I agree with everyone else - just knit at the speed and in the style you're comfortable with. Speedy knitting is only required for a speedy knitting competition or if you're wanting to finish something yesterday and even then it gets too stressful.
In answer to your question, I am slow and infrequent.
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I knit garter relatively fast I suppose but when I have to pearl and do other stitches I slow down a lot. I typically have to take breaks between rows anyway because my wrists are messed up from working in factories my whole life. the longer I knit, the less breaks I need though as my wrists must start to get used to the movement.
like others, I have a hard time finding the time to knit. I took the last 7 months off because I have been working 7 days a week 74 hrs a week. that don't leave much time for you to do much of anything lol them knitting machines are looking better and better everyday lol.
This is an interesting topic and I've been studying it a lot lately. I've read of knitters who knit 60-80 stitches per minute. I've also found some great articles on Pinterest and YouTube that discuss how to knit faster and show you different styles.
I found a couple videos of the yarn harlot showing 2 different ways she knits. She is extremely fast. If you'd like to see some of the article and videos I've found check out my Pinterest page under the topic "fast knitting" - my username is flirtyknitter there. To connect with me on Twitter, you can use that same name.
I'm working on speed with continental knitting but I don't have a great time per minute there. I'm using a flicking method that I found on a YouTube video and I've been working on mastering a quick way to knit using this method. It's similar to the one yarn harlot uses. I would be happy to look up the video for you if you're interested. Just shoot me a message on Twitter and I'll send you the link.
I've been timing myself using a variety of styles based on that video and I'm pretty proud of how much I've improved! 😀
I would say I can knit now anywhere from 20 to 40 stitches in garter stitch. I read about the average knitters speed being 20 so I think I'm making progress!
Side note: I think I could be A LOT FASTER but I'm using a size 15 circular needle (plastic not metal - which to me is slower) and I'm using double stranded yarn. (I make a lot of lapghans and typically use the same pattern).
Anyway, I hope that helps someone or answers your question! The only concrete answer I found in this forum was 60 stitches per minute which is amazing! Gold star! 👍
Find me on Twitter and let's connect! I look forward to meeting new knitters (and other needleworkers!!) 😀
It really depends on the complexity of the project. I knit English style, never Continental. I can make a plain garter stitch scarf in one day, but if I'm using a complex stitch pattern, the same size scarf may take two or three days.