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Topic: Knitters: Continental or English?

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Subject: Knitters: Continental or English?
Date Posted: 8/4/2008 11:13 AM ET
Member Since: 4/20/2007
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I am a very beginner knitter and recently took my first class.  I had bought a couple of books and looked at a lot of websites on knitting before I went to the class but didn't attempt to teach myself anything other than casting on because I wasn't sure which method of knitting our teacher was going to teach us and didn't want to confuse myself (which most days is pretty easy to do).  :)  From the videos on knittinghelp.com it looked ot me that the Continental method was easier but the fact that it was sometimes being referred to has "left-hand knitting" and I am right-handed was confusing me (see what I mean).

In our class we were taught the Continental  method - our techer said she found it to be more "efficient" and liked this method better.  We had a couple of younger girls in our class and they were not catching on to the Continental Method so our instructor showed them the English method and they got that away right away.

So, I was just wondering which way you all were taught and/or what your opinions are on the two methods.  I know it is mostly just a matter of what feels better but would be interested to know if I should somewhere down the line try to learn the English method or just stick with the Continental as it is working for me.


Date Posted: 8/4/2008 9:54 PM ET
Member Since: 1/19/2008
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I knit English-style because that's what the book I learned from showed. I didn't know there was another way until I was firmly entrenched in English. However, if you're learning Continental, and finding that it's working, I say stick with it. It is supposed to be faster, and some people think it's easier to do multi-color knitting with the Continental method. A person's handedness doesn't really matter. I'm left-handed, and knit English, and lots of right-handed people knit Continental. Calling them "right-handed" and "left-handed" knitting is more a statement of which hand carries the yarn. By the way, if you do decide to try English, try it now, while you're learning. I did try a couple of years ago to learn Continental, and it was so clumsy and awkward I decided the time I lost learning it was more than the time I might save using it!
Date Posted: 8/5/2008 7:35 AM ET
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Because I crochet and am used to holding yarn in my left hand, I knit Continental.  When I tried to learn a few years ago, I only tried English, and it just made me crazy.  It felt completely wrong.  When I tried again this past winter, I decided to try Continental and picked it up much more easily. 

Date Posted: 8/5/2008 9:32 PM ET
Member Since: 4/20/2007
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Thanks,  ladies!