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Old 12-22-2006, 08:32 PM   #1
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I want to teach myself continental knitting so I thought I would make a scarf to give to charity. If I just do stockinette the edges will curl so should I do the first and last two stitches in garter? Got any suggestions?
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Old 12-22-2006, 08:40 PM   #2
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First and last two stitches in garter will not be enough to keep stockinette from curling, no matter what fiber yarn you are using. I'd suggest either a fully garter stitch scarf which would give you lots of practise, or seed stitch or ribbing.
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Old 12-22-2006, 09:41 PM   #3
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I am having a hard time with the tension. When I knit with the yarn in my right hand I don't wrap the yarn at all. I just hold it between my thumb and middle finger and my tension is always bang on. But I am tired of moving my hole hand and shoulder for every stitch. With the yarn in the left I am able to pick up the stitch ok but the yarn seems to get stuck on my fingers and then when I pull I get too much yarn and then I have to re-wrap my fingers. I am trying it the first way Amy showed with just wrapping it around the pointer finger because when I try the method of wrapping it around my pinky it does not work at all. Amy said you control the tension with it wrapped around the pinky by sqeezing your pinky and ring finger together. So how do you control the tension with it wrapped around your pointer? My tension is so tight I am afraid to start my next project and screw it up.
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Old 12-22-2006, 09:49 PM   #4
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Changed my mind, I don't think I will like continental knitting because I just watched the purl stitch and you have to use so many fingers I don't think I am co-ordinated enough. The knit stitch is faster but I don't like the purl stitch. I guess I will stick to my backwards way but at least my tension is good.
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Old 12-22-2006, 10:04 PM   #5
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Hey, go to youtube.com and search for continental knitting. She holds the yarn slightly differently so you don't have as much trouble purling. I'm learning it this way and like it a lot.

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Old 12-22-2006, 10:27 PM   #6
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I don't do the purl with two fingers, I only use my pointer, it's fast, easy and I now can't imagine knitting any other way.
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Old 12-22-2006, 10:49 PM   #7
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I can knit continental style and I don't wrap the yarn at all. I put it over my index finger and curl my other fingers around it, kind of tensioning it along the needle. Anything else and my tension is too tight. I agree about the purl though and even if I knit conti, I'll purl English. You might look at combination knitting; that's a much easier way of purling. There's a video here and a demo at Annie Modesitt's site - http://www.modeknit.com/combined.html

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Old 12-23-2006, 01:06 PM   #8
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Wow, thanks for the youtube tip! I have been knitting conti and loving it for stockinette in the round, with my index finger down on the needle. Hated purling. That CraftSanity video is great, it looks totally easy and I am going to go try it right now!

Then later today I'm going to play with the combi method...

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Old 12-23-2006, 05:37 PM   #9
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I can't find the video you are talking about. I went on youtube but did not see continental knitting. The combination knitting will get me confused when I come to inc and dec so I better stay away from that for now. The tip about holding the yarn just over my index finger and squeezing it inbetween my index finger and middle finger works better than wrapping it around my pinky. I just cant get the purling it seems so like more work than english style. I will keep looking for the video you where talking about.
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