I learned to crochet many years ago and held the yarn in my left hand so when I started knitting I did that, too (continental). HOWEVER, I was just not comfortable with it especially when purling so I tried english and after a little learning period I've become very comfortable with it.
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I learned the English style, but since I crocheted forever before I knitted, it just made more sense to learn how to knit Continental, and I have been doing it that way for about 3 years (been knitting for 4). Like Amy says, it is the fastest when going from knit to purl stitches.
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I taught myself from a book and ended up doing a left-handed English type thing even though I'm right-handed. So I learned Continental a few months ago and never looked back! Tons faster than what I was doing previously, and the tension is much better.
I'm a combination--I knit continental, but I throw the yarn when I purl. Isn't it cool that we can all do it however we want and still get the same results? I love that!
*Dream Swatch in Madil Eden Bamboo
On the needles:
*Isabella from Spring Knitty
*Striped hoodie from Nursery Knits
*Tomato from Knitting Daily
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