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Old 01-30-2014, 06:25 PM   #1
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How fast do you knit?
I have come a long way in a short period of time. I have been very active here, hopefully I haven't pestered too many of you too much. :P I have found these forums to be a huge source of help and now I think I would probably say I am at an intermediate skill level. I am not having any problem mastering new stitches I come across in new patterns, but I am wondering if I am slow?

I thought that I was pretty fast, I keep up a decent pace, but I haven't gotten to the point of finishing a project in a day. I am working on a large cowl with a somewhat complicated design pattern and I realized that I was only halfway through after knitting all day. All day. I had been sitting and knitting off and on literally all day.

So, how fast are you? Are you fast because you knit Continental? Do you have any tips or tricks to pick up speed?

I can knit the knit stitch Continental, but I find it very tricky to do other, more complicated stitches without throwing the yarn with my right hand. I think I am going to spend some time on youtube finding tips on how to Continental knit and maybe I will switch.
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Old 01-30-2014, 07:04 PM   #2
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I knit continental and have been told I'm a fast knitter (I personally think I'm pretty average though), whether or not knitting continental contributes to that, I don't know. If you do want to learn, one tip I can give you is I see some people purling with the yarn in front and wrapped around their left forefinger. I've never liked that, it's awkward and uncomfortable for me. I hold the yarn in front in my left forefinger and thumb. It gives me more control and I don't end up dropping the yarn nearly as much. But everyone's different, it's all what's comfortable to you.
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Old 01-30-2014, 07:10 PM   #3
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The faster I knit, the sooner I tink. I knit Continental and if I'm doing endless knit stitches I can go fairly fast I think. If you are more comfortable knitting English style then speed really is secondary IMO. Enjoying the knitting is more important.
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Originally Posted by GrumpyGramma View Post
The faster I knit, the sooner I tink. I knit Continental and if I'm doing endless knit stitches I can go fairly fast I think. If you are more comfortable knitting English style then speed really is secondary IMO. Enjoying the knitting is more important.
Totally agree.
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Old 01-30-2014, 08:15 PM   #5
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I knit with the yarn in my right hand--that's how I learned, and that's what comes easiest to me. I've been told I'm fast by people who are learning, but I've never timed myself. I work at whatever pace is comfortable in the moment.

Most projects can't be completed in a day, no matter how fast you knit. Baby hats, mittens, etc., sure.

Adult clothing? A pattern that you have to refer to often? Don't think so.
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It depends on what I'm knitting on how fast I am. I knit Portuguese style, and on all purl garter stitch, or stockinette, I'm grateful to have hit close to an average speed of 10 or so stitches a minute. But when you start mixing stitches, and having to count them as you go, it slows me down considerably. I'd much rather take my time so I don't have to frog as often then. But that's me...
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Basically it depends on pattern, fiber, needles and stitches of the sweater. Generally, I am not a fast knitter. I took 6-7 days for knitting a sweater.
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Once I get going, I'm relatively quick. It's just finding the time to actually sit down with my needles that's the hard part!

I have actually found that going to the local bookstore and grabbing a table allows me to pull out my needles for a few hours. If I'm at home, I have so many other things I need to do that I often don't knit very much. But when I escape to the bookstore, I'm pretty quick.
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Is there a standard for knitting speed, like there is for typing?

I don't know how fast I am relative to other people, since I have never knit alongside anyone else. I am faster relative to my knitting speed several projects ago and even faster relative to my speed after I become comfortable with knitting.

On the other hand, it took me three years to knit an afghan that some people can knit in a weekend, so I guess by *that* measure, I'm pretty slow.

I knit English and I'm comfortable with whatever speed it is I use. I tried out Continental for a while, because I liked the idea of actually holding my yarn in my left hand instead of always picking it up with my right, but knitting that way for me was slow with loose and uneven stitches; I decided I would rather knit with my current method now, with stitches that are compact and consistent, rather than keep practicing to eventually become proficient in the other method.

I would like to go back and give Continental more of a chance, but I don't would not do it for speed, but as a different way to hold the yarn. I miss holding the yarn the way I did when I crocheted and Continental seems to be somewhat similar to that.
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Sigh... I've seen super fast English knitters and slow continental knitters. It's actually valuable to know both ways, but people generally knit faster with how they are most comfortable. My go to method is English, but I know both for when I knit fair isle.

As for speed...I knit because I enjoy the process. I'm faster with some things than others, but ultimately I don't care how long it takes.
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