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Old 01-25-2013, 11:34 AM   #7181
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Hi everyone. I'm new to this site and so far it's packed with great info! Found it while typing in search for help with reverse shaping! I did a lot of knitting years back but late last yr picked it back up & can't put it down But while I have everyone just curious as to how many of you "throwers" out there have tried continental style. I've been trying it and while at times it seems quicker (although I knit at a good pace already) I find the particular yarn I'm using doesn't keep good tension (may be my issue) & is hard to "pick" the stitches with. Anyone else have this problem? I would really love to be able to do both! As for my current english style, I'm not one who makes so many moves just to throw so this is why I'm wondering if it's worth frustrating myself over
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Old 01-25-2013, 11:43 AM   #7182
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Yes circular needles are all I use! You can use them for every project. If a project doesn't call for them, just knit back & forth as you normally would. If you do need to knit in the rnd you knit as you normally would but making sure that the cast on/first row is all going the same way, once twisted you can untwist. I lay them out straight & mk sure all stitches are facing the same way. use markers at begin. of rows. The greatest thing is that stitches stay on circs much better in your bag etc! I love circular needles and don't use anything else. Can also use these instead of dp just by doing whats called magic loop! Happy knitting
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Old 01-25-2013, 11:44 AM   #7183
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Hi there, glad to have you join us.

If there's nothing wrong with your knitting style, you don't need to change it. Knowing both can come in handy if you do a lot of fair isle colorwork, but otherwise, stick with what gives you an even tension.

I'm another english knitter who doesn't make wild exaggerated movements and I don't see a reason to change. Though I can knit continental combined a little bit, I plan to use it only for teaching people who have trouble with english style. Like my sister in law who's been crocheting for years and didn't get on with knitting. I suspect she was taught english and she just had a hard time with it.
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Old 01-25-2013, 05:08 PM   #7184
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Hi. Welcome. I knit Continental and try English every now and then, I really want to be able to learn it for using two colors, but it's very frustrating for me. If you want/need to learn Continental that's one thing, if not, why bother? If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
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My go to method is English, but I use both continental and English for fair isle. I agree with Sue. There is no one best way nor is one way necessarily faster. Do what works for you.

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Old 01-26-2013, 05:11 PM   #7186
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Hi
I decided to start knitting a week ago after someone talked about it at work! I'm very new and really have no idea what I'm doing which I think is half the fun!
My first project is.....wait for it......a scarf!
I'm about half way through it now, it's just plain garter stitch (think that's the right terminology!). It's not supposed to have tassels but have looked up how to make them and am planning on doing so.
I got a book which runs through lots of projects building up skills as you go so will just work my way through that for now.
That's all for now!!
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Old 01-26-2013, 05:19 PM   #7187
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Welcome to the new knitters! If you've been bitten by the bug I think its safe to say.....you're gonna get hooked!!! LOL I was one who put it down for about 12 yrs & one day heard a gal talking about it and I asked myself why I ever stopped! Picked it up just like riding a bike! I love forums like this for help & must say youtube was a help. If you can find a yarn shop near you it's great! Most will give you tons of help when you purchase from them and they usually love to have you hang out and knit! Great way to network with others! So enjoy knitting, also very relaxing!!!!
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Old 01-27-2013, 09:30 AM   #7188
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Welcome to the new knitters! If you've been bitten by the bug I think its safe to say.....you're gonna get hooked!!! LOL I was one who put it down for about 12 yrs & one day heard a gal talking about it and I asked myself why I ever stopped! Picked it up just like riding a bike! I love forums like this for help & must say youtube was a help. If you can find a yarn shop near you it's great! Most will give you tons of help when you purchase from them and they usually love to have you hang out and knit! Great way to network with others! So enjoy knitting, also very relaxing!!!!
Cindy, do you also sell Arbonne? If so I think I know you. I dont see to many cindy colucci's.
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Old 01-27-2013, 02:36 PM   #7189
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LOL Linda? it's so funny, when I saw this msg in my email I figured it had to be you! Yep it's me!! Small world even in the cyber one. I use to do so much knitting, some crochet bk when my kids were much younger..use to make stuff for them then I somehow dropped it and around Nov decided to pick it up again. Started again w/crochet & made an afghan to start then moved back to knitting and made some gift stuff and couple things for myself. I usually will have 2 or 3 things going, but like to keep it to 2 mainly! Thank the Lord for my business which allows me to have time to knit when I want!!!
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Old 01-29-2013, 02:55 PM   #7190
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Don't know what got me back to knitting but I just bought a pattern and wool after not knitting for 11 years delighted to find this site, I think I will be making a lot of use of it
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