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Topic: Continental or Throw. Which style do u use?  (Read 1916 times)
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« on: August 11, 2004 12:10:10 PM »

I am a fairly new knitter and was wondering how everyone else stood on the issue Continental -vs- Throw method. I learned to knit in the Throw method and just recently taught myself to knit Continental style. I can understand how in theory Continental would be faster, but my tension is more off than usual and I am confused about purling. Is the motion exactly the same as the knit stitch and just the placement of the needle is different? So where do you fall on this issue? What tips can you give me and others to improve the technique for Continental or Throw method? Please recommend books that helped u learn your favorite method?

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« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2004 08:21:28 AM »

I use the English or 'throw' method.  there are tons of kntting books out there that have pictorials about both methods.  The Vogue Knitting book is generally pretty good.  I think even Stitch n Bitch has pictures illustrating both methods. 
And here's a quick online thingy for continental purling.
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« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2004 08:23:04 AM »

continental method is the one where the yarn is fed through the left hand right? i love this one. your hands don't let go of the needles like the english method. yes the yarn is wrapped around the same in the knit and purl stitch. to me, it does go faster.

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« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2004 10:17:11 AM »

I learned both ways and for myself, left handed carry is much easier. *Continental that is* I still dont care for purling, but Its getting easier and easier...

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« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2004 12:04:23 PM »

English (throw) method for me.. continental I could never get.  But if you have the spring Interweave Knits mag, they show other methods as well.

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« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2004 10:59:16 PM »

Continental.  I learned "throw" style and struggled with it for years!  Someone watching me suggested I try carrying the yarn in my left hand and it was like the clouds parted and angels sang.  I suspect it may have something to do with my having learned to crochet first.
« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2004 04:29:29 AM »

I'm a crocheter originally, so it just made much more sense to me.
I feel out of control when I have to stop and wrap the yarn around with my right hand.

I'm really starting to get the hang of it now.
Good slick knitting needles help.  (I bought some bamboo ones, and all of a sudden I could knit!)

« Reply #7 on: August 13, 2004 10:47:12 AM »

Continental. I learned to knit that way, and it seems a lot more "efficient" than throwing, in terms of hand movement.
That, and for long stretches of stockinette, I'll knit Combined, so that involves even less movement on my part.

(Combined involves holding the yarn continental style, but when purling, you wrap the yarn around the needle the other way which twists the stitch. When knitting the next row, you knit through the back loops, untwisting the stitches again)
« Reply #8 on: August 13, 2004 12:43:24 PM »

I just taught myself the continental way this summer and love it. I used this website mainly for reference http://www.wonderful-things.com/newknit2.htm  (botton of page, also have a page on purling). I found my tension off and my purling as well.

I found holding it the way you hold the yarn for crochet was the best (or the way i was taught to hold the yarn): looking at your palm, the  yarn goes behind the pinky, overtop the next 2 fingers and then wrap behind and over twice your index finger with the yarn then travelling to the needle. And have your yarn on your left side. I just knit a whole bunch of rows and after the initial awkwardness disappeared it was great.

For purling (I had a terrible time trying to figure out how to do this one, it was so awkward). bring the yarn forward, and then I stick my thumb so it pushes against that yarn (the yarn will be running across your thumb nail), it'll make a V with the yarn. That way it's out of the way of the Right needle. Then insert to purl like the diagrams show, and I use my thumb to yarn over, just basically moving your thumb away from you back towards the rest of your hand.

Good luck. I really enjoy knitting this way. it feels way more natural to me. it was just hard to overwrite years of doing it the other way.
« Reply #9 on: August 13, 2004 05:44:47 PM »

Unless I"m purling wrong, I don't find it tough to purl while holding it the way I crochet, and I dont' have to rearrange my hands.  I've done successful stockinette stitching, so I guess I've been doing it right.

I just put the yarn in front, stick the needle in the stitch from the top, towards me , (slight manipulation of the yarn is sometimes done with my thumb, but not much at all to position it under the tip of the needle) snag the yarn, twist it down and around so the needle points away from you again, pull it through, and lift it off. 

Knitting is putting it through the stitch from the bottom, away from me,  snagging the yarn and dragging it down through the stitch towards me, and lifting it off.

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