I throw the yarn with my middle finger not my index and I don't take my hand off the needle as some people seem to.
That's how all the grannies I know in the UK do it too... not that I'm a granny
I think some people use index, but mine isn't long enough, and I'm used to holding middle finger out for crochet.
@soozeq you can actually just grasp the needle lightly through the knitted section with your thumb when you hold like a pen - so you don't end up with it all bunched up at the end of the needle.
I should do a video to explain! None of those videos are how english people I know knit - they all put their thumb under the right needle and use index or middle finger to put wool round. But I think there are hundreds of ways and we all pick what suits us best!
@AaronBlue. I can knit continental style. I like it as a crocheter, and I switch to it if I get bored. But I need more practise at it to get faster.
What I find odd is that all the books show english knitting the same way, but it's not the way english people seem to knit. Maybe it should be renamed American style! You guys are the ones who actually made decent patterns so I don't see why we get the credit for the style of knitting!
I do think that holding the right needle over the top like a knife looks a lot more labour-intensive though! And harder to get fast at.