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Old 03-23-2013, 08:00 AM   #1
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Dear knitters,

I'm not sure if I should post this here or in the Lounge but I want to share my story with as many knitters as possible.

While I've been away a lot from this forum I've been busy knitting, learning and practicing a new skill - continental knitting.

I am writing this to encourage all the English knitters out there who want to master continental - it's possible! I've done it! It may take some time and practice but most of all persistence. Don't give up and have plenty of hand rests between. Do little and often.

I still use my right hand for knitting 2 together, binding off, eyelets, increasing, etc. but for straight knit or purl rows I can change hands whenever I like.

Best advantage: seed stitch and ribbing
I now actually enjoy ribbing or seeding!

However, I must point out that none of this could have been achieved if it wasn't for Amy, the videos and all you supporting knitters. Thank you.

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Old 03-23-2013, 08:18 AM   #2
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Good for you! That's great to learn continental and to be able to do english too. I think that you'll find it very useful when you do colorwork as well.
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Old 03-23-2013, 08:38 AM   #3
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yay!

I can't purl continental - i am a "combination" knitter... so while i purl with my left hand, i twist the stitches... i just can't figure out how to do it the proper way and do it as fast as I can!

my knitting speed doubled when i switched from english style to my combination style
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Old 03-23-2013, 05:46 PM   #4
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Good for you. I also recently taught myself continental, but I can only do it with the Norwegian purl. I've managed to do a regular continental purl with a p2tog, though.

Also, as a note into my first venture in colorwork using both English and Continental I noticed that my English stitches were much tighter than my continental stitches, and I'm not sure what to do about it other than to practice and get the English looser. It is something to watch out for.
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Old 03-23-2013, 05:55 PM   #5
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I learned both with the Noro striped scarf because its k1p1. It does make ribbing easier. I still use English primarily, but I use two hands for color work (fair isle) which makes that way faster and easier, too.

Good for you for learning another method.
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Old 03-23-2013, 06:27 PM   #6
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Tamar!

I'm a Continental knitter who has learned English. My English stitches are looser than my normal Continental ones and that makes for less than satisfactory results with color work. I'll keep practicing and learn to hold the yarn English style so that I get better tension. There's a project I have my heart set on doing in Fair Isle. It was almost impossible for me to learn to purl English and haven't yet managed the Norwegian style.
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Old 03-23-2013, 07:31 PM   #7
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I am also a continental knitter and have learned other techniques. I wear gloves which help. There are called handeze. I buy them smaller so that they are tight. They loosen as you go. I have learned to be a two hand-knitter but find it harder to do ribbing. I guess it's just what you get used to.
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Old 03-23-2013, 08:28 PM   #8
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I'm a Continental knitter.
I have tried English style but it seems so hard, and it seems to require more steps than Continental.
Last time I tried it (several weeks ago) it slowed me down so much,
and it seems like my hands had to work harder.
I gave up..... but I do occasionally try.
Maybe one of these days I'll have to patients to stick with it.
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Marina, that's how I was! My motivation was wanting to be a"2-fisted knitter". I want to do the 2-hand color work. I've still got a lot of practicing to do before I can take on my special project. I know what you mean about more steps. Wrapping the yarn English just seems...I don't know, an unnecessary motion or something. I've blamed it on crocheting before knitting. Thank goodness we can each knit the way we feel most comfortable.
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Old 03-24-2013, 07:11 AM   #10
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I am an English style knitter. I'd like to learn the continental style, but am leary of it messing with the tension when I go back to English.
I naturally picked up the English as being a lefty and learning to crochet before learning to knit, holding my working yarn in my right hand comes more natural to me. I know it's much faster to knit the other way but I don't want to take the time away from all the things I want to make to learn the Continental style.
Maybe some day!!
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