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Vertigo1414
07-13-2009, 12:45 AM
The girls and i were talking at our knitting night recentaly and we all noticed we all knit english style, i'm just wonder what the english to contentinal ratio is.

mathwizard
07-13-2009, 08:23 AM
At my knitting group I know some of us do it English and the rest continental. I watch them occasionally and see how fast they go. I have been teaching myself the continental way using the videos on the site. It is faster but throws my gauge way off.
My mother taught me to knit and I throw my stitches/English way. With English I have perfect gauge and seldom have to do a gauge swatch. But faster is nice and knitting for me I love but it is slower going with English.

Simply_Renee
07-13-2009, 10:07 AM
I knit continental, but now that I think about it maybe I should have said "both" because when I work Fair Isle I carry a color in each hand.

I only know one other continental knitter- everybody else in my knitting groups knit English. I recently taught 2 ladies to knit that are avid crocheters, & they find continental easier because they're used to holding the yarn in their left anyway.

As far as whatever is fastest- the fastest knitter in our group knits English. I knit continental faster but it might be because I don't have as much practice with English.

Whatever works! ;)

Jan in CA
07-13-2009, 12:07 PM
I said both. I recently taught myself continental because it's easier for ribbing and double knitting and I also do two handed fair isle.

The sweater I'm knitting right now I'm doing in english style though because my tension is still better doing it that way. I'm not sure if I'll ever switch over to continental for all my knitting. English is still the most comfortable for me.

Oh and someone is bound to say that continental is better...it's NOT. It's just a different way to do things and you should do what you're comfortable with and what works for you.

auntcrafty
07-13-2009, 12:58 PM
Started knitting english, which was uncomfortable and my stitches were too tight. Thru the videos on this site, taught myself how to do continental. This method of knitting suits me best -- gauge is better and my hands don't hurt because I'm more relaxed.

Knitcook
07-13-2009, 01:47 PM
I'm a lefty so continental works better for me.

cindycactus
07-13-2009, 01:52 PM
I voted English. I use the English method just because that is the way I was taught. I tried several times to learn the Continental method but just can't get it. I thought it would be easy as I also crochet and hold my thread in the left hand but I just can't seem to do it with knitting.

sakura-panda
07-13-2009, 02:05 PM
I knit English but I want to try Continental sometime and see what I think of it. :)

luvmykid28
07-13-2009, 02:05 PM
I voted English style, I learned this way. I've gotten pretty fast at it over the past year and my gauge is always good. I've thought about trying continental just for the heck of it. I'm happy with English. :knitting: :knitting:

Jan in CA
07-13-2009, 02:23 PM
I thought it would be easy as I also crochet and hold my thread in the left hand but I just can't seem to do it with knitting.

That seems to be a common misconception. I know many crocheters who couldn't knit continental (including myself) so they knit english. I can now knit continental, but the stitches are looser and less even still so I do large projects in english.

Mike
07-13-2009, 02:47 PM
That seems to be a common misconception. I know many crocheters who couldn't knit continental (including myself) so they knit english. I can now knit continental, but the stitches are looser and less even still so I do large projects in english.

My great niece started with crochet and knits English.
But then again I taught her English because that's how she crochets.
I'm going to remember to get a video of that one of these days.

melmac51
07-13-2009, 03:39 PM
I am a lefty. I crochet left-handed, but I knit right-handed (go figure). I was taught to knit in the English method. Haven't tried Continental yet, but will some day.

LadyFirelyght
07-13-2009, 05:45 PM
I know how to do both, but I hate knitting English. For me, it's slow, my hand gets sore too quickly, gauge is off, and I end up dropping the yarn too much.

So, I knit Continental. I do not hold my yarn how all the knitting books suggest, as that also leads to hand fatigue. I wrap the yarn around my middle finger and use my index finger and thumb to manipulate it. Little movements keep my knitting going fast :D