View Poll Results: Which method do you prefer?
English 37 38.95%
Continental 51 53.68%
Either/I have no preference 4 4.21%
Other 3 3.16%
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Old 02-10-2008, 03:51 PM   #1
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English or Continental - what's your preference?
When I taught myself to knit via KH last summer (thanks ) I learned the English or throw method. I got purty good at it, too. BUT, for various reasons (I find ribbing a PITA this way, I'd love to dive into stranded knitting, speed baby speed) I'm now learning Continental. Ribbing is a BREEZE It made me curious to what everyone here prefers.
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Old 02-10-2008, 03:56 PM   #2
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I learned to knit English when I was a kid, but recently started doing Continental and have found it to be much more efficient. I've been practicing, but it's frustrating at times since I'm not proficient yet and I lose patience with myself. Eventually I would love to able to knit both ways with ease.
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Old 02-10-2008, 04:07 PM   #3
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I knit English- but I don't even know how to knit Continental, so I'm sort of biased.
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Old 02-10-2008, 04:08 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by lactosefree View Post
Eventually I would love to able to knit both ways with ease.
Me, too. I want to learn to controll my tension w/ my left hand so I can do two color knitting with one yarn in each hand. Very hard for me.

I prefer to do English method. I have more control with the purls and my yarn tension is easier for me. I've seen people do it by letting go of the right needle and wrap the yarn round. I don't let go. I just use a slight dip w/ my left hand to get the old stitch in place and then at the same time, use my right index finger to slip the new stitch on the right needle.
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Old 02-10-2008, 04:16 PM   #5
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I voted wrong. I'm a continental knitter.
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Old 02-10-2008, 04:26 PM   #6
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i knit english, but i do know continental. (not real good at it YET)
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Old 02-10-2008, 04:53 PM   #7
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I knit combined and purl continental, except I kinda throw with the left hand. *shrugs* I have my own little way of doing things :P
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Old 02-10-2008, 05:13 PM   #8
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I knit conti I tried to knit english first but couldn't get it.
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Old 02-10-2008, 05:16 PM   #9
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I am slowly learning continental. I am so extremely intimidated by knitting though, so keep going back to my numerous crochet WIPs. I tried english before and it was horrid since I'm used to having the yarn in my left hand with crocheting, and continental so far feels better (I can do the knit stitch). Don't know if I'll ever conquer my fear of knitting though.
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Old 02-10-2008, 05:56 PM   #10
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I learned to crochet very young and cannot hold my yarn in the right hand.
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