Originally Posted by AngelaR
Thanks for your help. I went and watched the videos until I was cross eyed, and it would appear that I am combine knitting and then purling as regular. So I've begun purling in the combine method, however since all of the patterns are for English or Continental knitters, I am going to have to learn to knit that way if I want things to look right.
Changing the way I knit after over 20 years of doing it this way is going to be... fun.
Here's what happened to me -- just so you know you can change and it really won't take all that long.
When I learned to knit, I learned from my mother, grandmother and aunt. They all knitted combined but since I was a novice knitter and they never mentioned that there were other ways to knit, I didn't know any other method. When my kids were in preschool, I'd be at parent meetings or playgroups and a bunch of us would knit together and that's when I noticed that I was knitting in the back of my stitch while everyone else was knitting in the front. So, not wanting to be knitting "wrong" I changed. But I wasn't paying any attention to the fact that I was still purling "combination" style, so I was twisting my stitches. (knitting in the back of the stitch will twist the stitch but the combined purling method then straightens it back out. Unless of course, you are knitting in the front and purling combined -- that will result in a twisted stitch)
I found that out at my first knitting class at a local yarn store. So I managed to fix my purling as well. Now I knit mostly continental but can knit English as well. I don't knit combined any longer and don't think I could remember how unless I worked at it.
My recommendation would be to continue purling as you are and change your knit stitch. That way you don't have to deal with all the pattern revisions that come from the slant in the opposite direction.
Just my opinion!