Portuguese Knitting

BuduR's picture

I went to a school board meeting last night, I sat down in the back as always with my knitting bag at my feet and started knitting away, someone sat down next to me and when I glanced over I see a a man knitting with what looks like two crochet hooks. OK, so who cares what the school board is talking about, my kids hate school anyway. He tells me he learned to knit in Portugal from two men in the lobby of his hotel. For anyone that hasn't seen this style here's a video showing it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZ31pk05CBE
I found these needles on the Lacis website and am seriously considering learning how to do this although I kind of see limited possibilities (no knitting in the round!) Has anyone tried this style of knitting?

Also now that I have your attention, any ideas on how to block a scarf that is going to be about 80" long? My usual method is to block something that long on my deck, but the snow is going to prevent it.



EricJT's picture

Portuguese knitting is easy

Portuguese knitting is easy and you can do it flat, in the round, stranded/fair isle - no limit. It was so easy to learn compared to Eng. or Cont.. I blog about it at knitforbrains.net a good bit, and there are good videos on youtube to learn from.

"Knitting your brows won't knit you a hat."

One of the things that stops

One of the things that stops me knitting at teachers'/faculty meetings is that I have to take minutes at the meetings...but don't think the thought has never entered my mind...!!! Grin...

BuduR's picture

It does look fun, and makes

It does look fun, and makes sense. And since I learned how to crochet first, knitting was a total mystery to me, how could you get the yarn to do what you want it to do without hooks! That's right guys, I have been a hooker since I was 7 years old! Maybe after the first of the year when everything settles I will get me a set of this needles and try it. *adds number 234892 on her things to do after the first of the year list*

jedwards's picture

i would love to learn how to

i would love to learn how to Knitting Portuguese Style.......it seem like it would be very fun.

kiwiknitter's picture

I've wanted to try this

I've wanted to try this method for some time now. It seems logical to me, in the same vein as picking up new stitches with the Addi Cro-Needle or binding-off with a crochet hook. Like you, I've hesitated because of the flat knitting. And, how cool, I might add, that there was a knitting dad at the school board meeting!

MMario's picture

I've been told you can

I've been told you can indeed knit in the round with purtuguese needles - but since I don't know how to knit *flat* with them I can't imagine how one would.

MMario - ambiguity is cultivated, it doesn't happen in a vacuum!

MMario's picture

What about folding the scarf

What about folding the scarf in half and blocking the two layers as one?

MMario - ambiguity is cultivated, it doesn't happen in a vacuum!

BuduR's picture

ok this makes complete and

ok this makes complete and utter sense. No wonder I didn't think of it!

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I've viewed the on-line

I've viewed the on-line video, I have read a description of Greek knitting that sounded similar, and I've seen photos of men knitting caps (stranding fans, see how they do it!) in the highlands of South America, all of which suggest to me that one can easily knit (though it looks to me more like purl) in the round using the "Portuguese" method. The description of Greek knitting mentions making the needles out of clothes hanger wire and notching them with a metal file.

Regarding blocking a long scarf, I would try something based on rolling, either a bolster or tube wrapped with the scarf (perhaps in a helical manner), or rolling the scarf in several layers of towelling. It will take longer to dry than a method directly exposing the fabric to air, but if done carefully, I would think that it would avoid creases.