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« on: February 23, 2017 06:38:56 AM »

I only crochet a little but even still I'm most comfortable with the hook in my right hand & the yarn in my left. I joined a group to learn how to knit & am finding it so awkward to hold the yarn in my right hand. I'm told there's a technique for holding it in the left, if anybody has any links to share I would so appreciate being pointed in a fruitful direction rather than looking at dozens of youtubez trying to find the right thing.
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« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2017 08:45:47 AM »

Yes, go to www.knittinghelp.com and look at the videos for continental knitting, or you can find many on youtube as well.
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« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2017 11:27:04 AM »

Thank you! I dont even know enough to figure out which words to search for. Hopefully I see a configuration that looks more comfortable for my hands.

ETA: the very first picture on that site is of someone holding the yarn in their left hand. I guess this is what comes of having a novice teach another novice, ha ha! Well, I'm glad I didn't spend too much time learning it the "wrong" way (for me) and having to break the habit and relearn it all over again.

Thanks for the link Smiley.
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« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2017 08:03:51 AM »

There is no 'wrong' way, and there's more than 2 ways to knit.
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« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2017 10:28:29 AM »

I'm glad I didn't spend too much time learning it the "wrong" way (for me)...

I'm glad there is more than one way or I'd probably not try it again, yarn in the right hand felt so awkward!
I've been wrapped up in swaps lately but I will get back to learning to knit, I would like socks by next winter Cheesy.
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« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2017 06:02:03 PM »

There is no 'wrong' way, and there's more than 2 ways to knit.

I completely agree with soozeq.

Although I have knit for a very long time, I tend to put down the needles for long stretches of time. At some point I started standardly knitting through the back (continental style). Although this is an actual stitch (it twists the yarn, and makes for a tighter fabric)  When used routinely, it creates a fabric with a left lean.  I used to be very self conscious as people LOVE to tell me I knit 'wrong'.

Years later, I am confident enough to brush it off. I *can* knit continental the regular way, but also know how to knit English.

All of this is to say, there is no right or wrong way to knit. There are pros and cons to both English (aka 'throwing' as you sweep the hand over) or Continental (aka 'picking' as you use the needles to pluck the yarn).  English is slower, but there's less stress on the hands. Continental tends to be faster, but your hands can cramp. I've had to use my right hand to slowly unfurl my left fingers. *Caw, Caw*  It boarders on ridiculously dramatic, but it hurts!

I'm proud of you for continuing to perservere. It can be daunting when learning, and it can feel weird and uncomfortable when holding all the pieces/parts, so it's great to hear you continuing to look for a way that makes it work for you! I can't wait to see what you make!


P.S. I can knit involved lace, but socks remain on my To Do list. Maybe we should do a sock stitchalong together!  Sock patterns are written 'cuff down' or 'toe up'.  I hear toe up is the way to go when learning because you can measure your foot going up.  Zoooop!

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« Reply #6 on: October 19, 2017 06:12:59 PM »

I want all the socks! There's a way to knit them toe up and two at a time on a circular needle. I'm totally doing that or I'll end up with only one sock, ha ha.
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« Reply #7 on: October 19, 2017 06:20:51 PM »

There is!

I love how you jump in. Knit two at the same time? HECK YEAH!

I'm looking for some rando photo I have of someone's drawer completely filled with knit socks. I'm not saying I'd break into their house and only empty the sock drawer...but mebbe...
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« Reply #8 on: March 18, 2018 03:23:30 AM »

Id totally raid that sock drawer!

Socks are really not that hard, but the heel can be a bit tricky to understand. My best trick was to trust the pattern and not try to figure out how it was supposed to work...

Id suggest knitting a test heel first just to get that part. Knitting two at the time is not very hard when you understand the different sock parts.

I find it easier to size socks when knitting top down, but I dont know if its because I learned that way first... Im not sure exactly when to start the heel when going toe up and there tends to be some ripping up involved in the process.

With that said, two at the time toe up is awesome for using up every little bit of yarn and for knitting on a deadline. I can just finish the socks when I run out of time or yarn...
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« Reply #9 on: March 18, 2018 07:57:36 AM »

I'm still working up my nerve to try knitting a scarf. Not there yet but close maybe.
It's not a drawer full but here's my collection so far Cheesy
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« Reply #10 on: March 18, 2018 08:55:19 AM »

Knitting socks is one of my favorite things to do...the most interesting part for me is the leg part because of the knitting patterns you can do...the foot is the worst for me...boring!!!!!!!!....I also love the yarns...I tend to do top down the most because of size issues...but, I also like toe up...I tried two at a time and just got too confused and made too many mistakes...plus, I love using DPNs and not circular...

That is a very nice collection, CLM!  I love making the socks, but not wearing them...I tent to wear very boring black or white socks most of the time.
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« Reply #11 on: March 18, 2018 09:30:01 AM »

If you can make socks, a shawl, wrap, cowl, etc. is all an easy construction.  Promise.  Because socks are increases/decreases and picking up stitches with or without ribbing. So a scarf is just longer sprints.

Maybe try the Hitchhiker pattern by Martina Behm. It's all garter knit, easy to transport and not so much to keep track of.


https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hitchhiker

Also, I would def raid that sock drawer.*sigh* Socks really are on my maker list for this year.

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« Reply #12 on: March 18, 2018 09:37:07 AM »

Id totally raid that sock drawer!

Socks are really not that hard, but the heel can be a bit tricky to understand. My best trick was to trust the pattern and not try to figure out how it was supposed to work...

Id suggest knitting a test heel first just to get that part. Knitting two at the time is not very hard when you understand the different sock parts.

I find it easier to size socks when knitting top down, but I dont know if its because I learned that way first... Im not sure exactly when to start the heel when going toe up and there tends to be some ripping up involved in the process.

With that said, two at the time toe up is awesome for using up every little bit of yarn and for knitting on a deadline. I can just finish the socks when I run out of time or yarn...


Oh trust the pattern! Ugggh!  I know this, but there are so many pieces parts! And in such a small area!

I do plan on toe up, though, to get the sizing right and use maximum amount of yarn I'm able. EVERY SMIDGE!
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« Reply #13 on: March 18, 2018 10:09:36 AM »

I have a pair on the go, but Im stuck at the toes. Im using a very fiddly construction that will be prettier in the long run, but Im having second toe syndrome instead of second sock syndrome. I juuuuust need to pick up stitches and rearrange them, but instead Im picking up other projects.
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