Half Continental

AndrewNiehus's picture

I knit in a very odd way, I call it half continental. I have the yarn in my left hand, and throw it with my left hand as well. So it is not english, and not continental....somewhere half way there. I have found it is really slow, though my knitting is very nice looking. Now I have been trying to knit in the normal continental style, and my tension has gone out the window. It is very lose and I have no idea how to fix this. Any suggestions on keeping it tight? I am knitting a scarf longways in an attempt to get my gauge to work properly...not working so far.

In other news, the choir I am in in is singing at the National Music Educators Association NW Division Conference in Spokane, WA this weekend. I am amazed that anyone would have a convention on V-Day weekend. We get to leave at 6 am on Friday and are singing at two highschools on our way up there. It is only a six hour drive. I am sad though, we will miss a lot of the really good sessions and performances because of the distance we have to travel. It anyone is a NMEA member they can come see us sing, but otherwise I think everyone is out of luck. My parents have not yet been able to hear me sing this year.


thairapist's picture

I used to knit that way.

I used to knit that way. Took me a few years to break the habit. It does make purling easier so i resort to that when i purl. You can get pretty fast but i got tired of the comments so i practiced using my left index finger now i wrap the yarn around my ring finger and then put my index finger under the yarn and use it to lift the yarn over the needle. I can go pretty fast now.
Thanks for posting that

mrossnyc's picture

When I learned to knit, I

When I learned to knit, I learned Continental but have felt that my tension was too tight due to the way I wrapped the yarn around my finger. Recently though, I've been trying a different method that I saw on the knitpicks site. There were some videos of the fastest knitter and she describes how she holds the yarn. I'm nowhere near as fast as she is, but I have increased the speed of my knitting and my tension is more regular. Good luck with it, but give it time as well.

QueerJoe's picture

Thanks for posting this

Thanks for posting this Andrew. I knit exactly like you (what you call half Continental), and I've never been a very fast knitter.

A number of times I've tried to switch to true continental and I have the exact same issue as you with tension that is way too loose. I have tried winding the yarn around fingers in ways I've watched in videos, but it is almost painfully uncomfortable.

Maybe Scottly is right and I just have to force myself to keep knitting the way I want to get to, but I will probably wait until I'm working on a project I don't care much about...lol.

scottly's picture

I was told recently that it

I was told recently that it takes about six months for you to adjust to a new knittting technique. When I first switched to continental my stitches were way loose as well but in time the guage worked itself out, so now I have no problem. And... it took about six months to happen. I knit a lot of socks and you want socks to be knit tighter then say a scarf, so that might have helped me tighten up my general knitting. In the mean time you can do what I did an just use needles a size or two smaller then what's called for.