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« Reply #10 on: April 13, 2007 05:34:22 PM »

Full disclosure here, I've never seen armpit knitting myself; but everything I've read about armpit knitters has always been knitters who knit English style, not continental.  (It may be that the left hand is relatively stationary -- as opposed to Continental knitting, where the left hand is (relatively) active -- that makes it easy to hold under the armpit in English knitting.)

Again, I'm making guesses here, since I've never seen it in person, so take it for what it's worth.
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« Reply #11 on: April 16, 2007 11:01:10 AM »

Full disclosure here, I've never seen armpit knitting myself; but everything I've read about armpit knitters has always been knitters who knit English style, not continental.  (It may be that the left hand is relatively stationary -- as opposed to Continental knitting, where the left hand is (relatively) active -- that makes it easy to hold under the armpit in English knitting.)

Again, I'm making guesses here, since I've never seen it in person, so take it for what it's worth.

i'm an English knitter and that's how it's done. jam the left needle under your armpit when it gets to heavy to handle. and it's relatively stationary compared to the right needle which constantly gets picked up and dropped when your throwing and pulling the stitches through the loops and off the needle

i imagine it's the same but with the right needle when working continental.
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« Reply #12 on: April 16, 2007 11:22:44 AM »

Gee, that's interesting. I armpit knit English with the right needle in the armpit!   Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: April 16, 2007 02:25:05 PM »

I saw that the fastest knitter in the world (continental) holds the right needle in her armpit, which is why I asked.
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« Reply #14 on: April 17, 2007 06:17:12 AM »

I don't get it. And I've actually never heard of it, then again...I've only been knitting for a little over a year. In all the videos it just shows the yarn being wrapped around the left index finger...I don't see a needle in anyones armpit (and I don't even see how that would be possible,if you're using 7" needles you're supposed to have the needle being held in your armpit but knit at the same time even though most grown humans arms are longer than 7" and that would be a serious amount of bending and flexibility for your arm in order to knit that way? It doesn't make sense...I can see 14", but not 7", nor circular), all they show in the videos are the hands...unless the index finger has taken on a new name...
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« Reply #15 on: April 17, 2007 06:21:22 AM »

People that knit this way use really long needles.
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« Reply #16 on: April 17, 2007 06:35:55 AM »

What happens when they need to do small work like a sock or an arm?
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« Reply #17 on: April 17, 2007 06:54:40 AM »

If it is a regular arm, they just knit it flat.  If it is a sock, they knit with regular double points.  Some in my knitting group knit with really long double points to make seamless sweaters, which are generally anchored in a knitting sheath instead of under the armpit (which is a similar way of knitting).  Traditional ganseys in the UK are knit in this way.  If you go to http://morcatknits.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/dsc00799.jpg (image is not mine, so I have not posted it in the forum), you can see what it looks like on a knitting belt.
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