Do you knit English or Continental?
English; however I flick instead of throwing the yarn. Wow, that was an easy question, right? I guess I could be finished there; however that would not be a very entertaining blog post, now would it?
Here’s a video of Stacey from Very Pink Knits demonstrating this style. I’m not as fast as her; however this shows you the method!
The very first project that I made, I kind of instinctively used the English method. I’m not sure why as I’m used to holding the yarn in my left hand when crocheting. It just seemed easier somehow. After I started again, I signed up for a Craftsy class called Knit Lab with Stefanie Japel. I never finished the class because I was finding everything I needed on YouTube; however she does teach you to knit Continental style. I tried…I really, really tried; however I could not get the purl stitch down. I think if I went back and looked at it again, it might be easier since I’m experienced now.
I also wonder if I tried to knit Continental if it would help remove some of the pressure of holding the yarn with my right hand and ease the burden of my cubital tunnel syndrome? I’ll have to perform more research to see if it might be worth it.
Another knitting style that really interests me is the Portuguese style of knitting. There is a lady who occasionally attends my Thursday Knitting Meetup group that knits this way and I find it fascinating. So much so that I purchased this gorgeous set to start practicing in December of last year. Have I done it yet? Nope, however I hope to try soon. This may also be a way to help with my cubital tunnel syndrome!
The 30 Day Knitting Challenge is the creation of Meggiewes who blogs at Knitting in Wonderland.
Until next time, Happy Knitting!
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I learned Continental from day one. I did make myself learn English because I taught it to a few kids and adults and when I strand knit, it’s faster to use both hands for my tastes. I’m excited to learn Portuguese knitting next year at STITCHES.
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That was a really interesting video for me and makes a lot of sense when I consider how I hold the yarn for crocheting. I throw the yarn but it takes me forever to knit anything! Great post. 😊
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