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Old 01-11-2006, 01:19 AM   #1
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New Wanna Be Knitter ~ English or Continental Method?
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I am so excited to have found this website. I am a new wanna be knitter. I have been watching and trying to replicate the video demonstrations on the site. I have been trying the Continental method because it's suppose to be faster once you get the hang of it. My question is ~ Which method do you use and why? :D

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Old 01-11-2006, 01:26 AM   #2
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Continental, because it's faster and more comfortable for my hands :D

I used to do English (throw) Method..

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Continental because I tried to learn English and I was hooorrrrible at it. I would have quit, but I tried continental and it totally clicked. Much easier for me. :D
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Old 01-11-2006, 03:08 AM   #4
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English for me. I started continental, but even though I've crocheted for years it felt awkward. I had a hard time with english at first, too, but now I find it faster with LESS arm movement.
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Old 01-11-2006, 03:09 AM   #5
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My vote is for continental. I tried both when I was learning to knit, and I had a much easier time with continental. It seemed (and still does) to be less work. Vicki Square says she chose it because "I like to finish one garment per season" in her episode on Knitty Gritty. Everyone I have taught to knit, I've taught continental.

However, do what feels best to you. If you are more comfortable knitting English, Combination, or the itchie-itchie-gouma-gouma way, than do it! Just as long as you're consistent, you'll be fine!

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Old 01-11-2006, 03:55 AM   #6
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I'd say that most people in general (at least, those who have tried it and worked with it) will vote for Continental. Once you get the hang of it, it can go really fast. English is somewhat easier to START with. It's what I started with, and it can pretty much garantee that you'll get the yarn where you want it to, but then again, with continental, you scoop the yarn instead of wrap it. Continental takes a little more practice, but I think it's worth it to try to learn it.

It took me a while to get it, but I was also knitting half combined (in other words, I was doing it half twisted, half not. So, the purl stitch was sitting the right way, but the knit stitch was twisted). If you follow the vids, you should get it though. I learned English first, so switching to Continental was awkward, and I blame it on learning the English method first (and my relying on my memory since my mentor passed away) as to what made me knit oddly. I clap for you for trying to learn continental first!

Some people knit continentally and purl English...so whatever floats your boat I say, eventually learn both just so you know what the big deal is.

I just love continental because there's no extra steps...it's just go through the loop and scoop, drop off. That's all it is ...With English, it's a lasso-ing action, and that would throw my shoulder out even more than it goes (it will create more back tension - rhomboids where most people get their tension) And it could possibly aggravate a wrist problem depending on how you move your hand. I have some Carpal Tunnel Symptoms, so that's another reason why. There's less stress by doing Continental. So, you'll be more comfortable for longer, once you get addicted to it lol.

And that means less massages needed :-p, but then again, who wants less massages?

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I was taught Continental knitting when I was little and didn't even know that other ways to knit existed before I started visiting knit related sites on the Internet. That was this summer!

To me it seems awkward to do that lasso-thing with your right hand at the same time as you're supposed to hold the needle. It wouldn't work for me. I'm not that coordinated.

Good luck with whatever method you decide on!
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Old 01-11-2006, 08:45 AM   #8
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I am a pretty zippy speedy fast English knitter if I must say so myself....you will knit faster with the method that is most comfortable for YOU. I think everything involved in knitting takes some experimentation before you develop your own pace, tension, way of holding needles and yarn, etc.
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I knit English. It's the way I learned, and I'd say it's fast enough for me. I certainly get plently of knitting done. I've tried conti just to see how it feels but I'm so comfortable with English that switching would make it seem like I wasn't 'knitting' anymore, if you know what I'm trying to say.
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I knit English. I tried continental, but it seems I'm not coordinated enough. But as everyone says, whatever feels right for you is best.
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