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Old 10-25-2006, 03:52 PM   #1
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question re. continental knitting style
I'm very new to knitting (and this forum!), I have been getting on quite well with english style knitting but despite knitting a whole scarf I'm still really slow. I thought I would try the continental knitting to see if that would speed me up a bit, I really like this technique but I have a problem. With continental I am ending up with really loose stitches, I don't seem to be able to control the tension at all, I'm holding the yarn as described on this site and I don't have this problem with English style.
What am I doing wrong ? can anyone help ??
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Old 10-25-2006, 04:01 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum! You will LOVE it. Everyone is so helpful.

I don't think you are doing anything wrong. Just keep at it. It takes a while to get the tension right when trying a new technique. I tried continental style, but I still prefer knitting English style. It's just easier for me and I'm happy with my speed.

Just don't give up. Practice, practice, practice! The more you do, the better and easier it will get.

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Old 10-25-2006, 11:47 PM   #3
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If tension is an issue, you might try wrapping the yarn around your pinky finger to hold it a little tighter.
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Old 10-26-2006, 01:12 AM   #4
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Choose whatever way is most comfortable for you and then practice, practice, practice. An even tension comes only with practice and time.

I actually started out continental because I was a crocheter, but my tension and stitches are much better with english so that is what I stick with. Everyone is different.

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Thank you everyone for your replies, I think for the time being I'll stick with English and hopefully in time I will get quicker !!
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Old 10-27-2006, 08:43 PM   #6
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I made myself learn the Continental knitting, but found that I, too, was knitting very loosely. But now I knit English and purl Continental, which seems to work for me. Purling was always so tedious, but doing it Continental really sped things up.
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Old 10-27-2006, 09:26 PM   #7
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That's odd... when I try continental or combined, I knit much tighter than my usual. I don't wrap the yarn through my fingers the same, going for looser tension, but it's still a bit tighter.

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