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lillizzyl
« on: April 15, 2007 05:58:01 PM »

so i'm traditionally a thrower, but in an attempt to knit faster have taken up practicing my continental.  the problem is that i can't seem to find a comfortable way to hold the yarn.  every way i've tried either cuts off the circulation to my fingers (wrapping the yarn around like instructions tell to) or leaves the yarn too slack to pick.

for those of you who knit continental, how do you hold your yarn?  or perhaps maybe there are some tips so that i won't have this problem?  Huh

any advice would be greatly appreciated  Tongue
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« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2007 06:21:38 PM »

I hold the yarn wrapped around my first finger only--and only around the outside--(not wound around the other fingers) holding the yarn with the ball end with the rest of my fingers...this is really complicated.  If I find my camera I'll take a picture.
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« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2007 08:33:36 PM »

I hold my yarn over little finger, under next two fingers, and over index finger.
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« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2007 08:49:55 PM »

I hold my yarn the same way I hold it when I'm crocheting... over my palm, around my middle finger to my index.

It might take you some time to find a way to wrap your yarn around your finger/hand but once you find your way... it'll make it a whole lot easier.
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« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2007 09:24:22 PM »

I wrap the yarn around my middle finger... never seen anyone else do it that way, but it works best for me!
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« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2007 11:30:31 PM »

I start by wrapping the yarn around my pinkie and then twice around my forefinger.  I had to learn to loosen the tension - when I learned the stitches couldn't move on the needle!  For a while, I improvised, but my tension was always wonky.  Finally, when I was teaching a workshop (and had to look like I knew what I was doing Wink) I reverted back to how my knitting teacher taught me, and have been knitting that way ever since.  I find my tension is always even, though, now and that my purls match my knit stitches.  (I find that if I pull from the ball every dozen stitches or so, it keeps the stitches from getting tight)

I took a picture, in hopes of it helping:


But, as I tell my students, there's no "right" way to do anything - so it's always best to experiment and see if you can find a way that works for you.
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« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2007 11:33:30 PM »

I wrap the yarn around my middle finger and then over my index finger, so I can regulate the tension by holding my index finger higher or lower. I've found that helps me get the most even gauge.
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Jodi1978
« Reply #7 on: April 16, 2007 11:12:57 AM »

I dont wrap mine at all. Just loose between my fingers.
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lillizzyl
« Reply #8 on: April 16, 2007 12:21:41 PM »

thanks guys!  i've been trying every way i can think of, but i'll have to see how your ways work since i'm not satisfied with how my tries have felt.  its funny, because i can tell how continental would be faster than throwing, but this seems to cancel out with all the time i've tried to figure out actually doing it.  Tongue
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« Reply #9 on: April 16, 2007 02:08:00 PM »

thanks guys!  i've been trying every way i can think of, but i'll have to see how your ways work since i'm not satisfied with how my tries have felt.  its funny, because i can tell how continental would be faster than throwing, but this seems to cancel out with all the time i've tried to figure out actually doing it.  Tongue
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