If you are living in the United States (and Google Analytics tells me that 70% of you are) then chances are good you learned how to knit with the working yarn in your right hand. You learned the “throwing” method, aka English style, aka Slow. That’s how I first learned to knit too.
The other main style of knitting (in the western world) is done with the working yarn in your left hand, aka continental knitting, aka Much Faster. Its not hard. It feels a bit awkward in the beginning but if you’ll invest in an afternoon of practice, I promise you, you’ll be a continental knitter. And purl-er.
So grab some thick yarn, at least worsted weight, and your favorite pair of needles and lets take a trip to The Continent!
Continental Style Knitting – The Knit Stitch
Continental Style Knitting – The Purl Stitch
I want to end with this:
There is no wrong way to knit.
If you make a stitch and you’re happy with it, then you did it right. That’s what it all boils down to in the end. I myself enjoy knowing multiple knitting styles (English, continental, left-handed, backwards, and some day I’m gonna learn that Portuguese knitting with pins). Give continental knitting a try before you turn it down. Not only is it quite a bit faster, the smaller motions put less strain on your hands and (and!) knowing both English style and continental style knitting will make Fair Isle colorwork a breeze.
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