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Old 02-12-2006, 09:33 PM   #1
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Continental or English for brand new knitter?
This may be more of an "opinion" than how-to question, I don't know. Since I don't have any knitting experience, is there an advantage to teaching myself one method over another? I have the Continental caston down, but I am having trouble with both methods of knitting at the moment. I want to focus on just one, to avoid confusing myself, but I don't know which to choose.

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Old 02-12-2006, 09:38 PM   #2
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You'll get opinions on both, I'm sure. I knit English, always have, always will. Others swear by Continental, saying it's faster.

I suggest trying both and see which feels more comfortable for you. That's the deciding factor for a lot of people.

In the end, the knitted project looks the same, so that's not a consideration.
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English here because it just feels right to me. I actually started out continental, but was having issues so I switched. There is no right or wrong or easy or hard way. It's what works for you.
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Old 02-13-2006, 12:05 AM   #4
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It looks like the English is working a little better for me. But it's so frustrating! I feel like I "have it" and then I have lost it again. I have a couple of yards of yarn and I'm just knitting and pulling it out over and over again. Can I really learn this?????
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It's knitting. Kids learn it. Hang in there--it was odd for all of us the first time!
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Old 02-13-2006, 02:47 AM   #6
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I'm doing it! I'm doing it! Something finally went "click" and it started working. Oh boy!

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You have to admit, taking two sticks and using them to tangle up yarn in a particular way over and over again is not what you might call a "natural" skill! No one is born knowing how to knit - Though several of us are born to knit.
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Don't keep taking it out...keep going! That is the key to getting the hang of it and you can see your progress as you go further.
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Your frustration is so normal, but hanging in there will reap 1000 times the reward of conquering the cordination. As to which technique is best..... it is all about comfort. I perfer the continental method because of holding the yarn on the left ( I crochet, it is a habit) and the continental method has less right hand movement. Watch Amy's videos and copy her movements, step by step. Have the needles in hand and use the pause button after you each movement, mimick each movement. The size of your stitches will be different, but at this point, gauge is not important, technique and what, where, and how is the focus. I wish I knew about this website when I started.
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I have gone insane. My neighborhood craft store is having a big yarn sale, and I went back this morning and bought lots more yarn, more needles, books . . .

Once I started "getting it" I couldn't stop! And all those luscious yarns, how can you not buy them all? I had to slap myself to get me out of the store today.

What I have found working for me is the double caston, then English style knitting. I was able to figure out the English better.

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