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Old 08-11-2007, 01:19 PM   #1
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Continental Vs. English UPDATE
Hi all,

Last weekend I asked about which method is best for someone (me) who already knows how to crochet and is now learning to knit. I had initially been told that Continental would be easier for me as a crocheter. But you all told me whichever method is most comfortable, so I tried them both. Which I did. And the winner is.....

Continental after all! I think I am actually getting quite good at the knit stitch. I hold the yarn the same way I do for crocheting. I just learned the purl stitch and while I can do it and my test piece actually looked pretty good, I still am VERY awkward at it and have to figure out how to do that better.

So thanks for all your help! I think I'm on my way!

P.S. I bought The Complete Beginners Guide to Knitting DVD by Nici McNally and that has helped me a lot. The videos here are great but I love to be able to sit on the couch and watch the DVD, pause and start when I need to. I think using both videos is really going to help me.
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Old 08-11-2007, 03:03 PM   #2
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I'm glad you found something that works well for you.
While you're still in experimental mode, you might
take a crack at Combined Knitting for any pattern that requires both knits and purls (stockinette, for instance).
It's done like Continental, with the yarn in the right hand,
BUT you insert your needle into the back leg of the stitch instead of the front. This twists the stitches. On the return trip, you untwist the stitches by simply scooping the purl stitches instead of doing the somewhat complicated Continental purl maneuver.

Advantages: a far easier way to purl, and very even knitting. Disadvantages: you have to change the way you increase and decrease -- a pain when knitting lace. I just use regular Continental for lace and Combined for most other knitting...and English for doing stranded colorwork with one yarn in each hand.

Annie Modesitt's step-by-step tutorial for Combined Knitting is at Annie Modesitt.com

Grumperina.com also has some great information.
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It's done like Continental, with the yarn in the right hand,
BUT you insert your needle into the back leg of the stitch instead of the front. This twists the stitches. On the return trip, you untwist the stitches by simply scooping the purl stitches instead of doing the somewhat complicated Continental purl maneuver.
Not quite... You hold the yarn in your left like continental and purl through the front loop, but wrapping the stitch the other direction by scooping the yarn. It's the knit stitches that you make in the back loop which prevents them from being twisted.

But do go to http://www.anniemodesitt.com/ to learn more about combined knitting.
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Good job! Personally, I prefer the English method, but whatever works!
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I knit conti and I love it. Im not sure I could knit english if I tried. I personaly think its faster and more confortable, but thats me
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Faster is whatever you're used to and more comfortable with. We're all a little slower when trying a different method.
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I also was a crocheter and started knitting a little over a year ago. I wanted to learn continental because that is what my mother and aunts used. I was extremely awkward with purling at first and just thought it would always be that way, and was told perhaps I should purl English. However, now, at my advanced stage of knitting, I am purling almost as quickly as knitting, and my projects look very even. Hang in there, it really didn't take long for me to get it going.
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Old 08-12-2007, 03:47 PM   #8
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I tought myself from books and Dvd's, This site helped me so much because you can ask for help, and get a response that day, or even that hour. I don't know what level of a knitter I am. How do you figure that one out? (lol) I still ask for help. I love the constant learning.
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Originally Posted by suzeeq View Post
Not quite... You hold the yarn in your left like continental and purl through the front loop, but wrapping the stitch the other direction by scooping the yarn. It's the knit stitches that you make in the back loop which prevents them from being twisted.

But do go to http://www.anniemodesitt.com/ to learn more about combined knitting.

Crikey, I've done it again! I have NEVER been clear about which hand is right and which is left, except during a brief marriage, when I knew that the hand with the ring was the left. Or was it the right? Sorry for the confusion; Suzeeq is absolutely, totally correct.
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