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Old 02-27-2010, 08:28 PM   #1
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English Vs. Continental
I know at some point this thread must have been made before, but I did do a search for it and found little or nothing pertinent.

Onto the eternal question: Which is better?

Or rather what are some of the pro's and cons of both? I learned the English method, and I am thinking of trying continental. This has lead me to wonder if any of you have experience with both, and would like to share your opinions about either/both. Please be specific.

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Old 02-27-2010, 08:41 PM   #2
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Oh boy... One is not better than the other, they are just different ways of getting to the same point. Some people find continental faster, but there are many who are amazingly fast with English. Knowing both methods is of value for things like stranded knitting so by all means give it a try.
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Old 02-27-2010, 09:08 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by igklico View Post
I know at some point this thread must have been made before, but I did do a search for it and found little or nothing pertinent.

Onto the eternal question: Which is better?

Or rather what are some of the pro's and cons of both? I learned the English method, and I am thinking of trying continental. This has lead me to wonder if any of you have experience with both, and would like to share your opinions about either/both. Please be specific.

-Igklico
Continental is easier for me...
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Old 02-27-2010, 09:54 PM   #4
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Knit combined, it's way easier... no wait... Eastern Style! YES!

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Try them both. Get good at both. Then decide for yourself.
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I agree with Jan. Neither is inherently better than the other, it's the one that works best for you. Try them both out.
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I agree with Jan & suzeeq. Neither one is better then the other. It is which ever is easiest for you & that you are more comfortable with.

When I started out throwing for me was harder because I actually was a crocheter for 20 years before learning to knit. As soon as my teacher found that out she told me to hold my yarn like I was crocheting & walaah I was knitting much better.

Just keep trying both & find out which one is more comfortable for you. Good Luck!
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Originally Posted by jpenguin View Post
When I started out throwing for me was harder because I actually was a crocheter for 20 years before learning to knit. As soon as my teacher found that out she told me to hold my yarn like I was crocheting & walaah I was knitting much better.
I was also a crocheter for many years and found english easier.
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I learned English but changed to Continental after a couple of years. It seems to be easier on my hands and wrists, and I seem to knit a little quicker (it is so quick to change from knit to purl when you are working ribbing).

I think it is a good idea to learn both. It can come in handy if you do a lot of color knitting (you can knit with a different color in each hand).
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