@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.
@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!