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Old 04-28-2013, 08:53 PM   #11
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This is how I Continental Purl:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rNKGn_GLqg

The stitches do twist, but this is how I learned and you know how they say "You can't teach an old dog new tricks."
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Old 04-28-2013, 09:10 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by GrumpyGramma View Post
I haven't figured it out yet but some people like it. You might try the combination purl and wrap the yarn backwards. It was easier in some ways when I was first learning and the stitches are tighter. It twists the stitches so you knit in the back loop to untwist them on the next row. As you're determined to get it, I'm sure you will. Something will work. I'll keep trying to do purls English style. I share your frustration.

How you hold the yarn in your left hand can make a difference too. Try different ways of doing it.
I was taught Continental knitting when I was a young girl by a gal who learned it from her German grandmother. Most Continental knitters use their left index finger. The girl taught me to use my middle finger. It took me a long time to figure out I had been doing it "wrong" all these years. I still use my middle finger. I find I can tension the yarn with my middle finger then lift the yarn up and to the front of the needle easily with my index finger. It makes switching back and forth between knit and purl easy.
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Old 04-28-2013, 10:41 PM   #13
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this is the video that made the most sense to me,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AI7JS4hn1PY

never knew there were so many different ways to knit
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Old 04-29-2013, 04:07 AM   #14
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I just can't get a good tension with the yarn if I use either my index finger or my middle finger so I have been using my thumb
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Old 04-29-2013, 04:47 AM   #15
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Continental knitting demo

She explains why she holds the yarn as she does. When I finally got the hang of holding the yarn this way my tension improved, my purls were more even, and my gauge from flat to circular was much closer. It takes a while to get to the purling but it's worth watching IMHO.
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Old 04-29-2013, 05:23 AM   #16
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Continental knitting demo

She explains why she holds the yarn as she does. When I finally got the hang of holding the yarn this way my tension improved, my purls were more even, and my gauge from flat to circular was much closer. It takes a while to get to the purling but it's worth watching IMHO.
Yeah I tried holding the yarn that way and I still can't get good tension. I just have to keep practicing.
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Old 04-29-2013, 09:25 AM   #17
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I hear you! I still can't purl English. My English knits are fine, the purls suck.
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Old 04-29-2013, 09:34 AM   #18
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I hear you! I still can't purl English. My English knits are fine, the purls suck.


We will get it eventually we have to just keep trying
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Just to overwhelm you some more...I just came across this, it's looks really weird, but hey! if it works for her then it just might work for someone else.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuW-HdnlkmY
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Originally Posted by GrumpyGramma View Post
Just to overwhelm you some more...I just came across this, it's looks really weird, but hey! if it works for her then it just might work for someone else.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuW-HdnlkmY
That's a lot like how I do it. Someone gave me a hint about holding the yarn way back on my index finger, and that works too, but it's such an ingrained habit to use my thumb.
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