Yay! I finally seem to have figured how how to knit and purl continental, thanks to the incredibly helpful videos here! :D
When I started knitting, all the way back in October 2004
, the easiest thing for me was combination knitting with the yarn in my right hand. It took about halfway through the first scarf to find out I was twisting my stitches; it was easy to figure out how to untwist them, but for the sake of uniformity I knit the rest of the scarf twisted. After that, I just knit 'eastern uncrossed', aka combined.
Still, all the waving about of hand and yarn, and the adapting of patterns I have to do gets a little tiresome. I've also recently done a stretch of seed stitch, and that seemed like it would be soooo much easier when knitting continental.
So tonight I took the plunge, grabbed some raspberry red yarn and some needles, plunked myself in front of the computer and tried it out. It wasn't nearly has hard as I thought it would be!
I've also figured out how to knit English 'properly', so that the leading leg of the stitch is the front one. So really, I now have three ways of knitting at my disposal!
I'm still having a bit of trouble controlling the tension of my yarn when I knit continental though; for some reason it doesn't flow across my pinky smoothly, so I end up choking my fingers and my knitting. But I suppose that will get better with practice.
Now, the dilemma..... will I practice that on the 'Bella' cardigan I've just started, and run the risk of horribly uneven knitting? Or just go the easy way and knit that one in English, and practice my Continental knitting on something else?
Ps; I've found that when purling, I tend to use my left thumb rather than my left middle finger to press down the yarn. Is that something I can keep doing, or does that have any disadvantages?
I keep thinking of myself as 'she's gone Continental', rather like 'she's gone postal'.....