Monday, April 30, 2012

HOW I KNIT

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Colin - thanks for sharing this way. I knit the way you used to knit. I think it's called English throwing? I need to change also. Way too much hand movement and stress on the joints of my hands. Also, I'm such a slow knitter. I keep putting off learning Continental because I know I need to take some time to learn but I keep saying "just one more project." Is "Lever" knitting the correct spelling? I'm going to look up on Youtube. I couldn't quite get it watching the video. Thanks again. Susan

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing, Colin. I'm pretty sure I knit that way too, but slightly slower! I find I can build up some speed if I knit a good stretch of stocking stitch, but ribbing always slows me down.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing, Colin. I'm pretty sure I knit this way too, but a little slower! I can build up a good bit of speed in a long stretch of stocking stitch in the round, but ribbing and anything fancy always slows me down.

Tallguy said...

That is how we knit here too, and we call this "throwing". Any time you hold the yarn in the right hand, that is throwing. I've seen others from England use another method of holding the needle in the right hand like a pencil, with the length over the hand (only with straights; can't do that with circs easily)and they "throw" simply by moving the hand forward and back. Very quick, with minimal movement. I'm not there yet.
Pretty good use of the camera. I think John will do quite well, with a few more of these! :-)

P. Joan Gavigan said...

Colin, this is very helpful! I don't normally knit "English" style, although I started that way (and in the way you had to stop doing), even knitting "continentally," I still use the English method for my right hand when I'm doing fair isle.
I think the secret is in tensioning the yarn properly, isn't it?
Really nice video - thanks - and thanks to John, too:)!
And have a lovely wedding!!! Wish I could be there to celebrate with you!

Knitman said...

Tallyguy: the method you describe is the one I am showing, except on short circs, not long str8's

Iris said...

I knit this way, but you are MUCH faster and neater.

Catnit said...

It was good to see this, you knit just like my mother used to. She taught me to knit but somehow I ended up knitting your old method. Recently I've been trying continental knitting, movement is economic but even after several months I still find myself reverting. Did it take long for your muscles to learn the new way? I'm persevering as I'm starting to experience pain when knitting.
Julie

Catnit said...

It was good to see this, you knit just like my mother used to. She taught me to knit but somehow I ended up knitting your old method. Recently I've been trying continental knitting, movement is economic but even after several months I still find myself reverting. Did it take long for your muscles to learn the new way? I'm persevering as I'm starting to experience pain when knitting.
Julie