@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 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.
@erica English style straight, continental when I purl.
@bouncinglime both needles are firmly gripped in my fists 😄 Above definitely confuses me!
@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 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 My partner's English style.
@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!
@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 can’t seem to pick 😃