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Old 08-05-2011, 12:03 AM   #21
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There's a couple that hold the 'fastest knitter' title. One uses standard continental, the other english style.
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Old 08-05-2011, 12:31 AM   #22
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I am talking about this one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2E-IDIAGGo

And it should be mentioned that the knitter in this video is Miriam Tegels. Normally I don't refer to people by pronouns only
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Old 08-05-2011, 08:02 AM   #23
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She's a continental knitter.
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Old 08-05-2011, 11:19 AM   #24
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I am talking about this one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2E-IDIAGGo
The video says it's continental and you can see the yarn in her left hand.

I don't think of myself as a fast knitter, but I do okay. I'm fine with that, I don't need to set any speed records.
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Old 08-05-2011, 11:24 AM   #25
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That lady knits standard continental. There's a woman in Canada who's the fastest in N America and she knits english style. I think there's a video of her linked to the other one.
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Old 08-05-2011, 01:04 PM   #26
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Originally Posted by suzeeq View Post
That lady knits standard continental. There's a woman in Canada who's the fastest in N America and she knits english style. I think there's a video of her linked to the other one.
Just for the record, I knit slooowwwwww. At least it seems like it most of the time. I've only been knitting a year so I'm hoping I haven't reached my peak speed. lol

I typically knit English, but still trying to conquer Continental. I purl faster using English. I think it's because I can hold and throw faster with the yarn in front. I can barely purl using Continental, I just can't get the idea of "dropping" my finger to let it wrap kinda thingy that it does. It just flubs me up sometimes.
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Old 08-05-2011, 01:32 PM   #27
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You don't have to learn continental, it really isn't faster than english style. What is 'faster' for you is using productive motions and getting more comfortable with it through practice. As you've found, simply switching methods doesn't make it automatically faster, you need to find a way of knitting that involves small hand motions that are easy for you. Quite a few people do knit continental and purl english though.
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Old 08-05-2011, 02:27 PM   #28
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To me, the main thing is, you just have to do what works for you. What feels the most "natural" to you? Answer that question, and use that. You'll get faster with time, but it's not the speed that matters. It just matters that you're enjoying what you're doing and that you come out with a product that you are satisfied with. Good luck!!
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I must've hit quote instead of just reply on my last post...oops.

I know speed doesn't really matter...but the faster I can knit without error, the more yarn I can buy to make new stuff! Just saying it gets me excited. I love buying yarn! If I didn't have a lot of self control, I'd turn into a yarn hoarder. I also just want to learn Continental to be able to use either method when one way gets tiring. I would also later on in life like to be able to learn and use many methods. Just to brag and say I can!
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It's not a hoard, we call them stashes and it's perfectly acceptable, we all have them. You can even take them out and pet them if you want so they don't get lonely. Most of us also have more than one project going at a time.
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