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Old 07-19-2006, 10:43 PM   #1
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English to Continental - when will it feel good? what r u?
HI - retruning to knitting after 20 years - decided to learn continental - raised an english knitter.
Im getting the hang of it rather quickly, but just wondering when it will feel like home?
Anyone made the switch and so glad they did?

forgot to add - are you E or C and why? raised that way, changed and love it, changed and went back?
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Old 07-19-2006, 11:21 PM   #2
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I learned to knit English from my grandma, and I just learned to knit continental last December. I did a simple two-color stranded scarf in a tube (5 stitches of one, 5 of the other in a spiral) with one color in each hand, and by the end of the scarf I was more comfortable with knitting continental. I now avoid knitting English except when I'm doing stranded stuff.
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I've always knit English. I tried conti--not to switch, but just to try it out--and even though I could do it, it just doesn't feel like knitting to me, or like home as you so aptly put it.
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Welcome back!!!! And on a personal note, what's with your screen name??? I hope it's not what I think it is because if it is, I'm sure you're wrong. You're special because you are a knitter!

Okay, now, I was too taught english, but have switched to continental. I'm a 'combined purler'. It just sort of happened that way. I do like the continental way of knitting because it is faster IMO. It took a couple of weeks for me.

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Old 07-19-2006, 11:57 PM   #5
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I started and stuck with Continental. I did crochet before and also held the yarn in my left hand for that, so I guess it just made sense for me. Plus I like to finish things quickly, and English seems involve too many motions that would slow me down (but that's just me!)

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I am right handed and was taught to crochet by my step mother when I was about 6 or 7 (from memory). I didn't start knitting until about 5 years ago (and gave it up for the longest time) and I guess it was just a natural thing that I knit continental. I never even knew about English style knitting until I found this site, believe it or not.
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Thanks ladies - gives me food for thought.
My screen name - its just one I use here and there and it came from a very serious site where I was too scared to post for the longest time bc everyone was So Cleva. Its a 'not here to bother anyone' name.
I hope I continue with e or c or whatever I end up cos this is a nice community
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I knit English style; it's what I learned. I've tried knitting conti, and I can do it with relative ease, but not for long periods of time. The way I end up rotating my wrists is really hard on them, and they were sort of gimpy to start with.
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I knit conti because I used to crochet, so holding the yarn in my left hand seems really natural to me. I can knit English, but my tension is too tight. It would loosen with practice, I know, because my conti knitting has.
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I'm a continental knitter. It's the way I first learned, and it's just faster and easier for me (might help that I'm left handed). I know how to do English, but it is much slower and just feels awkward to me.
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