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Old 10-12-2007, 03:59 PM   #21
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I made the switch too, and found learning to purl the hardest - I had the darndest time learning to control tension with the purl. But, the more I did it the easier it became. I am about 3/4 through the IHS and that has been the best project to really solidify the skill for me. So much changing back and forth between knit and purl on each row - now it just feels natural and I don't even think about it anymore. I do like knowing how to do both, but often find when I am learning something new I revert to English for some reason - maybe because it slows me down and allows me to think/see the stitches before I am flying into them
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Old 10-16-2007, 09:57 AM   #22
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I just wanted to let you all know that I have officially made the switch now! thanks for all the encouragement to keep me going. I can now do it at least as fast as i was English knitting. I still drop a few more stitches that before, but that is getting better too! Anyone out thtere deciding if they should make the switch i say go for it!
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Old 10-16-2007, 10:02 AM   #23
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I tried a few months back, got crazy frustrated, and gave up. I think I'll try again. I probably already know the answer to this, but I'm assuming if I've started a project in English, I should finish it in English, right?
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Old 10-16-2007, 10:57 AM   #25
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My mom advised me to learn how to knit from this site as she had, and I only know how to knit Continental. I looove it because it seems like it goes so much faster than the English style I've seen in the videos here. I don't think I'll ever want to switch!
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Old 10-16-2007, 11:18 AM   #26
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i too learned english style, last december. i kept trying to do continental, because i wanted to be faster and it just seemed it would be more comfortable, but i just couldn't get it. i kept trying though, and FINALLY about a month ago i was able to make the switch. i notice that i too knit a little tighter with english style, but i think i knit too tightly anyway, so continental helps me with that.

i wasn't able to do it the way amy does it in the videos on here; i use my pointer to do everything instead of my middle finger, but it's working better than english for me, so i'm happy for now. maybe eventually i will graduate up to using my middle finger for yarn control. and like others, i still feel a little clumsy switching back and forth from knitting to purling, but i tend to do a lot of stockinette and garter stitch, so i think i just need a bit more practice. it's still easier for me to purl continental than it ever was in english!!!

best of luck in switching over, i know it's made me a happier knitter!

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Old 10-16-2007, 11:22 AM   #27
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oops, i just realized that i didn't see half of these posts before i replied! i am new to using forums, and i forget that you have to go to the last page to see the most recent entries.

congrats on successfully making the switch over!

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I started out doing English knitting cause that was what the book I learned from showed. Still use that every know and then when I want to mix things up bit, but I moved over the Continental method and love it so much more. I knit a little faster (not much though...I'm just slow), seem to have a more even stitch and just plain like it.

Best of luck in your adventures to the Continental method of knitting.
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I tried a few months back, got crazy frustrated, and gave up. I think I'll try again. I probably already know the answer to this, but I'm assuming if I've started a project in English, I should finish it in English, right?
Yes, finish with the style you started with. Tension will be different and it will be obvious . . . says the voice of experience.
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Thank you, Mrslevite.
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