Helps her to do Irish Cottage Style knitting.

Nikkilc
02-19-2008, 10:52 AM
My mother and grandmothers all knitted holding needle under the arm i just cant do it
Your lucky you can:p

Mariblue
02-19-2008, 11:18 AM
Yep, Irish Cottage Knitting style can be really fast too. There's no shame in holding the needle under your arm! There are a lot of knitters who knit like this. :hug:
Check out this thread about the world's fastest knitter (http://www.knittinghelp.com/forum/showthread.php?t=61846&highlight=World%27s+Fastest) , there is some discussion about how she hold's the right needle under her arm.

knitpurlgurl
02-19-2008, 01:08 PM
I've read that Stephanie Pearl McPhee (the Yarn Harlot) also holds her needles this way when she's got a long enough needle. Helps her to do Irish Cottage Style knitting.

Okay, I just watched a video (http://www.archive.org/details/irishcottageknitting) of Stephanie knitting in her irish cottage style knitting and it BLEW ME AWAY! :notworthy: I cannot believe how fast she can knit like that! I would love to learn this technique! Anyone else knit the same way the Yarn Harlot does?

psquidy
02-19-2008, 01:47 PM
How DO they do it with circulars?

Mariblue
02-19-2008, 01:51 PM
Here's a page that talks about how to do this, she calls it Lever Action Knitting (http://www.heartstringsfiberarts.com/leverstyle.shtm), but it is essentially how Stephanie Pearl McPhee holds her needles.
I knit like that too (with circs or double pointed needles), my mom taught me. With longer straight needles, then I hold the right needle under my arm. :thumbsup:

Nikkilc
02-19-2008, 02:00 PM
That is just how my late grandma's knitted and they where almost as fast as her, its funny apart from them and my mum i have never seen anyone knit like it before.
Brings back memory's:)

knitpurlgurl
02-19-2008, 02:09 PM
Here's a page that talks about how to do this, she calls it Lever Action Knitting (http://www.heartstringsfiberarts.com/leverstyle.shtm), but it is essentially how Stephanie Pearl McPhee holds her needles.
I knit like that too (with circs or double pointed needles), my mom taught me. With longer straight needles, then I hold the right needle under my arm. :thumbsup:

Stephanie does a take on lever arch knitting.. but she holds her needles perpendicular to each other and her right hand barely moves... I'd love to see her do a demo for a class or something. No one else around me knits like she does. Boy would I love to knit this efficiently. Think of all of the NEW projectsI could start...

cftwo
02-19-2008, 02:56 PM
I knit (when the needles are long enough) with one needle sitting against my leg. The needles end up being perpendicular this way. I can knit pretty quickly like this, but I think this method means that knitting with dpns is tough for me. I'm trying 2 circulars now, and hope that works better for me. But do what works!