I'm really sorry if this has been done before. I'm new to the knitting board (I'm a crochet boarder!) and I did a search, but couldn't find anything.
Anyway, I was taught to knit years ago by my mother, but we're a family of crocheters and I only recently decided to dust down the needles so I could make some baby jumpers for the bump I'm currently growing.
One thing I've found really puzzling is that in all the American books I've got (US books are much better than UK ones on the whole) they teach "english knitting" style. But it's not how any of the old people I know knit in the UK!
A lot of younger people knit the same as the US method, but mainly because they're self-taught. But if you find a granny in the UK, she'll be holding her right needle like a pen, not like a knife.
It's a lot faster to hold the right needle like a pen as you can just whip the wool over the needle without letting go. I've spotted some speedy Americans knitting in the knife style with a speedy needle wrap technique, but most people drop the needle, carry the wool round and pick the needle up again.
Anyway, just wanted to know how you do it, and if it's a US thing, or if there are grannies in America holding the right needle in the pen style? I have always switched between the two, but now I'm back doing it again regularly, I've stuck with granny-style and I'm way faster than I used to be.
Tell me how you do it!