Originally Posted by Mayday
Wow you guys are fast to reply! I posted my question, got my daughter on the bus and came back and here you were! Thanks for the encouragement. Funny for me, I find the contintntal purl much easier then the knit. I will keep practicing and hopefully get at least as fast as I was with the english if not more! I also will make sure my kids learn continental knitting from the start. I have never heard of anyone switching from continental to english have you?
I didn't switch but I made myself learn how to knit English so I can eventually teach knitting -- I want to get certified as an instructor by the Craft Yarn Council.
My kids both learned English at school and I thought I'd give it a go so I sat in front of the computer and watched Amy's videos and made my dd sit with me and we knitted away til I got the hang of it -- didn't take me long.
I like knitting English especially if I am gartering. For some reason my garter comes out more even than when I knit Continental (go figure.) However, doing a rib in English is very awkward to me, having to pass the yarn back and front all the time. The first time I tried I ended up with yarnovers until I figured out what the heck I was doing wrong. I'll stick to Continental for that.
I am MUCH faster knitting stockinette in Continental but I do find knitting English relaxing. My gauge is tighter knitting English and that can be an advantage at times.
I like being able to knit English, Continental and Combined. I get to choose how I want to approach a pattern and the flexibility is nice.
I also realize that it does not matter which way one chooses to knit -- the important thing is that there is enjoyment in the process.