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Old 05-17-2006, 07:46 PM   #1
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Irish Cottage Knitting
Does anyone know of a website or book that demonstrates the technique of Irish cottage knitting also known as irish production knitting? It is a very fast knitting technique.
Any input would be appreciated.
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Old 05-17-2006, 08:51 PM   #2
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Never heard of it, but I'll bump this up..
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Old 05-18-2006, 12:56 AM   #3
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Never heard of it, but I am VERY intrigued. So, someone, speak up!
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Old 05-18-2006, 10:44 AM   #4
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I think this technique is also known as shadow knitting or domino knitting....

here's some info :XX:

http://www.viv.dk/English/default.htm
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Hm, this is the first time I heard about it. After some googling, this is what I understand about it, and this is a pattern book.
Am I correct?
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Old 05-18-2006, 03:26 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by Susan
I think this technique is also known as shadow knitting or domino knitting....

here's some info :XX:

http://www.viv.dk/English/default.htm
WOw how beautiful
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Old 05-19-2006, 04:43 AM   #7
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Irish production knitting
Thanks to everyone for their advice/websites. domino or shadow knitting kind of falls under modular knitting.
Irish cottage/production knitting is a way of knitting (actually how you hold the need and loop the yarn --i know the yarn is held in the left hand) to enable you to knit up to 2000 stitches a minute. (!!!!)..i found it hard to believe.(!!!_
Stephanie Pearl McPhee (author of women who knit too much) uses this technique or one very similar to it..but i've never seen her do it and I can't find anyone or any publication that explains the technique.
Let's keep looking.
thanks again!!!
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Old 05-19-2006, 09:00 AM   #8
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I just found this forum entry at this weblink:
http://www.yarnharlot.ca/blog/archiv...rcautious.html

My aunt, who knits very speedily, accurately, uniformly, and efficiently, props the right-hand needle (straight needles only) in her lap so that it sticks up vertically and holds the left needle in her left hand like a normal person. The left needle moves, the right one does not. She carries the yarn in her right hand, which also sort of steadies the right needle without actually *HOLDING* it.

I have never seen anyone else knit like my aunt, with the propped needle. When she KIPped, people would ask about why she was knitting that way, that they'd never seen anyone else do that, blah blah blah. So, when I went to learn to knit, I used circulars (nothing to prop) so that I'd have to learn the 'one in each hand' method like "normal" people so that nobody would stare. That worked. I can do the "normal" people method, especially on circulars and teeny bamboo sock needles.

Only... the propping thing is amazingly fast. I tried it, you know, to see what it was like. It's really fast. Easy. I don't have to pay as much attention to it.

So. This 'cottage knitting' thing. Sounds like propped needle knitting to me. Other people do this? It's not necessarily some sort of shameful thing to only do at home where other people can't stare at you?

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Re: Irish production knitting
Originally Posted by coffeydl
i know the yarn is held in the left hand) to enable you to knit up to 2000 stitches a minute.
Isn't that called the English knitting method? Wow, I would love to knit 2000 stitiches a mintute !!! I would pay $500 / hour to learn that.
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Old 05-19-2006, 05:47 PM   #10
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I just looked at the blog that carolina referred to, and it says this "So, looks like it's mostly cottage knitters (those who tuck a needle under an arm) "

So what I think is that it is the way that I started to knit.....you prop a needle under your arm (prob left, if you are rightie) and then knit against it, again what carolina was saying!! (want to give credit to who says what)

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