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Old 11-11-2009, 01:45 AM   #1
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Look out world, here I come!!!
Hehe, just decided to make the switch to continental knitting and so far I can just tell it's going to be a LOT more efficient!

Which reminds me, I have so many FOs I need to get around to posting... hopefully that amount will increase substantially now that I don't have to let go of my needles!
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Old 11-11-2009, 01:57 AM   #2
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Old 11-11-2009, 09:52 AM   #3
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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!
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Old 11-11-2009, 10:09 AM   #4
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Good for you! For me continental felt much more natural from the start since I had been crocheting for years. I hold the yarn the same way for crocheting or knitting.
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Old 11-12-2009, 10:15 AM   #5
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I've tried and tried but just can't seem to get it down. I doesn't feel comfortable at all!

I'll give it another shot at some point, because, like you mentioned, I know it would be more efficient!
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Old 11-12-2009, 10:19 AM   #6
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I switched too - all because of ribbing and letting go of that right needle. My tension is so different though. How are you winding the yarn through your fingers?
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Old 11-12-2009, 10:26 AM   #7
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I don't know that continental is more efficient, you can become more efficient at english style too.
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Old 11-12-2009, 11:16 AM   #8
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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.
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Old 11-12-2009, 01:51 PM   #9
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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.
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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.
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