View Poll Results: What type of knitter are you?
English Style 34 49.28%
Continental Style 26 37.68%
Other (please explain) 10 14.49%
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Old 02-25-2008, 04:26 PM   #11
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I voted English style. My version is more like the Yarn Harlot (Irish Cottage) but the fingers in my right hand are not as straight as hers. My right hand does not leave the needle. I didn't realize there were so may styles of knitting.
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Old 02-25-2008, 07:32 PM   #12
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I voted other, I'm a combined knitter. But when i show someone else how to knit I show them the um, i dunno which is which, the one wher the yarn is in the left hand.

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Old 02-25-2008, 07:54 PM   #13
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primarily english, though working a blanket in continental right now...I just can't get the tension right when holding the yarn...

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Old 02-25-2008, 08:42 PM   #14
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I knit primarily English but I do know how to knit continental. I did knit an entire sweater Conti but I decided I really prefer English. The purling alway feels very awkward when I am knitting continentally.
When I have taught people to knit I have taught both ways. My lefty friend loves continental.

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Old 02-26-2008, 12:10 PM   #15
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I voted continental- I am only working on my 2nd project now & it's the 1st one with purls- I am slowly getting the hang of it. It's hard to see if my tension is OK w/ the purling because I am working w/ Homespun and it's wibbly!
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Old 02-26-2008, 12:21 PM   #16
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My lefty friend loves continental
Yep, there it is, lefties like me like Continental. When I learned it, it was called "pick knitting" or "picking".

My goal is to learn the Irish Country style, but I'm trying to figure out how to modify that to my left hand, seems I'm almost there now.

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Old 02-26-2008, 12:37 PM   #17
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I learned to knit English method, but tried my hand at continental method. I prefer English method. I'd love to try to perfect the Yarn Harlot's method. Continental is nice and I am sure is faster than I knit currently, but I love throwing.
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Old 02-26-2008, 12:56 PM   #18
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I use a little of both. That's just the way that I learned from my mother who learned from her grandmother. It works for me so I haven't tried to change it.
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Old 02-27-2008, 06:38 AM   #19
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I had never seen or heard of the English style until I came here and saw it. I've been trying to learn the method but it's going horribly.
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Old 02-27-2008, 07:02 AM   #20
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I think there, at time, seems to be a bit of "snobbery" attached to continental knitting. Now please don't jump all over me because I don't mean here. But I have had, on several occasions, someone come up to me whilst I was knitting, peer over my should and say " I knit CONTINENTAL" as if it were the end all be all and sign of a true knitter. I even had someone say to me to too long ago that they were a "real" knitter because they didn't "throw" their yarn.

I knit because I enjoy it, not for speed or to see how many items I can crank out. While I find the Yarn Harlot's speed impressive I also think it would be tiring and not so much fun.

Knitting style should be a matter of personal preference not a competition. I would someday like to learn COntinental but only so I can say "I tried it" but for now I am a happy ENGLISH knitter!
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