Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 07-19-2006, 10:43 PM   #1
Not Special
Casting On
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 2
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
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?
TIA!

forgot to add - are you E or C and why? raised that way, changed and love it, changed and went back?
Not Special is offline   Reply With Quote

 

This advertising will not be shown to registered members. Join our free online community today!

Old 07-19-2006, 11:21 PM   #2
Renoah
1st Leg of the Journey
 
Renoah's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: roaming the world with Sarah Jane
Posts: 125
Thanks: 5
Thanked 7 Times in 7 Posts
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.
__________________
"There is no such thing as an ordinary human." -The Doctor
The UnSTABLE Knitter
Renoah is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2006, 11:23 PM   #3
Ingrid
Moderator
Mod Squad
 
Ingrid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Pleasant Valley, NY
Posts: 29,581
Thanks: 21
Thanked 2,240 Times in 1,837 Posts
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.
__________________
"Trust the pattern!"

Time flies like an arrow, but fruit flies like a banana.

Hop aboard while we follow the cloud-covered van of knitting harmony, man!! Woooo!! --Hedgehog

IngridKH on Ravelry
Ingrid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2006, 11:25 PM   #4
 
Posts: n/a
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.

Glad you came back :D
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2006, 11:57 PM   #5
Phretys
Knitting the Flap
 
Phretys's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: California, USA
Posts: 250
Thanks: 9
Thanked 33 Times in 33 Posts
Send a message via Yahoo to Phretys
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!)

Debi
Phretys is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-20-2006, 02:40 AM   #6
EssenceRose
Knitting the Flap
 
EssenceRose's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Wellington, New Zealand
Posts: 446
Thanks: 13
Thanked 22 Times in 22 Posts
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.
__________________
All American girl living in the beautiful country of New Zealand!!

On the hook! - Fan Bookmark Scarf , Friendship Doily, Fan Bookmark

Rantings of a Crazed Woman!

EssenceRose is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-20-2006, 03:46 AM   #7
Not Special
Casting On
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 2
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
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
Not Special is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-20-2006, 07:55 AM   #8
tab
Knitting the Flap
 
tab's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Ontario
Posts: 305
Thanks: 1
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Send a message via AIM to tab
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.
__________________
Just because I'm easily distracted doesn't mean I
tab is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-20-2006, 08:07 AM   #9
Angelia
 
Posts: n/a
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.
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-20-2006, 08:59 AM   #10
DoulaLyndsey
1st Leg of the Journey
 
DoulaLyndsey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Posts: 239
Thanks: 24
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Send a message via AIM to DoulaLyndsey Send a message via Yahoo to DoulaLyndsey
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.
__________________
~Lyndsey, mom of 3, obsessive knitter, birth doula, future midwife, and Harry Potter fanatic
Hippy Mama Knits


DoulaLyndsey on Ravelry

Currently working on:
-Lotus Blossom Tank (for me!)
-socks for step dad for xmas
-Fiber Trends felted clogs for great-aunt for xmas
-Sun Ray shawl from Elann for grandma for xmas
DoulaLyndsey is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Continental & English artistatlarge101 General Knitting 8 10-20-2010 05:57 PM
English Vs. Continental igklico General Knitting 14 03-01-2010 01:08 PM
English vs continental? Ironlung21 General Knitting 16 10-26-2007 11:42 PM
English or Continental? Jackie M. General Knitting 39 12-14-2006 04:37 PM
Continental or English? Kniki General Knitting 21 11-19-2006 06:57 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:13 AM.