Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 03-23-2013, 08:00 AM   #1
Tamar Dohel
Knitting the Flap
 
Tamar Dohel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Israel
Posts: 400
Thanks: 62
Thanked 51 Times in 46 Posts
To all knitters
Dear knitters,

I'm not sure if I should post this here or in the Lounge but I want to share my story with as many knitters as possible.

While I've been away a lot from this forum I've been busy knitting, learning and practicing a new skill - continental knitting.

I am writing this to encourage all the English knitters out there who want to master continental - it's possible! I've done it! It may take some time and practice but most of all persistence. Don't give up and have plenty of hand rests between. Do little and often.

I still use my right hand for knitting 2 together, binding off, eyelets, increasing, etc. but for straight knit or purl rows I can change hands whenever I like.

Best advantage: seed stitch and ribbing
I now actually enjoy ribbing or seeding!

However, I must point out that none of this could have been achieved if it wasn't for Amy, the videos and all you supporting knitters. Thank you.

Tamar Dohel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2013, 08:18 AM   #2
salmonmac
Moderator
Mod Squad
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Maryland
Posts: 8,851
Thanks: 665
Thanked 3,506 Times in 3,180 Posts
Good for you! That's great to learn continental and to be able to do english too. I think that you'll find it very useful when you do colorwork as well.
__________________
Knitting Help Videos Here!-
salmonmac is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2013, 08:38 AM   #3
AH1OZ
Knitting the Flap
 
AH1OZ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: ontario canada
Posts: 314
Thanks: 152
Thanked 103 Times in 87 Posts
yay!

I can't purl continental - i am a "combination" knitter... so while i purl with my left hand, i twist the stitches... i just can't figure out how to do it the proper way and do it as fast as I can!

my knitting speed doubled when i switched from english style to my combination style
__________________
I'm Amy... AC1OZ on ravelry
AH1OZ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2013, 05:46 PM   #4
Lizars1735
1st Leg of the Journey
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 135
Thanks: 24
Thanked 66 Times in 52 Posts
Good for you. I also recently taught myself continental, but I can only do it with the Norwegian purl. I've managed to do a regular continental purl with a p2tog, though.

Also, as a note into my first venture in colorwork using both English and Continental I noticed that my English stitches were much tighter than my continental stitches, and I'm not sure what to do about it other than to practice and get the English looser. It is something to watch out for.
Lizars1735 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2013, 05:55 PM   #5
Jan in CA
Moderator
Mod Squad
 
Jan in CA's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Southern CA
Posts: 37,348
Thanks: 1,683
Thanked 8,806 Times in 7,165 Posts
I learned both with the Noro striped scarf because its k1p1. It does make ribbing easier. I still use English primarily, but I use two hands for color work (fair isle) which makes that way faster and easier, too.

Good for you for learning another method.
__________________
Jan

When asking questions ALWAYS post the name and a link for the pattern if you have it.

NEW! KH knitting video archive
~HOW TO POST A PHOTO~

Jan in CA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2013, 06:27 PM   #6
GrumpyGramma
2nd Sock, I Rock
 
GrumpyGramma's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 8,322
Thanks: 2,088
Thanked 3,262 Times in 2,754 Posts
Tamar!

I'm a Continental knitter who has learned English. My English stitches are looser than my normal Continental ones and that makes for less than satisfactory results with color work. I'll keep practicing and learn to hold the yarn English style so that I get better tension. There's a project I have my heart set on doing in Fair Isle. It was almost impossible for me to learn to purl English and haven't yet managed the Norwegian style.
__________________
~ GG

Happiness is catching that dropped stitch while it's still fixable..

GrumpyGramma is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2013, 07:31 PM   #7
offgridgirl
Knitting the Flap
 
offgridgirl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: VI, B.C. Canada
Posts: 320
Thanks: 149
Thanked 129 Times in 96 Posts
I am also a continental knitter and have learned other techniques. I wear gloves which help. There are called handeze. I buy them smaller so that they are tight. They loosen as you go. I have learned to be a two hand-knitter but find it harder to do ribbing. I guess it's just what you get used to.
__________________
http://www.offgridfarms.com/forsaleitems.html
Giddy-up go fast!!
offgridgirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-2013, 12:17 PM   #8
AngelaR
Turning the Heel
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Texas
Posts: 870
Thanks: 25
Thanked 154 Times in 150 Posts
I still rely on Amy's videos when something is just not going well for me. They have saved many a project from me. And no, that is not bad grammar.
__________________
Angela
Knitting to keep my sanity. It's working... kinda...
OTN: Dr Watson's Cable Crew Neck
OTN: Writer's Cardigan
OTN: Hats!
http://www.ravelry.com/people/ARichter
AngelaR is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Experienced knitters advice to Beginning knitters wholycow General Knitting 12 10-07-2010 11:56 AM
Any knitters in MN knitwear Knitters Knear You 0 02-03-2010 01:07 PM
Hat Knitters - HELP PLEASE amyo How-to Questions 6 11-09-2008 03:33 PM
Any Knitters on Cape Cod?! Male Knitters kapekodchip Knitters Knear You 6 05-06-2008 12:13 PM
Advice for new knitters from new knitters quirky How-to Questions 2 02-13-2006 07:40 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:32 AM.