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Old 03-15-2006, 01:05 PM   #11
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I agree with "whatever feels best". I tried to learn English from a book and was ready to run into the nearest craft store and break every needle in sight...Then I tried continential and I picked it up like I had been born to do it. (I'm not a great knitter but I understand what I know...)
I tried to convert my sister to continential but she got lost...
I taught my best friend the basics in continential and several folks in my SNB want me to teach them continential (they are English knitters). See if you can watch someone who knits continential for a little while--that might help too if you decide you want to try it!
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Old 03-15-2006, 01:34 PM   #12
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I've been wondering lately whether I should switch from English to Continental. I learned to knit sort of incidental to taking my wife and neighbor around to various yarn shops. When I finally did take a lesson it was from someone who only knit English. I would appreciate hearing from someone who decided to make the transition, how they did it, how long it took and whether in the long run it was worth it.
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Old 03-15-2006, 02:07 PM   #13
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I originally learned English and started Continental last summer when I was having pretty bad hand pain. It was slow at first, but now I'm a little faster at knitting with Continental. Learning to purl Continental was a lot harder for me, I'm only now getting where I am as fast as I was purling English. Also, I can't knit Continental with big needles, say 13 and up. So what I use varies from project to project and how tired my hands are. It's also useful knowing how to do both cause it makes fair isle knitting go faster :D
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Old 03-15-2006, 02:08 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by Jeremy
I've been wondering lately whether I should switch from English to Continental.
Why would you want to if knitting english works for you? I guess I can see it if you are still feeling awkward with it or something. Just curious.
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Old 03-15-2006, 02:54 PM   #15
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From what I hear, English is supposed to be slower going than Continental. So I guess I just want to go as fast as I'm able. (typing this I'm laughing at myself; as if I'm in the business of manufacturing shawls and socks.) Anyhow thats the reason. :D
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Old 03-15-2006, 03:25 PM   #16
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Many years ago, I learned to knit from my left handed granny, and learned contential... unbeknowst to me... so when I decided to take up knitting again, I was learning from a book, and it taught English. I tried and tried to knit that way, but the tension was crappy and I was setting needles down to throw and get the yarn into place... just generally making a mess of everything. Then I watched Amy's video of contential knitting, and it looked so much more familiar. I switched over and all the sudden I had tension and rhythm. It "clicked" for me.

That being said, I have a hard time with purl because I purl much tighter than I knit so I end up having to use a larger sized needle when I purl just so I can knit back into the stitch, otherwise I spend a lot of time stretching out the loop to knit into. I do find it much faster, but it could be because of the muscle memory from my youth.
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Old 03-15-2006, 03:37 PM   #17
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I think no matter how you knit you get faster and more efficient.
There are plenty of very fast english knitters out there. Look at it this way, if you are uncomfortable with a style then your knitting will always be just a bit worse than in the style that works for you.
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Old 03-15-2006, 04:33 PM   #18
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I've tried to knit Continental, but even after watching Amy's videos time after time, I still can't get the hang of it. I feel like I'm learning how to knit all over again. I'd like to learn though because I'd like to be able to knit when my right hand gets sore.
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Old 03-15-2006, 04:40 PM   #19
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I knit English because that's how I learned and that's what feels like knitting to me. I've tried Conti just to see what the difference was, but I prefer English. I think I'm quite fast enough, thankyouverymuch.

The bottom line is to enjoy knitting and to enjoy the method that you use. No one's ever sat next to me with a stop watch.
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Old 03-15-2006, 05:05 PM   #20
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I'm not sure a stop watch could keep up with you Ingrid!!
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