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Old 04-04-2006, 01:06 AM   #1
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Can I use Continental Knitting with Combined Purling?
My friend just showed me how to do the Combined Purling and I love it! I was wondering if I could continue to knit the way I do (continental) and still use the combined purling method or if I would then need to do the combined knitting method as well. She does the combined knit along with the combined purl but I find the continental knit easier for me. Thanks. :thinking:
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Old 04-04-2006, 08:25 AM   #2
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If you mean Can I knit through the front leg of the loop instead of the back? the answer is no. Well, not unless you want every other row of stitches to be twisted.

Combined purling reverses the position of the stitch on the needle, so that the leading leg of the stitch is on the back instead of the front. To keep it untwisted, you must knit through the back.

If you knit through the front instead you willl notice that the stitch feels too tight, has a tendency to split, and you can see the little legs at the bottom crossing each other as you force them to twist.

If you do opt for combined style, remember that your decreases will slant the opposite direction and must be swapped. When a pattern says K2tog you should SSK and vice versa.
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