There are two schools of knitting style. One is called “English”, or throwing, where the yarn is held in the right hand. Then there is “Continental ‘, or picking, and the yarn is held in the left hand.
English style stems from Latin Europe while, Continental evolved from Germany and Eastern Europe. The United States is one of the few places where both styles are used and “acceptable”. Elizabeth Zimmerman is attributed to introducing the Continental style to the US in the 1960’s.
My friend Chris invited me to her knitting guild meeting last evening, the Candlewood Valley Knitting Guild*. It was held at the Brookfield Library, Brookfield, CT. Rosemary Fahey, a member, taught a group of us Continental knitting. She was 7 years old when, her mother first introduced her to knitting. She learned the English style. In her 40’s, she heard of a speed-knitting contest. In 2005 Miriam Tegel won the Dutch contest. In three minutes she knit 257 stitches.
Rosemary was impressed and realized she accomplished this feat through the Continental style of knitting. She decided to see what this was all about and was hooked. I found it to be a simple learning experience that just requires practice. She knits from the back loop, the video shows knitting from the front loop…her response was as long as you keep it consistent, you are ok. A tip I got from her is, she always slips the first stitch for a neater edge.
If you have never tried Continental, give it a try. Here is a video for you to see Continental stitch in action. Knit and purl
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- Candlewood Valley Knitting Guild, President Shirley Spencer: email@example.com, for more information on this Connecticut Guild Chapter.