I learned to knit last summer and was taught by my MIL. She taught me the english or throw method, and I've used it up until this past weekend when we went to visit my husband's grandparents and I saw his grandma knitting "differently."
After browsing this site (thank you for your videos!!) I realized she was knitting continentally. Being the crafty person that I am, I just *had* to try it for myself. And after reading, it seems that continental knitting generally has a reputation for being a bit faster. With several ambitious knitting projects on the horizon that I want to complete in time for the holidays this year (yes, I'm starting this early! haha) I decided to teach myself continental and see which I find more efficient. I know it's Amy's preferred method, and she mentions that knowing both methods is good later down the road for stranding colour work. Anyway...
I've hit my first road block on the highway to learn continental... tension.
I've watched the videos again and again and I try to replicate the way the yarn is held in the left hand but I just can't seem to quite get it. I can't get the yarn to "flow" freely and smoothly through my hands when I hold the yarn in various methods, even though I try. It just feels so funny and I'm not sure what I am doing wrong. I've not had this issue before with the english throw method -- I just kinda let the yarn hang there off to the right and throw it over and don't do anything special to even out my tension. Bad, I know.
Does anyone have any advice or tips/tricks to holding the yarn properly and having it smoothly flow along my hand/between my fingers as I hold it to keep even tension or am I doomed to never pick up continental? Or is it just a matter of me practicing and that's it? I'm determined!
Thanks for any insight