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Old 03-24-2013, 09:58 AM   #11
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I normally hold the yarn in my left hand--whichever method that is (I can't ever remember and telling me won't help 'cause I'll promptly forget again); I learned crochet first, and so this method feels the most natural. However, I'm right-handed. When doing colorwork knitting and holding a strand in each hand, I often find it amusing that my usual brilliant right hand hasn't a clue what it's supposed to do. It's forced to humble itself and take a cue from the (normally STOOOOPID) left hand. (I think I've even caught my left hand making mocking, obscene gestures at my right hand--it has to get even somehow, you know!)
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Old 03-24-2013, 11:19 AM   #12
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For me, my Continental tension hasn't been affected by learning to knit English. As for speedy knitting, there are English knitters who go really fast. So, if you want to learn Continental one day, great! If you don't, no problem! Enjoying knitting is what matters.
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I learned, English style, from my Mom before I started school. Years ago I used to knit, and my mil knit continental style. She was like a darned machine!! I'd never seen it done before and couldn't believe my eyes. Her fingers just flew! She used to crank out fo's like her needles were on fire lol. She thought my way was slow and had a lot of unnecessary "flopping around". When I returned to knitting last year, after more than a 20 year absence, I decided it was a good time to change to continental, since I could hardly remember how to k or p anyway - great opportunity, right? Ha! No way were those left fingers going to participate. I did give it a pretty good try, but their job apparently is to hold the left needle, nothing more.... English seemed so easy, after I stopped batting my head against the continental wall. Congrats to all you ambidextrous knitters - I think you should have some kind of exclusive club, or badge or something
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One method is not better than another. Whether you're fast with either method depends on how you wrap and tension the yarn, plus your natural speed. I've seen continental knitters throw the yarn rather than tension it. I've seen English knitters super fast. I was a crocheter who found English was easier so it's personal preference. Now I can knit both ways.
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Anteres!!!
ROFLMAO no kidding, obscene gestures, roaring with laughter!
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I normally hold the yarn in my left hand--whichever method that is (I can't ever remember and telling me won't help 'cause I'll promptly forget again); I learned crochet first, and so this method feels the most natural. However, I'm right-handed. When doing colorwork knitting and holding a strand in each hand, I often find it amusing that my usual brilliant right hand hasn't a clue what it's supposed to do. It's forced to humble itself and take a cue from the (normally STOOOOPID) left hand. (I think I've even caught my left hand making mocking, obscene gestures at my right hand--it has to get even somehow, you know!)

I want a ROFL button!
I understand. You know, I bet thre are English knitters who hold the yarn in the right hand sometimes feel similarly about trying to knit Continental. Obscene gestures... So glad there really are no knitting police!
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Old 03-24-2013, 05:42 PM   #18
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Definitely ROFL, Antares. I totally hear you though. When I switched to continental, my left hand had no clue, and now I think my right hand has no clue.
And I just came back from a visit with my niece and nephews where my right handed 11-year-old niece has learned how to knit, kinda backwards (through the back loop). I didn't say anything. Figured if all the stitches were that way it works out.
I then proceeded to attempt to teach my left handed 7 year old nephew how to knit, left handed, English style. I'm right handed. I still don't know whether we were wrapping the yarn in the right direction. I couldn't think of how to do it, I could only do it. Even though I can theoretically do it with both hands.
So, I've come to the conclusion that as far as knitting goes, it really doesn't matter if one hand knows what the other is doing. As long as it works, go with it!
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Lizar, I think I would have told the 11 yr old what she was doing. It is a stitch, bit it twists it and if she continues she'll have to do the purl differently which will be combination knitting.

It's great they are learning!
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