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Feb 16, 2017 21:16:00   #
Ellie RD (a regular here)
 
I am a "thrower" and knit English-style with a not very pretty technique, but it's what I have been doing for close to 60 years with moderate success. I had promised myself that I would try to learn Continental, but now I am considering Portuguese or Flicking (which is the style Very Pink uses in her videos).

For KP members who have tried and mastered some of these alternatives, do you have suggestions, pros and cons, etc.

My DIL wants another pair of armwarmers with a pattern that I have adapted for her and is mostly stockinette on circular needles so lots of just plain knitting, so I thought this would be a good project to practice a new technique on.
 
Feb 16, 2017 21:30:26   #
no1girl (a regular here)
 
I am impressed. I also knit English...and I will not change the horse in midstream.
Feb 16, 2017 21:31:33   #
Nanamel14 (a regular here)
 
I am keen to learn a new style also, I learnt the English style as a child....i'll be keen to read what other's have to say :)
Feb 16, 2017 21:40:35   #
tdorminey (a regular here)
 
I was taught to throw English style, over time morphed into what is now called flicking and never looked back. Flicking is so much faster, less stress on the hands and fingers, easier to maintain even tension. I also find that I am more relaxed all over so reduces pain in my neck and shoulders. With my whole system changed from before, I also find my knitting is looser, more flowing, no "rowing out" and just has a prettier neater appearance. If I had to go back, I'm not sure I could enjoy it enough to continue knitting nearly as much as I do now. I'd do it, of course, but.......
Feb 16, 2017 21:50:27   #
crispie (a regular here)
 
Very Pink Knits has 2 videos that I have seen using the flicking and I am trying to change over to that:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmEGLLbbRB4
Feb 16, 2017 21:52:57   #
deemail (a regular here)
 
just for comparison.....for ease of working, I prefer the branch known as Eastern European Combined, the most used version of continental... remember, most of the world knits continental...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYZd7CvLERc
Above is Russian knitting in the back (this is the missing piece for you...purling will be easy after seeing this)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXcp8WPs47U
And Russian purling...such a treat...

don't let anyone tell you that continental purling twists sts....watch how he picks up his knit sts.... we get exactly the same product, we just pick up our sts differently... this is the type of continental purling that is easiest and fastest...watch out for those types that require another finger to do the work.... we do none of that and purl as fast as we knit.... I rib as fast as I knit because there is very little movement to go between knit and purl and back again...
 
Feb 16, 2017 22:06:51   #
Scrapdog (a regular here)
 
I taught myself to knit msny years ago with a recd heart booklet. I inadvertently also taught myself to knit backwards . Nowhere in the booklet did it say that uyou were suppose to change hands when you finished a row. Shortly thereafter when iwas sitting outside so my daughter could play with neighbor kids, iwasknitting away.One of the other mothers was watching me and finally said "what are you doing?"I very proudly announced I was knitting a sweater for myself."But you aren't changing hands".. I was dumbfounded and asked her what she meant. Well when she explained ehat I was doing wrong, it embarrassed me terribly. I gathered up my stuff snd my daughter and left. Never did I knit in ftont. Of people again and proceeded to teach myself the correct way. Later I heard the "PROPER and correct way was the continental. Now I have evolved into knitting knit rows continental and purl rows are knitted backwards.Because here on KP I found out there are others adept at knitting backwsrds and it isn't a sin and their are no knitting police. The object of allthis is find what is comfortable and relaxing and fun for you.
Feb 16, 2017 22:13:44   #
starrz-delight
 
I made myself learn Continental and it is very easy if you have ever been a crocheter, as I knit and can crochet too. Purling is still a challenge for me in continental but am working on it, so I knit continental and purl by throwing. good luck
Feb 16, 2017 22:19:49   #
rainie (a regular here)
 
Scrapdog wrote:
I inadvertently also taught myself to knit backwards . Nowhere in the booklet did it say that you were suppose to change hands when you finished a row.


I think this is a real talent. Its a shame it went by the wayside. So when did you learn to purl?
Feb 16, 2017 22:55:46   #
marysudie
 
I hate to admit that I have no idea what I do - I just do what my mom taught me when I was a child. I know I throw my yarn, but other than that I have no clue. I know that I knit tighter than I purl. I have to be cognizant of that each purl row. I think that's one reason that I like knitting in the round - most stitches are usually knit and helps me keep a more even tension - plus I'm not fond of seams, if possible.
Feb 16, 2017 22:57:46   #
deemail (a regular here)
 
starrz-delight wrote:
I made myself learn Continental and it is very easy if you have ever been a crocheter, as I knit and can crochet too. Purling is still a challenge for me in continental but am working on it, so I knit continental and purl by throwing. good luck
see the purl video in the Russian links above...you'll like it...
 
Feb 16, 2017 22:58:56   #
deemail (a regular here)
 
marysudie wrote:
I hate to admit that I have no idea what I do - I just do what my mom taught me when I was a child. I know I throw my yarn, but other than that I have no clue. I know that I knit tighter than I purl. I have to be cognizant of that each purl row. I think that's one reason that I like knitting in the round - most stitches are usually knit and helps me keep a more even tension - plus I'm not fond of seams, if possible.
you're probably not knitting tighter, all purl sts are longer than knit sts...that's why stockinette st rolls, the back is longer than the front...
Feb 16, 2017 23:12:07   #
GrumpyGramma (a regular here)
 
Do you crochet? If not learning crochet before working on Continental might actually be easier because it's not knitting and you are learning a new skill entirely. The main difference for me in how I crochet and knit is the direction the yarn goes around the needle. I'm mainly a Continental picker.

I can knit English style, doing a pivot the needle type of movement and holding the yarn so if I'm lucky I can actually do more of a picking motion than a flicking or throwing motion.

I love purling Portuguese style, the knits are another matter. Something in the way I work them puts stress on my wrist.

I'm not primarily an English knitter and can't manage flicking the was Stacey of Very Pink does. It looks to me as if flicking like that is likely to cause repetitive stress problems down the road and I find myself thinking of all those poor fingers that are going to be hurting. Can someone please explain to me why this isn't a problem. As I said, I can't do; I don't mean to be critical of other styles either; I want to understand something I can't do if that's possible.
Feb 16, 2017 23:16:00   #
JTM (a regular here)
 
Ellie RD wrote:
I am a "thrower" and knit English-style with a not very pretty technique, but it's what I have been doing for close to 60 years with moderate success. I had promised myself that I would try to learn Continental, but now I am considering Portuguese or Flicking (which is the style Very Pink uses in her videos).

For KP members who have tried and mastered some of these alternatives, do you have suggestions, pros and cons, etc.

My DIL wants another pair of armwarmers with a pattern that I have adapted for her and is mostly stockinette on circular needles so lots of just plain knitting, so I thought this would be a good project to practice a new technique on.
I am a "thrower" and knit English-style ... (show quote)


When I learned to knit... long ago when I was a young teen... I was taught the Combined Continental method. It is easy and has less hand/wrist strain than most any other method, as far as I can see.
If you happen to have managed to learn to crochet...it is an easy step to Combined Continental, since tension is managed in the same manner...with the left hand. Continental is, IMHO, a second choice...a bit more movement in order to "wrap" the yarn around the needle when purling. (CC picks the yarn in the same manner as a knit stitch is made)
Feb 16, 2017 23:17:27   #
Scrapdog (a regular here)
 
Several yearslater my neice inlaw tauhgt me how to purl among other things. She and my nephew stayed with us for several weeks while they were looking for ahouse. She had a masters degree in home ec. Needless to say I picked her brain unmercilessly.
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