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Old 04-15-2014, 11:10 PM   #1
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Does it really matter which style you knit?
I've been knitting English style for as long as I've been knitting, as it was how my mother taught me, and how her grandmother taught her. Its also what I'm most comfortable with.

Now, I've read that a lot of people want to learn how to knit both ways and that its very useful to know both ways. Does it really matter which style you knit? I thought that the outcome of the work was the same either way. Am I wrong in thinking that?
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Old 04-16-2014, 05:37 AM   #2
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It's a matter of personal preference. There are, however advantages to knowing both, for example, two-handed fair isle knitting.
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What salmonmac said. Knitting is like driving nails, most of the time you use a hammer, sometimes a shoe heel works just fine.
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Old 04-16-2014, 02:47 PM   #4
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I can't help wondering why you ask if it matters. You're knitting, the way you do it works for you. It can be helpful to use both hands as in Fair Isle but some people use just one hand to hold the yarns. So, what prompts you to ask if it matters which style you use? Is someone telling you you're not knitting the right way? If they are, tell them there are no knitting police.
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No, no one is criticizing the way I knit. I am just questioning myself because I've seen others on here say that they are learning to knit both ways.

I guess I need to not question myself so much and just knit how I am most comfortable doing it.
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Old 04-16-2014, 08:46 PM   #6
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However it feels best!

Some people try different methods just for fun and some learn a couple of the many different ways to knit so they even out the strain on their hands during big projects (slightly different motion=less aggravation for carpal tunnel.) It can be neat to know Portuguese knitting or Irish cottage or whatever one-handed method in case of a hand/arm injury.
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Ah, that's OK then. Yeah, if you want to learn other styles go for it. I've learned I can knit Continental quite easily, I can do knits and sort of do purls English style, Portuguese style was hard because my right hand doesn't like holding the yarn - but it will do it without complaint if both hands are holding yarn as for Fair Isle, Eastern European style is fine for those who like it but it doesn't do it for me, Norwegian purling is wonderful when I'm doing round of purls in sock yarn on skewers...but what is Irish cottage knitting? Excuse me, I gotta run and Google that!
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Ah, that's OK then. Yeah, if you want to learn other styles go for it. I've learned I can knit Continental quite easily, I can do knits and sort of do purls English style, Portuguese style was hard because my right hand doesn't like holding the yarn - but it will do it without complaint if both hands are holding yarn as for Fair Isle, Eastern European style is fine for those who like it but it doesn't do it for me, Norwegian purling is wonderful when I'm doing round of purls in sock yarn on skewers...but what is Irish cottage knitting? Excuse me, I gotta run and Google that!
Irish cottage knitting = lever knitting = armpit knitting = production knitting = many other terms.

Basically, it's a style where the right needle is anchored in some way, whether in a knitting sheath, belt, or the knitter's armpit (sorry...) and the right hand is concerned solely with the yarn. The left hand is concerned solely with the left needle. I've taken a class with Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, one of the few proponents of this style, and she flies like the wind!

She gave us the terms which I've listed. According to her reading and research, this style of knitting (right needle anchored) was the predominant style during the centuries when so many people earned wages from hand-knitting, particularly socks.
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DogCatMom, what you described (Armpit knitting) is what I saw in a video some time ago when I first started knitting. This is the video I am talking about: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sftAdfgZ0m8

The lady on the left is using her armpit to hold the needle while she uses her hand solely to hold the yarn and knit it into the work. Just something to look at for reference sake, I guess.
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No, it absolutely doesn't matter. Both can be fast or slow depending on the knitter. I learned both for fair isle, but it can be done with both yarns in one hand.
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