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Old 04-17-2007, 01:34 PM   #1
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How Should I hold my Knitting?
I am really enjoying knitting my baby blanket but the longer it gets, the more I'm starting to wonder if I'm holding it all correctly.
I hold my needles like a knife so my knitting gets bunched up between my thumb and finger if you know what I mean.
I don't know if I can knit with my hands on top like I see in pictures as I was taught this way years ago but having never actually knitted properly until now, I'm wondering if I should change my position.
Any ideas or does anyone else knit like me?!
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Old 04-17-2007, 01:45 PM   #2
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Do you mean you hold your needles like a pencil? Because my hand is on top of my needles and my knife.

It doesn't matter how you hold them though. It's what works for you. Are you knitting the baby blanket on straight needles? It's much easier on circular needles because the weight of the blanket is on the cord. You can use circs for flat knitting just like straight needles.
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Old 04-17-2007, 01:48 PM   #3
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Hi Jan - yes, like a pencil (doh, I forgot there are several ways to hold a knife!)
Yes to straight needles as well - it's not a complicated pattern or anything and came in a kit so needles were supplied (although they were plastic and snapped so I bought metal to replace). I looked at the circular needles and walked away - I didn't realise I could use them for normal knitting!
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Old 04-17-2007, 01:54 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by Redlesley
I looked at the circular needles and walked away - I didn't realise I could use them for normal knitting!
A lot of people don't realize that. You just turn your knitting like normal, but it's on a circular. I rarely use straights anymore (except DPNs).
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Old 04-17-2007, 02:08 PM   #5
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Thanks for that - next time I visit Satwa (the area in Dubai where they sell needles!) I'll stock up on some circs!
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Old 04-17-2007, 02:41 PM   #6
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I've heard of that style of knitting, and even saw Katherine Hepburn knitting in that style on an old movie once. I think that style only works well with small projects or thin yarn.

If you're working on a thick blanket, you'll DEFINITELY have to hold the yarn differently.
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Old 04-17-2007, 04:03 PM   #7
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Lucille Ball knit holding her ndl like a pencil. In the "I Love Lucy" epis involving the birth of Little Ricky, she's seen making up little sweaters, etc. Seemed to work fine for such a small garment, but agree that it wouldn't work for large items.

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Thanks Sandy and Cam - had no idea I was so retro in my style! lol!!
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Old 04-18-2007, 09:49 AM   #9
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There was a British designer on Knitty Gritty that held her knitting that way. Vicky commented on it and the designer said she was taught to hold her knitting needles "lady like."
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