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Continental knitting

This entry is dedicated to us knitters, in particular those who are left handed...

Continental knitting has the yarn held in your left hand, which is actually (once you get the hang of it) a hell of a lot faster than "conventional" or English knitting.

Wiki's description

There is a video at

Knitting Help

And there's also some tutorials on YouTube.

One advantage to being able to knit both ways is if you're going to do Fair Isle, which I'm definitely going to have a crack at at some point!


Fascinating1 Might have a go at it sometime.

I hold my right-hand needle, or pin, under my right armpit and can get a good speed going with a nice tension. However, I'm willing to have a bash at the continental style ... if I can get my head, and hand and eye co-ordination, around the new technique!


Apple (private joke) :)
One thing I've found is you can't switch part-way on the row from having the yarn in your right to having it in your left, because the stitches end up twisted. It's not too bad providing you know about it, but it could make for interesting knitting otherwise!
Yes - had a little go last night on a hat I'm doing and you have to watch that you don't twist your stitches. Only tried the knit ones as I wasn't brave enough to have a go at the purl stitches!

Knitting with four needles - I use long ones, stick one end in a stuffed sock to anchor it and I use an extra needle (ie five not four) as I find it helps you space the knitting better!

Good place to buy spare double pointed needles are charity shops - but it pays to have a needle size gadget in your purse so you can insure you get the right size. I've got a German one which is about the size of a credit card so it doesn't take up a lot of room.