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« on: April 25, 2005 07:19:15 AM »

Do any of you knit back and forth for stockinette rather than turning and purling?
(so knit right handed, and then knit back left handed?)
If so, do you use the same style of knitting (English vs Continental) for both directions?

I'm trying to teach myself to knit left-handed so that I can knit back and forth for short rows and entrelac and things like that.  I'm a devout English style knitter, but I'm finding it much easier to do sort of a pseudo-continental for the left handed knitting.  - So I still hold the yarn in my right hand, and I sort of pick it with the left needle/manouver it a bit with my right hand.  Does this seem reasonable?  Or is this one of those things where if I force myself to do it a 'better' way that feels more awkward now, it will end up better and more efficient in the end?
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« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2005 06:48:04 PM »

i can knit and crochet with both hands (though its a bit harder to crochet with my left, and harder to knit with my right! i knit swiss (pick not throw) though)...though i drive my car almost exclusively with my left...umm anyways...

I tried the knitting back and forth- i only do it if i have less then 10 stitches in  a round.

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« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2005 08:49:49 PM »

i knit back & forth, and find it much easier than purling.  i believe i knit some form of continental in both directions; haven't been able to find a consise description of all the techniques out there, so i don't know how to define it other than that.  anyway, it's much faster for me than turning, gives more consistent tension... and i think it's easier on the wrists too.

my technique question:: what is combined knitting?  haven't been able to find that anywhere either, just that people teach classes in combined method knitting.
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2005 10:23:12 AM »

My friend Tiffany can do this - I've watched her do it and it blows my mind - I have no idea how she does it.  Real helpful, I know.  Smiley

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