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Old 03-15-2006, 10:13 AM   #1
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English v. Continental
Hi all,

I knit English and am pretty slow. I want to knit a bit faster and was thinking may be to try knitting Continental style.

Has any of you tried switching from English to Continental? Are there any other ways which can help me speed up a bit?

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Old 03-15-2006, 10:19 AM   #2
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I think that one way just "clicks" for you...give it a try, give it a few weeks and see how it feels. I tried learning English and if I hadn't switched to continental, I would have quit knitting. Something about it just didn't feel right to me, it was so difficult, and I could not get even tension to save my life. Continental, on the other hand, feels totally natural to me. But my MIL just tried to switch, and she didn't take to continental at all.

To each their own....it's just pulling loops through other loops, no matter which way you do it :D
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I started out continental and switched to english. Julie is right, try it for awhile and see what works for you.
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Old 03-15-2006, 11:31 AM   #4
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Thanks guys,

Jan, can I become faster with time if I stick with English?
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Originally Posted by Tamar Dohel
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Jan, can I become faster with time if I stick with English?
Sure, time will increases your speed and improve tension. Continental knitters say that doing it that way is faster because you don't have to throw the yarn, but you have to do what works for you. My speed varies with the yarn and pattern, too. I had a hard time purling with continental so that is the main reason I switched and now I find it easier.
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Old 03-15-2006, 11:55 AM   #6
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I knit both ways, though now that I figured out continental, I like it better. I learned English from a book, and did that for a while, but then I started making my sock and my finger was getting sore from where I pushed the needle down, so I switched to continental to save my finger tips.

A few observations I have about my knitting:
*I have a slightly looser tension when knitting continental than I do when knitting English.
*Some stitches are harder for me to perform in continental
*If I have coarse yarn, it's going to eat up my finger no matter which way I knit.
*I am no faster knitting continental than I am while knitting English, but it looks cooler

Your method may vary. I say go for it. You can't lose. It took me a while of trying continental before I got the hang of it.
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Thanks Jan,

Your words are very encouraging. I was sure that all the fast experienced knitters on this site were continental and that you can't get very far on English.

I did try continental once for just a few stitches and it was too fiddly. I could probably master it if I put my mind to it and take my time. May be I'll give it another go again.

Also, my knitting friend, Susan, who lives down the road from me said that I might as well stick to what I know though she's a continental.

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Originally Posted by Tamar Dohel
I was sure that all the fast experienced knitters on this site were continental and that you can't get very far on English.
INGRID knits english method!

Here's an older thread on the subject with a poll. Very interesting!
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I'm still reading the old thread.

Thanks. I feel more confident now.
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I'm a crocheter and supposedly that's supposedly to help with continental, but it doesn't for me. I think it's because I crochet left handed and knit (English) right-handed. Weird. Anyway, I've tried and tried and tried continental and I can't do it, so I've given up.

I say do whatever feels best for you. I know continental looks cooler and that's probably why I tried so hard but it's just not worth the frustration and sweaty fingers to me.
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