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« Reply #30 on: November 15, 2007 08:55:50 AM »

Ahhhh *nods*

I'll definately keep an eye out. You guys have really helped. I'm going to do a comfy sweatshirt (read: stocking stitch) in all continental. It should be fun.
« Reply #31 on: November 15, 2007 11:50:06 AM »

Yes, that's it. Some continental knitters wrap the yarn the wrong way when purling. A more appropriate wording might be the "nontraditional" way. That will twist the stitch. I often wonder if those aren't the same ones who find purling more difficult, but I don't know. If you wrap the yarn the right, or traditional, way, it will look exactly the same whether you did it Continental or English style.

Hee, yeah, that's why I called it `the other way'. Could be why some knitters have tight stitches and have trouble putting their needle in on a knit stitch. Twisting the stitch makes it tighter, sometimes you want that, like in a twisted rib pattern, but not always.

« Reply #32 on: November 15, 2007 12:46:24 PM »

wow! I took a few days off of posting here to finish the sweater I was working on (which I decided to finish continental style) and this thread exploded! lol 

I had no idea there could be such a debate about which method was faster/better. 

I'd love to see video of some of the english knitters that are so fast!  I believe it can be done, but I've never seen it. 

anyway, now that I've gotten the hang of it I do prefer continental style, but I'm really glad I can do both.  I can definatley see that it's a benefit! 

thanks for all the input everyone!

« Reply #33 on: November 15, 2007 01:00:39 PM »

Wrapping the yarn the other way on a stitch would cause that too.

Yes, that's it. Some continental knitters wrap the yarn the wrong way when purling. A more appropriate wording might be the "nontraditional" way.

It's called Combined Knitting - Mary Thomas' Knitting Book talks about it (published in the 1930's sometime) and Anne Modesitt has a book on it published in last 2 or 3 years. She has a website too with info, there might be a video, I'm not sure.

« Reply #34 on: November 15, 2007 01:10:35 PM »

i did Combined Knitting for a time, and knitting through the back loop seemed to correct the twist of the purl. none of my stitches came out twisted. i stopped doing combinced because my decreases were too frustrating- in combinced, k2tog slants left, rather than right. so my lace ended up looking just not quite right.


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« Reply #35 on: November 15, 2007 03:17:44 PM »

You have all encouraged me to try to learn continental... again.  It's not that I don't know how, it's just like what someone said earlier, when you know one way and are comfortable, it's difficult to go back to struggling!  I'm doing a stock. blanket now though with nice long rows that would provide great practice!

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