Originally Posted by boo1
I am a fairly new knitter. I spent years crocheting, and that is supposed to make it easier to knit continental. But I haven't found very much *easy* about knitting.
I ordered a DVD, I'll see how it goes!
I crocheted for years and years and taught myself to knit about 9 years ago, but didn't really do anything with it until a year ago. I took a sock class and the instructor knit continental and offered to show how it was done. I agree that in the beginning it takes some concentration and it's slow and awkward at first. However, if you have someone that can show you, or you can learn easily off of videos, then I highly recommend it.
I knit much much faster and the tension is more even than it is when I knit English. Purling is still a struggle for me though. I switch back and forth between continental and English for when I have to purl. You'll find the style that suits you best, but no harm done if you try it and find you don't like it.