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!
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.
OTN: Eyelet Chemise in Handmaiden Sea Silk (colorway: Midnight). Still. And a purple Donegal Tweed set of fingerless mitts, to try out my new Hiya Hiya interchangeable needles.
Latest FO: A shrug for an Anthropologie swap in beautiful Casbah sock yarn, in Cedar, a dark green semi-solid, my own pattern. Also a quick Noro Silk Garden neckwarmer for my friend Aideen, in a vine lace pattern.
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.
sue- knitting heretic
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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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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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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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