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Old 07-28-2012, 02:56 PM   #11
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I crocheted for years and found continental awkward at first so I learned english. I can knit either way now, but I still gravitate to what I do best and is easiest for me.
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Old 07-29-2012, 02:43 AM   #12
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I had a friend show me how to knit English style and I almost gave up. I realized after that she didn't show me hand/yarn placement. I actually thought that continental would have been better for me to learn first as there is less movement so I felt that I had better control of the yarn. I have been knitting now since mid March and use several methods to knit and purl
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Originally Posted by Christinechrstms1 View Post
I actually thought that continental would have been better for me to learn first as there is less movement so I felt that I had better control of the yarn.
My left hand moves more when I knit continental than it does english.
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Old 07-31-2012, 07:47 PM   #14
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I teach adults to knit the same way I teach kids to knit.

English method
(cuz that's what I do)...then...
1) Cast on
2) Knit stitch
3) Bind off
4) how to pick up a dropped stitch using a crochet hook
5) how to recognize a twisted stitch, and a dropped stitch

Using worsted, or bulky yarn, and US9-11 needles, preferably wood.

Let the knitter master a garter stitch scarf, or dishcloth...then move on to purls, and other fancy stitches. They need that hand memory mojo rolling before they move on.

IMHO.
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