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« Reply #20 on: February 28, 2007 08:45:07 PM »

Now I am only a beginner, but I am also a beginner that taught myself.  In fact I am a closet knitter.  I have never knit in front of anyone else besides my fiance and my daughter (2 yr. old).  I can assure you that they could not critique me even if I wanted them to.

My point is this, I don't knit or purl like anyone I know.  My work - turns out the same.  Until that teacher can look at your finished work and tell you how you held your yarn/needles are held, she should not tell you it is wrong.  I agree with everyone else, if you can, get a different teacher.  Good luck, and keep on knitting.

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« Reply #21 on: March 01, 2007 07:06:18 AM »

I agree - knit whatever way feels comfortable to you, and find a new knitting teacher (or join a knitting group).

I have to agree with everyone else, but I am curious if throwing with you left hand and knitting continental is the same thing?  I am a continental knitter and don't know the language for knitting styles that well.  I use to knit through the back loop instead of the front and never knew any better until I knit with a few people.  I did run into a problem with it though when I would work in the round and then switch to flat knitting.  So I have to be aware of what the project is doing to know which way would be best to knit.  I just wanted to let you know that one thing b/c I spent a while knitting a sweater and where I changed the stitches look so different.  But I think it sounds like you are knitting perfectly!

I'm a continental knitter and to me the term "throwing" implies letting go of your needle to move the yarn and create a stitch and I never let go of my needle, therefore I don't think I "throw".  I also don't feel as though I "pick" my stitches.... but someone watching me knit may see it differently.  Wink

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« Reply #22 on: March 01, 2007 07:30:31 AM »

I just wanted to add that if a knitting teacher ever had seen my Mom knitting, she would probably have had a fit... she used to keep the left needles between her knees because she couldn't deal with both needles at once. Even with this method, she turned out beautiful sweaters. She was also a leftie.

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« Reply #23 on: March 01, 2007 10:14:03 AM »

There's a whole European tradition of knitting with the inactive needle held under the armpit.  Smiley

« Reply #24 on: March 01, 2007 10:33:24 AM »

i'd say the only knittng that is wrong is the kind that unravels on your body. that might be wrong.

there are no knitting police. my friend tried to do that a little to me when i was first learing to knit, and i was slightly put off by it. she said, basically you aren't really knitting. I remember thinking, "What a snooty hobby!"

what i realized a week or so later is that i wasn't purling. i was only knitting, so i was making garter stitch, that's why she didn't think it was knitting, she didn't know what garter stitch was.

i think you have to knit because you enjoy it, and knit however you enjoy it. now i love to knit.

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