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Old 06-25-2007, 09:40 PM   #1
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Am I alone?
Or are other knitters out there content knitting in the english style? It seems everyone wants to knit continental and while I can do that and have enjoyed it, something about the english way brings a calmness to me.

I just wondered if there was anyone else like me?
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Old 06-25-2007, 09:42 PM   #2
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Well, I knit Continental. I always have, a week after I started knitting. But, some of the best knitters around here knit in the English style (like Ingrid, she knits English.) Just be comfortable with your own style, if you get what you like, than it's right. I just feel a certain comfort when I knit Continental, but that's just me. Knit whatever way is right for you, no matter what.
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Old 06-25-2007, 09:43 PM   #3
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i've always knit english and only just recently learned continental. to be honest, i can see myself switching back and forth depending on the project. if it's rows of stockinette? i'll do conti. if it's anything more complicated? i'll probably just stick with my good old english.
it's like a security blanket.
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Old 06-25-2007, 09:43 PM   #4
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I agree with you, robynbird. When I first found knittinghelp.com, I learned to knit continental, and I'm glad that I did; but the rhythm of knitting english is very relaxing to me, and it is still my preferred style.

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Old 06-25-2007, 10:17 PM   #5
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Or are other knitters out there content knitting in the english style? It seems everyone wants to knit continental and while I can do that and have enjoyed it, something about the english way brings a calmness to me.

I just wondered if there was anyone else like me?
I like it just fine. I haven't learned how to knit continental yet, but I'm not in a hurry.

I suppose if I was ever eager to get things done more quickly I might want to learn, but I'm pretty quick as it is so I'm satisfied.
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Old 06-25-2007, 10:21 PM   #6
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I'm a firm English knitter. It's what knitting is for me. It's how I learned and the rhythm and movement is what makes knitting so pleasurable to me.

When I was a teenager, I used to watch the old Italian women on the train zipping through their knitting Conti style and couldn't figure out from watching them how they did it.

Now that I could knit Conti if I wanted to, it just doesn't seem like knitting to me. I have to pay too close attention at this point, too.
I'm satisfied with what I've made my way, so I'm sticking to it.
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Old 06-25-2007, 10:24 PM   #7
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I've been knitting English for a year now, and I've been happy. I could stay this way (and might still wind up doing so), but I want to give Continental a try for future projects.

I'm a person who likes efficiency. Everything I read tells me that Continental is more efficient.

So, I'm willing to try. But if I need to go back to English for good, I'll be okay with that too.
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Old 06-25-2007, 10:25 PM   #8
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I'm with Ingrid. I prefer English...but for completely different reasons.

I have constant pain in my left hand and wrist, so the only thing I can do with that hand is hold the left knitting needle. My right hand will also hurt if I twist my wrist, so I can't "pick out" stitches the Continental way. (I had to quit crochet for the same reason.)

So, I imagine that I'll be an English knitter for life.
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Old 06-25-2007, 10:31 PM   #9
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I have been knitting for 4 years and the whole time I have been using the english method. I've heard continental is more efficient, but I don't plan on switching... I am content with the way I knit.
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Old 06-25-2007, 10:34 PM   #10
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Another English knitter here. That's the way I chose (though I now don't remember why) when I learned and that's what feels completely comfortable to me. I've tried Continental a few times, but I give up after a few stitches. It just doesn't feel "right" to me and my tension is way too loose.
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