Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-05-2006, 05:58 PM   #1
mtlyga
Casting On
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 1
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
continental vs. English style knitting
I just returned from taking a class at the knitting national conference, and noted that the rest of the class were continental (and extremely fast) knitters. I use English (right hand thread) knitting/purling. I looked on your terrific web site and learned continental knitting, three different kinds of purling and made a swatch. However, now my purls are bigger than my knits (using either continental or norweigan purls), and so I get that unattractive ridging on my stockinette swatch. First question- should I persevere? just for speed? and 2. how do I reduce the size of my purl stitches so everything is smooth again.
mtlyga is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2006, 06:33 PM   #2
AidanM
Turning the Heel
 
AidanM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: The Boonies
Posts: 676
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
If you like English style knitting, and it's plenty fast enough for your tastes, then there's no reason to switch just because "everybody else is doing it." - We have lots of English knitters on the boards.

The only way I've found to even up my flat stockinette in Continental is to actually use the Combined method of purling where you wrap the yarn clockwise instead of counterclockwise (Counterclockwise is the way you ordinarily wrap the yarn) and then when you go down your knit row, you knit through the loop at the back of the needle because all of your stitches are twisted by the Combined purl and the Combined knit is meant to untwist them. The only thing about combined knitting is that you have to adapt all the increases and decreases because of the twisting and untwisting of the stitches - It causes the decreases and increases to lean differently.

All of this is quite a headache for me, so I prefer to knit in the round whenever possible or use garter stitch which Elizabeth Zimmerman was so fond of.
__________________
I'm a boy, by the way.

------Begin Knitter's Geek Code Block------

Version: 1.1

KCR Exp> Spm-> Bam+ Alu+ Syn+++ Nov--- Cot++ Wool++ Lux Hemp+ Stash++> Scale+> Fin@ Ent? FI !Int--- Tex+ Lace Felt- Flat Circ DPN Swatch- KIP++ SNB- EZ+++ FO> WIP+++ WGauge+ Cr+++ Sw+ Wv?> Sp?>

------End Knitter's Geek Code Block-----
AidanM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2006, 10:01 PM   #3
Julie
Instepping Out
 
Julie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Midwest
Posts: 3,325
Thanks: 10
Thanked 78 Times in 64 Posts
I'm a continental knitter and depending on what yarn I'm using, my purl stitches are looser. What I do is, I wrap the yarn one extra time around my pinky when I'm purling. So if I wrap it once when I'm knitting, I wrap it twice when I purl. This does wonders to even out my tension.

I'd say, stick with it for a little while, but if it doesn't click, then don't sweat it. :D
__________________
Knitter's Geek Code
KCR+ Exp+ SPM+ Steel+ Bam+ Addi++ Pl-- Wool++ Cot Lux+ Stash Scale+ Fin !Ent Int FI> Tex Lace Felt Flat Circ+ Dpn- ML+ Swatch+ KIP+ Blog+ SNB> EZ? FO+ WIP3 Gauge W+ Alt Sw
Julie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-10-2006, 03:05 AM   #4
misstialouise
Working the Gusset
 
misstialouise's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Sydney, Australia
Posts: 1,092
Thanks: 6
Thanked 37 Times in 34 Posts
It's a matter of practice... my tension is now pretty even with my purling (I'm a Conti knitter)..

:D
__________________
-----BEGIN KNITTER'S GEEK CODE BLOCK-----

Version: 1.1
KCR++ Exp+ SPM+ *Options+++ Addi+ Wood+ Cas+ Cot++ Wool+++ Lux++ Hemp++ Nov+ Stash++ Scale+ Fin+ Ent Lace++ Tex++ Felt+++ Flat Circ+++ DPN ML2 Swatch+ KIP Blog SNB GaugeDK(F) WIP+(++) ALTSw+Sp+Cr+X

------END KNITTER'S GEEK CODE BLOCK------

On my Options:
Drake the Dreaded Dragon Backpack - girly version for my niece for Christmas


I'M IN !! I'm vintagegrrl on Ravelry
misstialouise 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
Continental vs English Style knitting CognizantAmiga General Knitting 19 07-13-2011 11:52 AM
Knitting on DPN's (continental style) mrs.slavinsky General Knitting 1 02-12-2009 08:18 AM
English style and knitting in the ends CindyS How-to Questions 2 09-19-2007 10:42 PM
American or English Style Knitting! Sia General Knitting 6 08-05-2007 01:17 AM
Continental aka German style of knitting Phyllis How-to Questions 15 06-15-2005 11:09 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:08 PM.