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Old 04-05-2010, 08:25 AM   #5
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We linked to the same video showing Eastern combined. Good to know that at least *someone* agrees with me that it is different from Eastern uncrossed. The discussion seems to agree with me that there is inconsistency in nomenclature. I think perhaps all we who hold the yarn in the left hand are seen as oddities by those who only knit English? They don't see the distinctions, perhaps?

Actually I didn't know what to call my knitting until someone else named it for me. I learned English when very young, 1960's. But when a teen, I saw a woman (mother directly from Poland) going so fast it blew me away. I picked up the knit stitch from just watching her. But she had to teach me the purl stitch. It only took a short while and my knitting was going much faster than it had been.

I confess following written patterns can be tricky if the pattern is very complex, because most instructions are written for Western style knitting. You have to "translate" it to be sure the slant is correct on decreases, usually I k2tog where patterns call for ssk, and vice versa. If it is *really* complex (Elzebeth Lavold cables for instance) I do it first in Eng, then switch it over to my method. Not because Eng is inherently easier, rather just because most instructions are written for it and not Eastern.

BTW, Mary Thomas' book on the basics of knitting (she only had 2 books, from what I've read) has really ood explanations of each. It predated most other popular books, having been written back in the '30's. How accurate Soloman was when he said, "there is nothing new under the sun."

Happy knitting all! I didn't want to confuse Anise, I thought perhaps a comparison to uncrossed would illustrate the "combined"

Also, while this method is fastest for me, I've seen the lady who set the world record, beating out the Guinness record holder -- and she knits English style. There don't seem to be any absolutes, either!
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