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Old 06-15-2006, 04:20 PM   #1
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Holding my needles...
Hi everyone!

I've been knitting for a few years, and when I was taught how to knit, I didn't feel right until I held my needles in a way that is different to both the English and the Continental methods. To me, its very comfortable, and I seem to knit fine as I am. I've tried to knit via the English and continental methods, but it just doesn't feel good to me, and I always end up going back to my way! My stitches seem to be fine when I knit - neither too tight or too loose, and while I might be a bit slower than other knitters, I get there in the end!

But, what I'm wondering really is, whether in order to knit 'properly', I should try to hold the needles in either the English or the Continental method -- or is it fine to have your own little style (that is different to the textbooks) of holding them?
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Old 06-15-2006, 04:23 PM   #2
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As long as you're happy with what comes off of them, you go and hold your needles any old way you want!
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Old 06-15-2006, 04:28 PM   #3
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Thanks Ingrid! :D

*props one needle under arm and starts knitting again* :XX:
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Old 06-15-2006, 04:36 PM   #4
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I've heard of the 'needle under the arm' method. In fact there was a French woman on TV recently (the one that got the new face) who held her needle that way.
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The only time that the way you hold your needles maybe an issue is when you are learning a new stitch or pattern that has a complicated set of instructions. Then you may have to play with the way you wrap the yarn or such in order to achieve the same results. I have the same problem, because I knit left and hold the yarn in my left, so I have to re-interpret even the left-handed directions a bit to accomodate my unusual style.

For example I just learned a twisted drop stitch and had to play with wrapping the yarn for several rows in order to achieve the correct look to the stitch. It is doable, just requires you to be able to think outside of the box.
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Old 06-19-2006, 12:38 AM   #6
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Hello everyone.

I am new here. I was reading this thread with interest.... I knit with one needle under my arm as well. I think you have much more control, and it's very fast. I've never been able to master short needles..

I'm working on Violets by the River shawl.
You can see it here.. http://www.blackberry-ridge.com/viosilk.htm

I've always knitted with a printed ( written pattern) which this is.
However, a gal asked me to make a shawl for her for her wedding in August,and I have the pattern and the yarn arriving probably tomorrow.
The only problem is, that it's a CHART..and simple from what I was told, but I have had no experience with charts.....*sigh*

I was wondering if I needed some help with it, would y'all be kind enough to help me with it?

You can see the shawl here:
http://www.fiddlesticksknitting.com/MeshLarge.html

Anyway, I am pleased to meet you all.

Happy Knitting! :XX: :XX:
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Old 06-19-2006, 07:42 AM   #7
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Adriana--once you get the hang of charts, you won't want to go back to written instructions. Of course we will be happy to help.
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Old 06-19-2006, 01:31 PM   #8
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Sooooo nice to meet you. Thank you so much for volunteering!
I'll be so ever grateful for any assistance.
The only charts I was comfortable with, was when I made an afghan ( afghan stitch) and had to embroider over the stitches, and that was 30 years ago!
I've attached a photo of the afghan, which was supposed to be made in 3 strips.. I hate doing things that way...I made it in one piece....
In fact, when I knit I make both sleeves at the same time as well as both fronts at the same time if it's a cardigan, and if it's a pullover, I make both front and back at the same time.
I find charts confusing...*l*
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That is gorgeous!!!!
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Wowzers! That is an awesome afghan!
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