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Apr 9, 2019 03:32:18   #
engblom
 
What is the most important technique/lesson you have learned? I am looking for the one that had the biggest impact on your knitting.

For me it is the Continental Combined style. For those not familiar with what Continental Combined style is, have a look at this video that someone made: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dH6wD2jT-TI
Since I finally fully grasped the combined style, I have had a complete different understanding about all stitches and why they are done in a certain way.

It also changed my knitting speed, especially for ribbing. Now I am able to knit any ribbing really fast. This also means that any other stitch switching between knit and purl, for example seed and moss stitch, I am able to do fast.
 
Apr 9, 2019 05:17:46   #
PriscillaWalker
 
Continental knitting fascinates me ..... you have inspired me to sit down and try and master it. May be difficult as I've been knitting for over 60 years.
Apr 9, 2019 05:24:53   #
alpaca Issy
 
Me too - would love to master continental - looks so much faster than “throwing”!
Apr 9, 2019 05:31:40   #
Chrissy (a regular here)
 
Lesson? Dont knit or crochet when tired!
Apr 9, 2019 05:36:08   #
engblom
 
PriscillaWalker wrote:
Continental knitting fascinates me ..... you have inspired me to sit down and try and master it. May be difficult as I've been knitting for over 60 years.

I think the biggest barrier is the initial frustration when one is knitting slower with a new technique. When you have been knitting for 60 years, I am pretty sure you have developed a good speed with whatever technique you are using, which means it will take longer time before you are able to match that speed with a new technique.

I have changed technique twice: As a grown up I decided to learn to knit. I saw some YouTube videos begun as a thrower. It felt very inefficient. At some point halfway through the first sock I switched to the Continental style and a couple of years later to Continental Combined style.
Apr 9, 2019 05:37:16   #
engblom
 
Chrissy wrote:
Lesson? Dont knit or crochet when tired!


This is also something I have learned the hard way.
 
Apr 9, 2019 05:37:40   #
tdorminey (a regular here)
 
Learning to "read" my knitting. It helps in any situation, using any technique, any kind of stitch pattern, monitoring your work for and correcting errors, etc. It affects everything I do. Very basic skill but totally necessary.
Apr 9, 2019 05:38:23   #
Byrney (a regular here)
 
Using a knitting belt changed the way I knit in the round.
Apr 9, 2019 05:47:19   #
engblom
 
tdorminey wrote:
Learning to "read" my knitting. It helps in any situation, using any technique, any kind of stitch pattern, monitoring your work for and correcting errors, etc. It affects everything I do. Very basic skill but totally necessary.

Yes, this is very important, and for me combined knitting took it to a new level. With combined knitting you have stitches mounted both ways, both with the leading leg in front of the needle and with the leading leg behind the needle. Depending on the orientation I knit the stitches differently. This means I need to read my knitting as I go or I will end up with twisted stitches.
Apr 9, 2019 06:24:43   #
ckhanson
 
Most important - definitely learning how to knit continental combined.
Apr 9, 2019 06:26:10   #
BonnieSz
 
The absolute best thing I've learned with my knitting, and I recommend to anyone, was learning to read my stitches, the whole work actually. It changed everything for me in how I looked at the craft.
 
Apr 9, 2019 06:34:07   #
Margaretishbel
 
How to read graphs! I have always used written patterns.
Apr 9, 2019 07:01:29   #
sigridsmith
 
I've learned that you don't have to do something in a particular way just because it has always been done that way. I like to find my own way.
Apr 9, 2019 07:38:05   #
luvrcats
 
For me--PATIENCE and enjoy your project! I must add--never feel ANY question is too dumb--if we don't ask, we won't learn!!!
Apr 9, 2019 07:42:22   #
grandmatof4
 
That is how I learned to knit. My mother was German and she taught me. Now I live in Canada and most members of knitting groups knit the English way. Nice to see it explained with the video. I am not a vey experienced knitter and some of the instructions confuse me, especially SSK.
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