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Old 02-28-2013, 09:53 AM   #1
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left hand continental knitting
hi all am very new to this forum, but can anyone help me with a tutorial on how to do continental if left handed please
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Old 02-28-2013, 10:30 AM   #2
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Hi and welcome!
Here's a video that may help with knitting continental and lefty. Have you also considered learning continental kntting right-handed? It may make other directions and stitches easier to learn. This is a bit my bias since I'm a confirmed lefty who knits right-handed.
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Old 02-28-2013, 10:31 AM   #3
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Hi and welcome!
Here's a video that may help with knitting continental and lefty. Have you also considered learning continental knitting right-handed? It just may make other directions and stitches easier to learn. This is a bit my bias since I'm a confirmed lefty who knits right-handed.
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Old 02-28-2013, 04:38 PM   #4
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Hey, another one! I knit in the usual direction but my left hand does most of the work, if that makes any sense. Continental seems a whole lot more two-handed than English or shepherd's knitting.
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Hey, another one! I knit in the usual direction but my left hand does most of the work, if that makes any sense. Continental seems a whole lot more two-handed than English or shepherd's knitting.
What do you mean by "shepherd's knitting"? Is it the same as Tunisian crochet?
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What do you mean by "shepherd's knitting"? Is it the same as Tunisian crochet?
(ETA: There are about 25 other names for it: Portuguese knitting, cottage knitting...) No, it's when you use long needles (only excuse I've seen for the old 14" ones ), hold the one with the work under one arm and work the stitches with the other. The idea was that you could knit while walking and carrying stuff. The yarn usually goes in a large pocket, a belt holder or a tote bag over the shoulder. There are knitting pins made that you thread the yarn through to provide tension, but a lot of people who knit this way just throw the yarn around their necks to add a bit of drag.

This style is good for those who have had strokes or are missing a hand, since you don't have to be able to use the needle-holding arm at all as long as you are able to stick the blunt end of the needle into your armpit and use the arm's weight to hold it.
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From what I've seen cottage knitting seems to be just holding the yarn differently. I've heard the underarm thing is called armpit knitting. Portuguese knitting is using a when there is a pin or so ething to guide the working yarn. Sheperds knitting only comes up with Tunisian crochet at least for me.

Cottage knitting - YarnHarlot
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8o00u...%3D8o00ux6zPiE
Armpit knitting- Yarn Harlot
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P51GByV0H2w
Portuguese knitting
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzfYS9_t27k
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