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Old 08-09-2008, 07:12 PM   #1
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Contintal purl - What is this madness?
I am an English Knitter or maybe more correctly American knitter, but I am always up for new things and I have been trying to learn Continental Knitting. However... I can knit, but I can't purl. Any suggestions? Stay well, S.
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Old 08-09-2008, 07:18 PM   #2
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Hi Susan. Welcome to the forum!

I switched from English to Continental last year and found purling to be difficult at first. Here are some links that helped me:

The best advice I can give you is to keep at it.

Good luck!
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Thanks, Nathalie. I am having yarn overs, dropped stitches, and all kinds of horrible occurances that don't happen to me in EK. I will keep trying, because I can see that it will be more efficient and I want to be able to do it, but my knitting is sloppy again :( Stay well, S.
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Old 08-09-2008, 11:36 PM   #4
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Hi Susan! Let me add my welcome.

I knit continental, and purl in a manner similar to Amy's continental purling video here on KH. She pushes the yarn down in front of the left needle with her middle finger, but I use my index finger.

Hang in there! It is always hard to change your technique, and it will feel horribly awkward at first, but you'll get the hang of it and come to love the speed and ease of conti knitting.
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Old 08-09-2008, 11:57 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by auburnchick View Post
There's that picture of the thumb method.

That's what I do if it's going to last for more than 6 stitches.
K1P1 I do the finger method but it took a washcloth of moss stitch to get me used to it.
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Old 08-10-2008, 12:10 AM   #6
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If you still have trouble with the purl, don't worry about it. Some people knit continental and purl english.
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That's why I switched to english. I just struggled with the purls. There are times though I wish I could do when I'm ribbing.

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Old 08-10-2008, 06:55 AM   #8
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I'm incredibly lazy, and when I couldn't learn Continental "right now", I gave up. I wanted to do projects, not practice LOL. However, lately I've been doing a lot of k1p1 ribbing, and boy do I wish I'd stuck it out! Maybe after this current pair of socks I'll give it another shot -- if I can make myself put my projects aside for a while.
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I started off English, but I wanted to go faster so I switched to continental. Purling was hard at first but I kept with it. I found what worked for me after a little while and for me it's way easier than English now and definitely faster You'll get it.
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Old 08-10-2008, 06:23 PM   #10
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I had only used the English method of knitting, but l also wanted to try something new. I found the continental in the Finnish Method in both the knit and purl to be easier on my fingers and hands. It just takes a lot of practice and more of the same. It is really nice being able to do English and continental though. Good luck.
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