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Old 04-28-2013, 09:10 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by GrumpyGramma View Post
I haven't figured it out yet but some people like it. You might try the combination purl and wrap the yarn backwards. It was easier in some ways when I was first learning and the stitches are tighter. It twists the stitches so you knit in the back loop to untwist them on the next row. As you're determined to get it, I'm sure you will. Something will work. I'll keep trying to do purls English style. I share your frustration.

How you hold the yarn in your left hand can make a difference too. Try different ways of doing it.
I was taught Continental knitting when I was a young girl by a gal who learned it from her German grandmother. Most Continental knitters use their left index finger. The girl taught me to use my middle finger. It took me a long time to figure out I had been doing it "wrong" all these years. I still use my middle finger. I find I can tension the yarn with my middle finger then lift the yarn up and to the front of the needle easily with my index finger. It makes switching back and forth between knit and purl easy.
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