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Old 07-16-2007, 10:05 AM   #11
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"Pick" to knit and "throw" to purl. I am trying to convert to picking for purl but my stitches feel too loose and I always feel like I am in danger of dropping stitches. I don't know if I will ever make the switch.

Does anyone else dislike the whole "pick" and "throw" terminology? I don't know what rock I have been living under but I have been knitting for 16 years and only recently do I see these terms bandied around. Picking makes me think of a banjo and when people say throwing the yarn I see the ball rolling across the room. I just find it weird.
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Old 07-16-2007, 10:10 AM   #12
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Continental here. I think that seemed easier to me when I started since I already knew how to crochet.
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Old 07-16-2007, 10:29 AM   #13
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Originally Posted by Knit1Drop1 View Post
"Pick" to knit and "throw" to purl.
Doesn't that take forever when you are ribbing or some other multi-stitch pattern?

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Does anyone else dislike the whole "pick" and "throw" terminology?
I prefer "english" and "continental", but I've heard the terms.

I wouldn't sweat knitting one way or the other. Continental knitters always say it's faster, but who the heck cares. Just do what works for you and makes you happy.
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Old 07-16-2007, 10:49 AM   #14
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I'm a "thrower".... I have tried "picking", but I haven't gotten the hang of it yet...
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Old 07-16-2007, 02:10 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by Jan in CA View Post
Doesn't that take forever when you are ribbing or some other multi-stitch pattern?
(with regard to throw to purl and pick to knit...)

I guess I could have been a little more explicit... I throw exclusively if I am doing ribbing or some other pattern type thing. And throwing exclusively still seems to make ribbing tedious, which is why I have been trying to learn to pick to purl... but I don't know. Just can't seem to get the hang of it.
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Originally Posted by Knit1Drop1 View Post
(with regard to throw to purl and pick to knit...)

I guess I could have been a little more explicit... I throw exclusively if I am doing ribbing or some other pattern type thing. And throwing exclusively still seems to make ribbing tedious, which is why I have been trying to learn to pick to purl... but I don't know. Just can't seem to get the hang of it.
Ohhhh I see. I can pick and I do it when I am doing fair isle because I use both hands, but I'm not comfortable with it. I figure I'm not in any speed knitting contests so I might as well do what works for me. ;-)
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Old 07-16-2007, 04:39 PM   #17
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I'm so relieved that so many other people knit English style ("throw"). I thought I was the only one. I learned that way as a child and it just feels right. I'm not in a hurry, and want to enjoy my knitting, so I've no plans to learn Continental.
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Old 07-16-2007, 04:46 PM   #18
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I've knitted English since I started about 30 years ago (I didn't continue it all these years, but picked it back up about 3 years ago.) I didn't even know there were different methods, but I do remember my SIL telling me long ago that I was knitting "wrong". (But I was coming out with the same stitches as she, so how could it be "wrong", I reasoned to myself. I have since learned that Annie Modesette had the same problems.)
For the last month, I've been trying to knit Continental exclusively, because I got the Elizabeth Zimmerman DVD for Mother's Day and she really recommended the Continental way. If you can do both, you can do color-knitting much better, she says. SO I'm trying hard, but it's HARD for me to do it. My left hand hurts so much, from doing all the work--still I can see that "picking" has less hand motion than throwing. I just wish my guage would finally even out. If not, I guess I'l just go back to English!!
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Continental knitters always say it's faster, but who the heck cares. Just do what works for you and makes you happy.
I've always said it doesn't matter which style you use, it's just how comfortable you are with your particular method.
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