I taught myself continental when I was making a ribbed scarf because I hate the having to move the yarn back and forth repeatedly. I still revert to old familiar english a lot of the time, but knowing both is a handy skill!
When asking questions ALWAYS post the name and a link for the pattern if you have it.
I only use it for two color stranding work -- the purling drives me nuts otherwise. Which is weird, because when I go between crocheting and knitting, it's much easier for me to crochet with the yarn in the left hand. Go figure.
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.
Congratulations on learning a new skill. But I need to point out that neither method is inherently "faster" than another. In fact the worlds fastest knitter (it's on you tube I believe) knits English.
What is important is what you enjoy and feel comfortable with. I knit with both hands when doing stranded work, which is most of the time. But when knitting with a single strand I knit using my right hand, and I don't ever let go of the needle. It has more to do with how you hold the yarn in your fingers than what side it's on.
So the best way to knit is neither English or Continental but it's the method you enjoy.
GinnyG on Ravelry, I'd LOVE to be in your "friends"
GinnyG: When you knit English, how do you hold your yarn? I would like to knit English (because my tension is better) without removing my hand from the needle, but I can't figure out how to hold the yarn. I've tried to search the archives here because I know this has been discussed before. I even tried searching on Youtube for a video (I think the term used was flicker or something like that.) So far, though, I'm not finding what I need to learn how the yarn is held in the right hand so that you don't have to let go of the needle.