Hear ye, knitters of Mastodon! I'm curious about what kind of knitters we all are, so...

English style (right handed) or Continental style (left handed)?

I'm a Continental knitter myself, though I haven't met many of us in the wild.

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@erica I throw with my right hand, using Reverse Combined knitting. (My knit stitches sit on the needle in the opposite direction from most people's, and I knit them through the back loop.)

@erica English style, right handed, although I've always wanted to learn Continental. I think it's supposed to be faster?

@lemurchild it can be faster, but it really depends on what you're knitting. Continental feels more natural to me, but that could be just because it's what I learned first.

@lemurchild @erica some of the fastest knitters in the world are English style - but using a knitting belt. I knit English style (no knitting belt), and am reasonably speedy (when Iโ€™m on a roll and knitting stockinette, I go about a stitch per second.)

Really it depends what youโ€™re comfortable with and what kind of knitting youโ€™re doing. I forget which is supposed to be faster for lace, cable, and knit/purl patterns. I knit both-handed for colorwork.

@gannet @erica @lemurchild

I knit combined, which is continental but "throwing" with your left index finger. I'm pretty fast, and don't hurt myself, and that's my main priority when I'm knitting.

I use my index and middle fingers on my left hand two control the two strands of yarn for color work, and basically never control the yarn with my right hand, because my dexterity just doesn't work that way.

@aimil @lemurchild @erica huh, all the reading Iโ€™ve done says that combined knitting is about having the two kinds of stitch face in different directions? Yours isnโ€™t the definition Iโ€™m familiar with...

@gannet @erica @lemurchild I may be misusing terms here, so perhaps disregard me! Iโ€™ll look things up when I get home.

@erica Still getting used to knitting, but I'm a continental. I find English too slow, and Continental kinda reminds me of #crochet. Continentals unite!

@erica @gannet Continental now, but started as English.

The other important question is, do you hold your needles in or above your hands? (Mine are in. Above is just some crazy voodoo magic!)

@bouncinglime both needles are firmly gripped in my fists ๐Ÿ˜„ Above definitely confuses me!

@bouncinglime @erica you mean knife versus pencil hold? I hold my needles in both hands. Pencil hold makes me wonder how the heck it works.

@gannet @erica ... I just had to do both with my hands to figure it out.

Yeah, knife versus pencil. I'm a knife-needle-holder. ^_^

@erica Switch. Or, both when doing colourwork or something else stranded.

Oddly, when I learned (as a kid) and relearned (early 20s), I think I was continental. When I picked it up again in my mid-30s, English was completely naturally and unconsciously how I grabbed the yarn.

I haven't got the hang of a continental purl for some reason. So I can carry yarn lefty when in the round but not flat.

@erica I knit left handed. It's pretty close to Continental, but because of mostly teaching myself I don't quite fit Continental style.

I'm a lefty and crocheted for years before I started knitting, which has definitely influenced how I hold my yarn and needles.

@erica ok, your brilliant opener suddenly yanked out this song from the back of my head, where it has lain forgotten lo these many years.

@erica Totally continental. I learned to knit from YouTube.

@erica continental! Though I learned english style too in order to do two handed stranded knitting.

@erica English style, even though Iโ€™ve developed a gross click in my wrist from it and tried to do Continental... but my tension was all off ๐Ÿ˜ฉ

Iโ€™ve been trying this technique called โ€œflickingโ€ that I found on YouTube but I havenโ€™t learned how to adapt it to a project that Iโ€™m doing with English rib stitch so no dice

@erica Iโ€™m Continental too. Thatโ€™s because I learned while on a student exchange to Denmark in high school!

@erica I knit right handed but I tension the yarn with my left hand. So, I guess that makes me a Continental Right Handed Knitter!


@Harena @erica Iโ€™ve seen you knit, my friend. Youโ€™re a regular continental knitter; the left and right hand in this conversation means exactly which hand the yarn is held in, not whether youโ€™re right-handed. ๐Ÿ™‚

@gannet @erica Ahhh! But you can see it's a touchy spot for me because years ago when i was Demo'ing at AC Moore, a woman insisted that I was knitting left-handed, but I guess maybe she just meant Continental?

I remember being quite miffed at the time, though, because I am not only right-handed, I am *very* right-handed and can barely do anything with my left!

Sothereyago. Live & Learn!

@Harena @erica some people THINK continental is left-handed, and indeed some left-handers can manage it more easily. But youโ€™re still wiggling the needle around with your right hand. She was RONG or else she just meant continental.

@gannet @erica She never used the word Continental, I think I would have remembered that, so I'm inclined to agree with you on her Rongness. ;)

She was a regular in that store at the time I was working there & was one of those sorts who Knew Everything.(and told everybody so) ;p

@erica Continental. I've always wondered why English persists so much in the US.

@erica I primarily knit English, though sometimes I switch to Continental to rest my wrists

@erica I'm a Continental knitter. I'm mostly self-taught and might be doing it "wrong," but it works for me :) I'm also learning to knit with one color in each hand to make colorwork easier.

@erica continental. Though I do my purl stitch slightly oddly. I wrap with my left hand as I canโ€™t seem to pick ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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