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Crochet to Knit

It's strange. In learning to knit, I keep seeing two different ways to knit - Continental and English. The main difference is which hand you use to work the yarn. In English, you use the right hand, and Continental uses the left. Everything I've seen says that most knitters in the US use the English method and work the yarn with their right hand.

I've had a hard time following the pictures of certain things, because I am using my left hand.

I think I have figured out why. I started out with crochet. I hold a crochet hook in my right hand and stitch with my left hand. That carried over to knitting. I am much more comfortable using my left hand to work things.

Guess I better get used to searching out 'continental method' instructions! :)

BTW - I came into some awesome merino yarn today and am trying another soaker, this one knit, for Kerri. YAY!

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maedb
Dec. 29th, 2007 05:54 am (UTC)
And then there's that thing called picking or throwing. I've been knitting for years, and I still haven't figured out if I knit English or continental, or if I pick or throw my yard. All I know is I'm weird. I hold my left needle still, propped against my hip or my belly button or someplace. All the knitting happens with the other needle whipping hither and thither. I gotta be real careful with them there double-pointy needles!

Do you have any on-line places to check out stitches and techniques and things?
trshtwns01
Dec. 29th, 2007 11:46 pm (UTC)
allykatt gave me this link and it helped me a LOT.
Knittinghelp.com
Lion Brand was NO help.

Actually, I jab the left needle against me sometimes and find out I'm working the yarn with the left hand and moving the right needle only. :) I haven't done anything with the double pointed needles yet, or the circular needles. I also get scared when I see those pictures in the book where they have like four double ended needles working at the same time.
maedb
Dec. 30th, 2007 01:57 am (UTC)
Exactly the two things I was gonna tell you! Allykatt is a keeper, isn't she?

Don't be afraid of the double-pointed ones. There may be four or siz or whatever needles - but they are NOT all working at the same time. It's the same old same old. Hold one needle and work the other one. The rest of them are just hanging out, waiting for you to get around to them.

I can't use the circular ones. They don't fit into my belly button very well =grin=
suewin
Dec. 30th, 2007 03:08 pm (UTC)
I must crochet differently than you!
I hold the needle in my right hand and I stitch with the needle?! I only use my left hand to hold what I'm working on.

But then I am one of those taught my self from books people, I've never actually seen any one crochet.......
trshtwns01
Dec. 30th, 2007 06:54 pm (UTC)
No, that's what I mean. The needle is in the right hand, and my working yarn is in my left hand, along with the work in progress.
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