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Just learned this method due to increasing arthritis in index fingers (and the springlike weather doesn't help). However, I would like to know if anyone knows how to do increases/decreases for this method. I can't seem to find any videos or text explaining it to me and the socks I am making call for both. Thanks. :?:
 

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((((((((( I just viewed a decrease on the purl side Portuguese method on this video then my satellite net quit working - and volume - not sure if the increase was in there: http://www.wonderhowto.com/how-to-knit-portuguese-style-321886/

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quote=cassiedc]Just learned this method due to increasing arthritis in index fingers (and the springlike weather doesn't help). However, I would like to know if anyone knows how to do increases/decreases for this method. I can't seem to find any videos or text explaining it to me and the socks I am making call for both. Thanks. :?:[/quote]
 

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((((((((( IMHO, there is less movement with Continental knitting (see more notes. The Portuguese method has the thumb moving around a lot.

C knitting has movement in a tight site picture and I've stopped using the finger down method there to purl and just put a free finger, which is already there, on the loop. Left or right index finger works. They're there anyhow and I don't have to go down the two inches (?) to purl eliminating repeated stress to the index finger.

I don't have hands trouble, either but thought the purl method took longer and I was looking to make it faster. The knit stitch is a piece of cake but the purl was annoying until I changed it.

Hope this helps! LOL!!

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GrannyKnits said:
I'm also interested in learning the Portuguese method because of my hands.
I'll be watching this thread for the answers to your question.
 

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There are many good how to videos on the internet for Portugese style knitting. If you can afford it, order Andrea Wong, Portugese Style of Knitting DVD. You will not regret it! I love mine, I also bought her sock DVDs. I switched due to major shoulder surgery, with complications from bc radiation. I would not be knitting if I had not found this style of knitting. Good luck to you! SasZKnitter
 

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I've seen her ad in Interweave quite awhie ago. Im glad to know that it's worth the money and that it helps with arthritus. My shoulders, arms, and hands hurt, too. I still keep knitting, though. I'm glad to know about Portuguese knitting. Thanks.
 

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I've been knitting using PK for about 2 weeks. I've not had done an increase or decrease yet, but I imagine that the decrease is the same as in regular knitting - k2tog or p2tog. In her video (that was referenced in another response) she did a yarnover in the knit stitch by flipping the yarn over the right needle and then knitting the next stitch, but that just makes a hole. Have you tried knitting in the front and back of one stitch or any other way of decreasing? I too have sore finger joints and using this has helped with the pain and swelling. Just practice on a swatch and click on the link that was given earlier to watch the video. I've gone to her website -AndreaWong.com and looked at her books and videos - not really expensive, but I haven't ordered one yet. I'm also going to try the Continental method too to see which I like better. Good luck with your knitting.
 

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Thanks for the advice. I have tried what you describe. I am trying to knit my first socks (since Thanksgiving) and they look it! I'm trying all different methods on this pair to see where I have the best tension. According to her video referenced on youtube, she holds the ball yarn coming off the left needle. Since I've begun again and again with the yarn from the right needle, I've just adapted the stitch. It works quite well. So I'll just keep on trying something until I'm really comfortable with it.
 

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OMG! I just watched that video, and I think I'll just have to try it....looks so fascinating! While out there I also so the video on speed knitting....now there is a huge OMG! Wow! Can't say enough about that. LOL
 

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Carpal tunnel can be very painful. I had surgery on my right hand in 1992. I had knit 18 large afghans for my children and grandchildren in less than 2 years. The Doctor told me that was what caused it. I was told I could knit again but only 30 minutes at a time. I didn't do too much knitting for long time but I knit all the time now. No problems with right hand. I had my left hand checked recently. The specialist told me I didn't have carpal tunnel in that hand. Sometimes I just need to rest awhile before spending too long knitting. I just love to knit!!!
 
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