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knitting the german way
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Feb 20, 2013 11:17:59   #
Hi, I am living about 65km away from the Southern most tip of Africa. German but can only read and knit English simple patterns. Have problems when yarn must be forward etc. as I hold my yarn in the left hand. I am not left handed just the way Germans knit.
Feb 20, 2013 11:23:09   #
Welcome from Michigan, USA! I also knit the German way - my mother learned English style from her mother but then saw a German woman knitting very quickly and asked her to teach her. That is the way she taught me when I was 8 years old - more than 50 years ago. I'm very glad to have you join us.
Feb 21, 2013 05:47:15   #
Chezl (a regular here)
Welcome from Australia. I am self taught and I have always knitted the German way. Find patterns very easy probably because that is all I know.
Feb 21, 2013 05:52:25   #
Montana Gramma (a regular here)
Welcome from Montana.
Feb 21, 2013 07:20:49   #
Welcome from France!
I've learned knitting in France, but when I was 15, I visited a friend in Germany and learned the German way of knitting. At the same time, I learned to knit with circulars needles, which I found very handy. So, I've been knitting that way for 30 years now.
bebo wrote:
Hi, I am living about 65km away from the Southern most tip of Africa. German but can only read and knit English simple patterns. Have problems when yarn must be forward etc. as I hold my yarn in the left hand. I am not left handed just the way Germans knit.
Feb 21, 2013 07:21:49   #
A friendly welcome from New Zealand!
Feb 21, 2013 07:32:02   #
Welcome! From USA, Texas. I also hold my yarn in my left hand and knit Continental :) seems faster. You will love the site.
Feb 21, 2013 08:39:51   #
Carol J.
Coming from a German background and growing up in Milwaukee Wisconsin, I was taught to knit the German way, as you do. I have tried other ways but go back to my roots for speed and accuracy. Nice to meet you, keep in touch. If you have any questions, be sure to ask us, we all help each other.

Carol J.
Feb 21, 2013 08:47:41   #
tamarque (a regular here)
Knitting continental is very common; that is how I learned as a child and find it much faster than english style.

One thing you will quickly see on KP is that there are many traditions in knitting and all of them are right. Learning about them is just part of the richness of this community as you will gain many tools for the knitting tool box.
Feb 21, 2013 08:51:52   #
Hello & welcome to KP from Manitoba Canada!
i also knit German, have tried other ways of knitting, but always go back to the German.
i don't understand your problem with having the yarn forward? perhaps you could explain exactly what it is & we could help you out with that, i also hold my yarn in my left hand, but am right-handed
Feb 21, 2013 09:07:07   #
Welcome from Pa. I too knit the German or continental way since I am German and that is what I learnt. Anyway, it is kind of funny, but my mom knit by throwing. That is the way she learnt to knit.
Feb 21, 2013 09:11:39   #
Carol J.
You bring the yarn forward if your next stitch is going to be a purl stitch. Or, if you are going to make a yarn over, which mades a hole when you do the next row. A yarn over is usually preceded or followed by knit 2 together and the YO replaces one of those stitches. YO is the abbreviation for yarn over and is done by bringing the yarn forward and returning it to the back for knitting. This is done in lace knitting or part of a design.

Carol J.
Feb 21, 2013 10:06:38   #
Welcome. My Mom was from Belgium. I hold my yarn in left hand also. Never paid much attention to that tho until seeing this European.. English way stuff.. didn't even know there was any differences till joining here.. U learn soo much here!
Feb 21, 2013 10:31:16   #
I worked in a yarn shop for a friend who was from Germany many years ago and was fascinated by how fast she could knit! After many tries over the years, I finally got the consistancy of tension I had with throwing. Now it has been about 20 yrs and I have a hard time going back to throwing! I teach beginner knitting at my LYS and try to teach this style as much as possible. Works really great with lefties and crocheters! Don't you just love this site!! Learn new things every day!!!
Feb 21, 2013 10:34:39   #
tamarque (a regular here)
There has been a lot of reality checking on knitting style here on KP. While English and Continental are the primary styles of knitting, people have looked at Peruvian and Russian or Polish and some others as well. This info really enriches our knitting experience.
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