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Old 05-06-2013, 02:49 AM   #1
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OK - how do you Yanks actually KNIT ...?
Having watched one of this site's videos for help with long-tail CO, I realise that if how she knits is how you all do, it's no wonder one of the respondents to a thread I'm in didn't know what I meant when I said I crochet like single-needle-knitting!
I'm gen-yoo-winely interested to learn if this is the way Americans knit!
We who were taught a thousand years ago - probably in the English fashion, I would imagine - do it really differently!
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Old 05-06-2013, 04:19 AM   #2
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I knit English style with the yarn in my right hand. Is that what you meant?
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Old 05-06-2013, 08:39 AM   #3
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The two most common ways are Continental and "English", or throwing.

With Continental, the yarn is held in the left hand, and the right needle slides through the loop and 'grabs' the yarn and pulls it through. Crocheters tend to prefer this style since they're used to holding the yarn in the left hand.

The English, or throwing, method has the yarn in the right hand. The right needle is inserted into the loop, and the yarn is wrapped (or thrown if your fast, I imagine) around the right tip and pulled through. Usually the yarn is wrapped around the right hand in such a way that you don't have to actually hold it between your fingertips, though that is how the whole process is taught.

Some people plant the left needle on their leg and work the right needle.

There are other methods out there, some unique to the individual, but all have the same results, thankfully.
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I knit German style and I am Canadian and American. My former knitting friend who is American knits Combination.

I met a German lady who lives over here that knits English style.

My mom knits German style. Her mother knits English. HER mother knitted German style (her parents were Swiss/German.) Confused, yet? Lol
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Originally Posted by N0obKnitter View Post
I knit German style and I am Canadian and American. My former knitting friend who is American knits Combination.

I met a German lady who lives over here that knits English style.

My mom knits German style. Her mother knits English. HER mother knitted German style (her parents were Swiss/German.) Confused, yet? Lol


I don't remember how my grandmother knitted. I just know she taught me to knit English style. This website taught me continental.
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My great grandma taught my mom (I think.) I'm fairly certain she taught her how to hook, too.
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I knit German style and I am Canadian and American.
What is German style? The terms German and American are so rarely used I can't keep them straight.

I'm a former crocheter, but I prefer to knit English style with my working yarn in my right hand. I can knit continental as well and use both styles for fair isle.
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Originally Posted by Jan in CA View Post
What is German style? The terms German and American are so rarely used I can't keep them straight.

I'm a former crocheter, but I prefer to knit English style with my working yarn in my right hand. I can knit continental as well and use both styles for fair isle.
German = Continental. The term Continental Is kind of a PC term/euphemism that started during world war 2...I think.
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Originally Posted by N0obKnitter View Post
German = Continental. The term Continental Is kind of a PC term/euphemism that started during world war 2...I think.
Great minds...
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Originally Posted by Jan in CA View Post
What is German style? The terms German and American are so rarely used I can't keep them straight.

I'm a former crocheter, but I prefer to knit English style with my working yarn in my right hand. I can knit continental as well and use both styles for fair isle.

German = Continental. I read it was known as German knitting but fell out of favor around the time of WWII and was resurrected with a new name. Something like that. A rose by any other name ... I believe American = English, go figger. It's called that in at least some of knit freedom's videos, I've come across it other places too.
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