Continental vs. English

For eight years I have been a thrower. An English knitter, proud of my frequent movement and wrist soreness. Lately though the knitting battle wounds have been appearing far too often for my liking. I love to knit for hours on end while watching marathons of crappy TV but I can’t when my wrists are so sore that I can barely change the channel. So, since I have decided to dedicate my summer free time to the acquisition of new skills and crafts, I learned how to Continental knit and purl today as well as how to do the long tail cast-on. I feel accomplished and comfortable. My wrists are not aching and I am beginning to pick up some speed. I did have to attempt this technique about eight times before I got the right feel so I really haven’t made much quality progress. Here is my most even sample. I will continue with it this evening.



Here are the two most helpful videos that I found on my quest to learn something new in case you are interested in trying it out.



Which style of knitting do you prefer?

16 thoughts on “Continental vs. English

  1. i usually keep the yarn on my right hand but have been using it on my left hand ‘accidentally’ when working on some colourwork, to avoid mixing threads up

  2. I’m a thrower, but a very efficient thrower. It’s good to know both ways, though. I was working on a garter stitch project recently (blanket squares to decorate a bridge!), so I practiced contintental. I can do it, but it’s still not my favorite. I first learned to knit continental so I could carry a color in each hand for colorwork. Then Anna Zilboorg showed me how to carry two colors in my right (throwing) hand, and that’s how I’ve done colorwork ever since.

  3. I knit continental and I always have. I think it comes from crochet, which I learned to do first, but I am not sure. I love knitting that way too. I personally hold the left index finger high in the air like I’m making a point with it. It is so much faster, though be very careful, very careful with your gauge. Where most people get 5 stitches to the inch on maybe a US 7, I get that with a 2 or 3. I am the world’s loosest knitter, which I always say will make me very popular during college.

  4. I’m a continental knitter! I also think it’s because I started off crocheting, so my left hand was already used to holding my working yarn. I work my stitches much in the same way as Eunny Jang.

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