Originally Posted by five_six
i guess sometimes i can be a little too influenced by other people who think i knit 'the wrong way' (which i intellectually know doesn't exist), but the pressure to be a continental knitter can sometimes be great.
Funny, I think it's more often the other way around.
Maybe not on this forum, but generally. To be honest, since most US knitters are throwers, one of the reasons I chose conti was because I liked the idea of doing things a little differently than the majority.
For those who have trouble doing conti, but would like to learn, I think any new skill is bound to be awkward and fatiguing at first, but will get easier with practice. (Not that I think everyone should convert, because then I wouldn't be special anymore!
) When I tried combination for the first time (to get more even tension for flat stockinette, ribbing, and other knit-purl stitch patterns), I really had a hard time getting my fingers to purl differently. Now I can switch back and forth (conti and combo) with no problem. Still haven't tried English, though.