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Old 10-23-2005, 01:30 AM   #1
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Really Odd Knitting Style...any hope for me?
I've been doing this for over a year now - and it has been working... but why?

I went through the videos on this site to see if I was a Continental or English knitter - and came out with some very odd results.

What I considered my 'purl' stitch is almost exactly the Continental 'knit' stitch in the video - but I hold the yarn in front of the needle, held in the left hand.

What I considered my 'knit' stitch is almost exactly the Combined 'purl' stitch in the video - but again, my yarn is in front of the needle and held in the left hand.

A lady I knew at work tried to teach me how to knit. I got a bit of what she was trying to show me, and figured out my 'purling' by trial and error at home.

I have produced socks, hats and scarves with this odd combination - yet now I am not even quite sure why it is working! I've had no luck trying any patterns except the kind that say 'garter stitch' or 'stockinette' for so many inches, decrease 2 etc etc. And I've been having a terrible time learning increases (now I know why).

Do I have any hope? Or should I try to 'learn all over'?
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Old 10-23-2005, 02:06 AM   #2
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If you can make it work for you, then I see no reason why you should change it. I bet some of the people on here would be able to understand the whys and wherefores of your technique and be able to help you to adapt things like increases and decreases. You know the old saying...
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Old 10-23-2005, 02:33 AM   #3
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If you can post a pic of a piece of your work, maybe an up-close front and back of a swatch of stockinette st, then we could look at it and maybe answer your long as your sts arent ending up twisted, and as long as you are physically comfortable the way you are knitting and have no problem with your increases and decreases, I see no reason to change.
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Old 10-23-2005, 08:59 AM   #4
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I'm replying, but I don't have an answer. :thinking: I agree that without a picture, or better yet, seeing you knit, its hard to know what you're doing. But since you've produced completed things, it must be working for you, and if it's working for you, why change? Do you think it slows you down? I guess what I'm wondering is--what is YOUR problem with your style? If you're comfortable with it, then maybe you could learn 'special' stitches in a more 'traditional' manner.

If you think another method would work for you better--then go for it. There's no law that says you can't change styles.
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