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Old 07-20-2006, 09:43 AM   #11
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I'm trying to make the switch to Conti. I have knitting down pat. And since I was a crocheter as a kid this felt very comfy. Purling has been harder to switch. I am now at a point where I am determined to learn and make it comfy. It just seems so much faster. So I picked up a ball of yarn that I have a ton of and won't miss and figured I will work on a swatch everyday for a little bit until it is as comfy as english is. This may be the longest swatch in history but by the time I am done I will be a Conti knitter!
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Old 07-20-2006, 10:38 AM   #12
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I hope I continue with e or c or whatever I end up cos this is a nice community
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Old 07-20-2006, 12:17 PM   #13
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I, too, began as an English knitter, I taught myself to knit and it was easier to learn the throwing method for me.
I then decided that I wanted to learn conti knitting and gave it a go with Amy's helpful videos...well, after a couple of weeks it was completely natural to me and English then seemed a bid of an odd way to knit.
Now, if I can possibly remember before beginning another project, I want to try combination knitting
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Old 07-20-2006, 12:32 PM   #14
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I learned to knit English. When I discovered this site I tried to knit continental but my tension was way to tight. I went back almost immediately to English. Recently I was knitting a long ways( I cast on 400 stitches) scarf for myself . After a row and a half of knitting my right had was getting so tired and cramped I was beginning to wonder if I should start over and just knit a side to side scarf. But I really was loving the vertical stripes I was getting so I switched to Continental and kept going. The best part was my right hand could rest! My tension is getting much, much better.
I still don't feel completely comfortable with Cont. Now I am knitting a scarf for my brother and I am trying to do it all continental. I figure after I finish this scarf if I am still not comfortable I will go back to English but I have a feeling I probably won't.

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Old 07-20-2006, 07:51 PM   #15
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I taught myself throwing with my left hand (I do everything else right-handed besides brushing my teeth ). I had tried conti knitting a couple of times in the middle of projects, but would switch back because my tension was way too tight.

I started a sock class at a LYS 3 weeks ago, and the instructor took some time to show me conti since as he put it "I was practically doing it anyway." I decided to stick with it from the beginning, and now I'm a convert!

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Old 07-20-2006, 08:32 PM   #16
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I learned English knitting and tried out Continental - it took me quite a while to learn and what I've found is that the tension for Continental is about half an inch bigger in width and length on a 20 row swatch, using worsted wool and 4mm needles.

If I try to hurry it though, the tension becomes tight. The problem I have is that I sometimes get bored knitting English and then try Continental half way through something - NOT A GOOD IDEA! Too much difference in the stitch size.

Another prob. with the way I knit English is that I stick the right needle under my arm - which is pretty effective until you want to use circulars! Continental has come in really handy for that and for shorter length needles and it seems easier for me to do Continental that way, rather than on longer length straight needles.

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Old 07-20-2006, 09:53 PM   #17
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I'm an English knitter... just felt more natural that way. Although I am told that this is unusual for a lefty! (And I crochet with the hook in my right hand... so go figure)
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Old 07-21-2006, 11:59 PM   #18
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I am a Continental knitter (hence the username) LOL I learned English, but I watched Amy's videos and it is just faster and easier. Great for doing ribbing. For me, switching was akward, but try it. you'll love it.
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Old 07-22-2006, 06:06 AM   #19
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I learned to knit using the Continental method. I've tried the English way, but it just doesn't feel comfortable. I have the best tension with the working yarn in my left hand. It is faster and easier, although I would like to knit both ways.
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Old 07-22-2006, 07:09 AM   #20
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I use the English method, because that's how I learned. Since finding this site, I've been trying to use the conti method more. If I have a project that's garter stitch, I can do it, but purling is just out of the question. No matter how I try, I just can't get it.

I started a thread a while back, that I can no longer find. It had to do with some trouble I was having with numbness in my fingers on my right hand. Anyway, this is the reason I started trying the conti method. Now I have another problem. The thumb of my left hand cramps. *sigh*

I end up knitting English until my right hand fingers go numb, then switching to conti until my left thumb cramps up, then switch back..... (unless it's a pattern with purl stitches. Then it has to be english all the way)

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