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Old 07-29-2009, 07:58 PM   #1
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Does anyone knit like me?
I taught myself to knit (English) in October of 2008. I get the job done, but have recently realized that I do it very differently than everyone else. I hold the left needle, but the right needle rests at the top of my leg, (sort of where your leg attaches to your body) and also hold the yarn differently (between my thumb and middle finger). I have recently tried to do it the 'correct' way, but I get frustrated very quickly. Also, I realize that I switch back to my old way as soon as I stop concentrating.
I have gotten pretty speedy at 'my' way, should I just leave well enough alone? It's really eating away at me!
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Old 07-29-2009, 08:01 PM   #2
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Good heavens, knit whatever way works for you! There's no right or wrong way so long as it comes out the way you want it to.
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Old 07-29-2009, 08:18 PM   #3
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Many other people knit like this too. I find straight needles to be very awkward, and knit everything on circulars. You may find that you can knit 'like everyone else' on the circs because you don't need to prop the straight needle.
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I agree -- it's not a big deal. I was taught years ago by my grandmother the "wrong" (probably just less efficient) way. I'm quite quick with it. Every once in awhile I try to do it the right way, but it doens't seem to work out.

Whatever works, I say!
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Old 07-29-2009, 09:16 PM   #5
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It doesn't matter how you knit, really. As long as the finished things look knit, all is good.

When I was using long needles, I knit in different ways as well.
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Have you seen any of the online video of Irish Cottage Knitting. Very unusual. Very, Very fast.
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I used to rest one needle on my left leg and hold the right one. After I switched to circulars, where it's impossible to rest the needles anywhere, I was able to hold them "correctly". Knit however you're comfortable.
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I prop my right needle on my leg, too. It's what works for me. I will say that it does make using dpns a challenge, because they don't really balance this way.
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It's the straights, what a pain to work with. I used to hold the wool funny too but after so many years it sort of naturally happened that I started threading it thru my fingers "the proper" way.
XoXOXOX I bet your style is super cool....don't change!
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When working with straights I prop up my right needle on my leg aswell!
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