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Old 05-21-2008, 03:02 PM   #11
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As a sinister person, I learned Continental knitting so that I wouldn't knit backwards, and because it's much faster for me. Also, it's easier on my rheumatic old body, since there are fewer moving parts.

But, what was said about knitting however you can have fun with it is so true. I mean, why bother to knit if you're not enjoying yourself? You can go and buy clothing just about anywhere, and for much less.

Which ever hand you use, I hope you just enjoy the whole process.
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Old 05-21-2008, 06:18 PM   #12
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When you guys say that it changes your gauge, what do you mean? Do you get tighter? Or looser?
Looser for me, especially the purls.
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Originally Posted by Debkcs View Post
I mean, why bother to knit if you're not enjoying yourself?
I couldn't agree more.
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Old 05-22-2008, 09:38 AM   #14
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I knit the English way and am perfectly satisfied with that. If and when I get into colorwork, I might be bothered to learn continental, but for now, why mess with a good thing?

I say do it if you want to, but if not, stick with what works.
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Hi,

I knit english style. I've only been knitting for almost 3 months. The knit stitch, english style, was SO difficult for me that I purled everything I knitted for the first 2 months. I finally got the knit st down pat.

The DVD i bought also has continential knitting. Last week I tried the knit st. I can't believe how EASY it was. I got it with 1 try. I havn't tried the purl st yet. It looks more difficult.

I wanted to learn one style at a time. I'm finally comfortable with english style.

It really does take a lot of practice. I practiced for a month before I "made" anything.

I'm sure you'll get it.

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Old 05-22-2008, 01:57 PM   #16
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I think my purling tends to be a little looser than my knitting in Continental (my chosen method), but I have learned to compensate and get them even. I use to knit real loose on everything doing my Continental, but old age or something has caused me to get a bit tighter.

I agree that whatever works best for you and you like best is what you should use. Try the Continental long enough to give it a good chance (it is always good to have several arrows in your quiver) and if it doesn't fit the bill, knit English. I'm glad I know how to knit both ways and use both for 2 color knitting.

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There are those who advocate 2 handed knitting for color work(ie fair isle) but i've managed 3 colors in 1 row, (all 3 yarns in one hand!) --and done it beautifully.
Of Troy, I am amazed at your ability to do this feat. When I saw Amy use two colors in the left hand I was impressed. I thought I would try it. No way could I do it. It was such a good idea too. So I have to settle with one color in each hand.
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All these replys have been very helpful to me, I haven't given up yet but reading how everyone stuck to it has just given me the push to watch some videos! I have been stuck, can't get past cast on!!!
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