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Old 06-22-2007, 05:41 PM   #1
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Continental Tension
I've been using the English method since I started knitting (or at least attempting to knit :rofling but was curious about Continental as it's supposed to be faster.

I was just trying it. Of course it was very slow as I am not used to it and it felt awkward, but my main problem was with the tension.

I find it easy to control the tension with my right hand using the English method, but with the other way I found it impossible to get any tension at all. Very loose. Holding the yarn with the same hand as the needle and not moving it I just couldn't get any tension control.

So, for Conti knitters out there, what's the deal? The trick? The skinny?
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Old 06-22-2007, 05:47 PM   #2
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Mason, I am no help, But when I tried Coni knitting. I had the same problem. so I will wait with you on the secret.
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Old 06-22-2007, 05:55 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by Carla1019 View Post
Mason, I am no help, But when I tried Coni knitting. I had the same problem. so I will wait with you on the secret.

I feel better knowing it's not just me :rofling:
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This may not be a help, but my continental tension is definitely looser than my English ever was....but I was a TIGHT knitter English style (anal-retentive much? is that hyphenated?)

My tension was uneven at first, but just like English after some practice and figuring out how I like to hold things....it evened up quite nicely on its own. And for me, the change allowed me to relax and loosen up my knitting. No more bleeding fingertips and teeth grinding!
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So conti tends to be looser then? That may not be a bad thing really.

maybe I just need to practice it and figure out how to hold the yarn so that it works for me. I tried both ways Amy shows in her video but neither one allows me any tension control at all.
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Mason,

Did you see Madametj's Continental KAL? I've been wanting to learn this method too, and even gave it a go a few months ago but gave up. I'm thinking of doing the KAL. There's already some good information that's been posted.
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No I haven't but will look for it. Thanks.
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Should have posted the link the first time. Sorry!
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Originally Posted by auburnchick View Post
Should have posted the link the first time. Sorry!

Great, thanks. I did find the answer I was looking for. I think I'll stick to English as I like being able to have more control over the tension.
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Originally Posted by Knitting_Guy View Post
So conti tends to be looser then? That may not be a bad thing really.

maybe I just need to practice it and figure out how to hold the yarn so that it works for me. I tried both ways Amy shows in her video but neither one allows me any tension control at all.
It is for me

FWIW, I don't hold my yarn the way Amy does either. It just didn't work for me. I stumbled upon my own way to hold things through trial and error.

I don't purl the way Amy does either, it was just awful and awkward for me--not sure why. If I'm doing stockinette or almost anything but lace, I knit/purl combined and I love it. If I need to purl in a fancy stitch pattern that I don't want to deal with watching stitch orientation, I do the Norwegian method that Amy has under "alternative methods" for purling. It looks fiddily, but it was smoother, faster and easier for me.

Trial and error baby, good luck!
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