@paeneultima if you pick up a new stitch from yarn in your left hand, that's probably continental, and if you wrap a new stitch from yarn in your right hand, that's probably English. (I only say "probably" because there are indeed many variations of how to knit! As long as you end up knitting something, it must be working 😆)
@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 I’m on a roll and knitting stockinette, I go about a stitch per second.)
Really it depends what you’re comfortable with and what kind of knitting you’re doing. I forget which is supposed to be faster for lace, cable, and knit/purl patterns. I knit both-handed for colorwork.
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.
@lemurchild I haven't met many knitters in person who knit combined except for my my mom and those I've taught myself how to knit... also, I just realised I've never really discussed this point with any of them. However, when asking other people online who describe their style as "combined", I've confirmed that they also have to reverse ssk and k2tog. It sounds like @aimil also was doing that but unlearned it?
That describes my knitting -- I was taught to knit through the back loop of a knit stitch, and wrap the purl stitch one direction, and I taught myself to knit through the front leg of a knit stitch and wrap the purl yarn the other direction -- now I don't have to reverse k2togs or ssks and I don't twist my stitches when I knit in the round.
@lemurchild @erica @aimil @JordiGH I think by reverse, Jordi means that the left-leaning decrease just involves knitting two stitches together the easy at instead of having to slip stitches back and forth, while it’s the right-leaning decrease that requires slipping the stitches before knitting them together, as opposed to what non-combined knitters do.
@JordiGH @aimil @erica @lemurchild I only have to adjust decreases when I’m knitting in the round or if there’s WS patterning. My purl stitches are like most Western knitters’, so after a plain WS row, I don’t have to make adjustments. But I do reverse combined knitting, which is less common than the kind that’s done continental style.
Yes, Naomi, that's exactly what I mean!
For the longest time time I thought was doing continental because I thought the only distinction was if you threw the yarn or not, until one day a more experienced knitter taught me what was the real name for what I do. And once I realised I did something different, I also realised why the instructions were "wrong" for me.
@JordiGH @aimil @erica @lemurchild regular combined is if the stitch you just knit sits with its right leg in front and its left leg in back of the needle; a stitch you just purled has its right leg behind the needle and the left leg in front. Regular combined knitters usually tension the yarn in their left hand.
Reverse combined is the other way, and usually involves throwing the yarn with the right index finger. I taught myself to do it on purpose.
@JordiGH @aimil @erica @lemurchild I throw my yarn English style with my right hand, like usual. I just wrap my knit stitch in the opposite direction. The old stitches sit on the left needle, and the new stitches are formed on the right needle.
This makes my knit and purl stitches much the same size and helps keep my flat knitting from rowing out. It also feels faster.
I’m in no way left hands.
@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 English style, even though I’ve developed a gross click in my wrist from it and tried to do Continental... but my tension was all off 😩
I’ve been trying this technique called “flicking” that I found on YouTube but I haven’t learned how to adapt it to a project that I’m doing with English rib stitch so no dice
@erica I’m Continental too. That’s because I learned while on a student exchange to Denmark in high school!
@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!