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Old 04-25-2013, 08:52 AM   #1
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Continental purling
I am teaching myself continental knitting and I am gonna keep trying even if it kills me I hate when I can't do something. I almost got down the knit st I am having a hard time with the purling. I have been watching Amy's videos over and over again and I still can't seem to get the hang of it. I am working on a pattern that looks almost like a checker board and I need to k2 p2 for two rows and then p2 k2 for two rows. It's taking forever because I am an English knitter. Is there another method of purling that is not on this website?
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Old 04-25-2013, 09:24 AM   #2
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You're wanting another method for purling Continental? Some people find Norwegian purling easier. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svYII4xxe2I I haven't gotten the hang of it myelf.
I knit Continental and have trouble purling English.
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Old 04-25-2013, 09:37 AM   #3
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I will try that but that looks even more difficult lol
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Old 04-25-2013, 09:49 AM   #4
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This is the method I use for Continental purling:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6XBTxJfggU

There are MANY methods that you can try. Keep going and eventually you'll find the one that's right for you!!!

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Old 04-25-2013, 10:18 AM   #5
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I got it!!! I use my thumb instead of my middle or pointer finger. It's different but it works. I now am knitting continental not that fast but I am gonna practice all day

I am just glad the kids are at school. MY house is a mess but I am knitting That is way more important.
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Old 04-25-2013, 10:19 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by HeathersHobbies View Post
I got it!!! I use my thumb instead of my middle or pointer finger. It's different but it works. I now am knitting continental not that fast but I am gonna practice all day

I am just glad the kids are at school. MY house is a mess but I am knitting That is way more important.



Congratulations!!!!!
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Old 04-25-2013, 11:01 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by HeathersHobbies View Post
I got it!!! I use my thumb instead of my middle or pointer finger. It's different but it works. I now am knitting continental not that fast but I am gonna practice all day

I am just glad the kids are at school. MY house is a mess but I am knitting That is way more important.
I actually saw a video of someone purling continental that way and am thinking about trying it. I use the Norwegian purl. I learned it when I learned continental and it is easier for me to not have to move the yarn forward, or my finger for that matter.

Great job on getting it!!! Congrats
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Originally Posted by HeathersHobbies View Post
I will try that but that looks even more difficult lol
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.
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Old 04-28-2013, 09:10 PM   #9
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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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this is the video that made the most sense to me,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AI7JS4hn1PY

never knew there were so many different ways to knit
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