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Old 02-22-2008, 07:52 PM   #1
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Trying to learn Yarn Harlot's Irish Cottage Knitting
...But am just not getting it right. I posted this on Ravelry.. I thought I'd post it here and wait for some responses. I am an English knitter (thrower) and would so love to knit like this so that I can get faster. Anyone else try this? Thanks in advance!!
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Old 02-22-2008, 08:04 PM   #2
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That's the way my mum knits, only in Ireland we don't call it "Irish Cottage knitting" it's just called knitting . I do plain old English which my mum keeps correcting me on, I keep meaning to switch but I'll have to basicly relearn how to hold the yarn as I do my tension my own weird way. I am set in my ways.
I asked about it on here before but I wasn't too good at describing it, think it's called "lever action English"
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Old 02-22-2008, 08:13 PM   #3
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I've seen a video on youtube called Peruvian knitting that looks a lot like it. Maybe it'll help

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Old 02-22-2008, 08:22 PM   #4
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I believe that she has been knitting for years and so has had lots of practice. I knit english and do knit similarly to her but not nearly as fast. What I saw on the video was a very basic stitch pattern and that helps in speeding things up as does knitting on pointy needles. I am much faster on a stockinette or garter pattern but have never aspired to speed so much as accuracy. Keep practicing and in time your speed should increase.
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I knit continental, and think it will have to stay that way. WOW, is she ever fast. I can't get the hang of holding the right needle overhanded like she does, if I could, the rest might follow.

Thanks for the link to the video.
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This youtube video helped me understand what was going on a lot better.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBA_qsY9KhQ
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Try this website... I just taught myself to do the lever action/Irish Cottage style from here, and I LOVE it! I knit English already, but I swear this has made me so much faster just a week after switching. It takes out a lot of the excessive motion inherent in English, which I never minded until I switched. Also, I have carpal tunnel, and it seems to be less stressful on my hands. Hope that helps!
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I knit continental, and think it will have to stay that way. WOW, is she ever fast. I can't get the hang of holding the right needle overhanded like she does, if I could, the rest might follow.

Thanks for the link to the video.
Yeah, me too. That's amazing!
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Amazing is right! My hands would totally cramp up if I tried that. I use a finger on my left hand to push the needle back but don't think I could hold my right hand like that for very long.
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I knit like that, only I hold the yarn in my left hand. My right needle certainly does all the work, though. I'm self taught, so maybe that's why.
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