Originally Posted by Mazie
One question I have is, are they signing up because they know you knit Conti? It's hard to say unless we know what the students are expecting. But, Yes, both ways are good- Now can you teach me how to knit the English way with the needle under my arm? *smile*
I'm just offering a beginning knitting class. I didn't think about how I was going to teach it until I read in my CYC manual that English is easier to learn and that you can control your gauge better using English. (Yes, that's what the manual says -- take it up with them, not me!)
I started thinking about all the debate about English vs Conti and the fact that there are more English knitters than Conti knitters. I was wondering if there was an expectation about how one would learn to knit -- do people assume that a beginning knitting class teaches English and that you only learn Conti if you are being taught by your Eastern European grandmother or mother or learn it after you've mastered English knitting?
I spent a good part of yesterday knitting English with the help of Amy's videos and my 9 yo dd and I did pretty well. It took me awhile to get the hang of purling but if I must say so myself, I took to it pretty quick. My gauge was much tighter knitting English, bordering on too tight but then again my gauge in Conti is too loose. I actually enjoyed my English knitting and I think I can now teach both -- however, the needle under the arm thing is not anything I can do just yet
So now I think I can comfortably teach either way and hope that people will pick up the method they are more comfortable with.
I so appreciate all of everyone's input!