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Date: 2/19/07 8:54 AM

For those of you who knit English style (wrapping the yarn with the right hand or finger) you should give the Contintental style a try. The first 15 years I knitted I used the English style, and when I lived in Germany my neighbor taught me the continental style. Once I got the hang of it I could knit so much faster! It is really ideal to know how to do both, because once you want to try Fair Isle (knitting with 2 colors in a row) you can hold the two yarns in separate hands. Check out this tutorial - she shows you English, Continental, then how to use both in knitting Fair Isle:
http://www.philosopherswool.com/
(Scroll down to Video Clip)

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Date: 2/19/07 10:11 AM

I saw another video demo on youtube on continental knitting. It's about 10 minutes long and she gives a comparison to the English method as well-I think it would be great for any beginner's wanting to learn to help them decide which method they'd prefer, too.

Personally I like continental, though I learned English as well. I'm better at continental since that's what I learned first. I also use English when I'm doing Fair Isle knitting.

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Date: 2/19/07 1:58 PM

Well, I don't care about speed, but I'm a proponent of Eastern Uncrossed. My mom was the fastest knitter I've ever seen and that was how she knit.

Purling is so much easier and I get perfect tension. For ribbing, and especially if you have trouble with those "stripes" in stockinette stitch, you should try it.

ETA: Annie Modesitt calls it "combined" knitting and has instructions on her website Annie Modesitt
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Date: 1/9/13 9:35 PM

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I have no idea what Apple thought I was saying so be a Peach and credit anything bizarre to auto correct.

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