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mooshie
« on: November 09, 2007 02:57:14 PM »

I'm a lefty, and the book I learned from taught me the English method of knitting, but then I discovered the continental method on knittinghelp.com it looks like it would be much faster than the english method after some practice.  what do you guys think? anyone here know both methods? which do you prefer?

I'm just wondering if it's worth putting in all the time to master the continental method when I already know the english method?

thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2007 03:21:14 PM »

yes, it worth it, i learned the english first, then taught myself the continental and  i think it goes faster for me- plus i just like it better. it won't take you long to master the continental method. and it's a bonus that you'll know both methods.
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« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2007 03:49:08 PM »

yes, it worth it, i learned the english first, then taught myself the continental and  i think it goes faster for me- plus i just like it better. it won't take you long to master the continental method. and it's a bonus that you'll know both methods.

I was kinda thinking that.  plus I knit left handed english style, and I'm finding it easier to knit right handed continental style, so I could just knit back and forth and never have to turn my work! lol I don't know if that's a good idea or not. anyone have an answer?
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« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2007 06:14:27 PM »

it's seriously good to know both methods.  i mainly knit continental, but all of my k2togs i find it easier to wrap the yarn, english style.

I learned to purl continental; I still have a hard time when I teach clients and patients how to knit, how to knit & purl English style.
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« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2007 07:35:11 PM »

I just taught myself cont. knitting and it's fab! Once I got the tension down and all. I'm a crocheter so cont. it similar.
And knitting english... too slow! I have a whole list of things to knit for my grandchild who is due in Jan and english just wasn't going to cut it.
Go for the cont. - you won't regret it!
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« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2007 08:39:05 PM »

You've never seen me knit english style if you think it's too slow! Most videos that demonstrate it must be made by newbies or people who normally knit continental because they show a very awkward way of going about it. My right hand never actually leaves the needle to `throw' the yarn. It just skims it and my fingers sort of flex out and flick the yarn around the needle.

mooshie, you can try the other way if you like; knit sts can be faster, but purl is harder to do and really awkward. People who use continental even say so! Grin
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« Reply #6 on: November 09, 2007 09:36:20 PM »

I figure this thread is a good place to ask this question:

continental knitting has to do with how your knitting is on the needle, correct?

like, let's say I knit a row and have transferred all the stitches to the other needle. instead of flipping it around, i keep it on that needle and work it back onto the other side...
in other words, the "right side" of the knitting always faces me.

this is how I taught myself to knit, and I've been doing the other method for a while after trying to convince my friends that it was correct because I didn't know any better. Tongue

is that what continental knitting is?
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« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2007 10:45:48 PM »

I figure this thread is a good place to ask this question:

continental knitting has to do with how your knitting is on the needle, correct?

like, let's say I knit a row and have transferred all the stitches to the other needle. instead of flipping it around, i keep it on that needle and work it back onto the other side...
in other words, the "right side" of the knitting always faces me.

this is how I taught myself to knit, and I've been doing the other method for a while after trying to convince my friends that it was correct because I didn't know any better. Tongue

is that what continental knitting is?

I'm pretty sure what you described is actually backwards knitting. Continental is holding the yarn with your left hand and picking it with the right hand needle rather than holding the yarn with your right hand and throwing it around the right needle. This video shows Continental knitting.
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« Reply #8 on: November 10, 2007 09:33:36 AM »

As someone who can do English (learnt this first) and continental:

Continental knitting is quick! You won't believe how quick it is, and for Moss (seed) stitch and ribbing it's really fast. However, I find my tension on ribbing to be loosey goosey, so I'd have to go down 2 needle sizes.

But I do like my English for stocking stitch - my knit and purl stitches are brilliant - no uneven tension at all, unlike say my continental knitting.  Tongue
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« Reply #9 on: November 10, 2007 11:43:15 AM »

I'm coming into knitting from crochet, so continental came much much easier for me than english. I put myself into rages when I try English knitting.
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