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« on: November 18, 2019 07:32:14 AM »

I fell down a youtube hole last night and watched a few knitting videos-(even though I am not a knitter). They were talking about the continental style being more efficient etc. However the one thing that puzzled me is that in the English style of knitting, where you throw the yarn over the needle, in every case the knitter lifted their right hand entirely off the needle. This is of course appallingly inefficient. Is this the norm amongst knitters in the English style?

I was taught to knit about 45 years ago (I am old Father William) and we never ever lifted our right hand off the needle, we were taught to tension the yarn around the fingers of our right hand and then use the right index finger to move forward to 'throw' the yarn.

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« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2019 08:01:09 AM »

Some don't take their hand off at all, they flick the yarn with their index finger. I don't flick, but neither do I remove the hand entirely, I just slide it up the needle and spread the index finger to wrap it. The outer fingers of my R hand support the needle along with the thumb and first finger of my L. I'm quite efficient, probably because I've been doing it more than 50 years. There are some inefficient continental knitters too. What makes a style more productive is not how you hold the needles and yarn, but keeping the hand close to the needle and being comfortable with your style and spending some time practicing it.

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