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Knitters - Do you "pick" (continental) or "throw" (conventional) your yarn?

I'm a lefty, taught by my mom who was also a lefty. I've heard most lefties tend to knit continental style, rather than wrapping/throwing the yarn over the working needle with each stitch.


                                     Which kind of knitter are you?    :-D


Asked by ss_mom at 9:56 PM on Jan. 15, 2011 in Hobbies & Crafts

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Answers (6)
  • I knit but I have no clue what you mean! lol

    Answer by rhianna1708 at 10:07 PM on Jan. 15, 2011

  • I hold the yarn in my right hand so I'm a "thrower". I've tried doing it the my left and I can't control the needles and hold the yarn at the same time. Frustrates me especially since when I crochet I hold the piece and the yarn in my left hand, lol. I can't figure out what the difference is that I can't do both while knitting (must be something to do with the actual needle).

    Answer by justanotherjen at 10:23 PM on Jan. 15, 2011

  • Here's a short video that demonstrates continental knitting (right handed).

    She goes very slowly, and explains it well. You can see from here demo why it's sometimes called "picking". I do it in reverse (left handed) and hook the index finger that tensions the yarn. It goes really fast once you get the hang of it.    :-)



    Comment by ss_mom (original poster) at 4:55 PM on Jan. 16, 2011

  • Which ever one I am completely clumsy.

    Answer by mmmegan38 at 7:36 PM on Jan. 16, 2011

  • I use the "continental" method, otherwise known as German knitting. The other style is also called English knitting. I had a lot of trouble with the English style, find the German method much easier. I guy I knew in college taught me this method.

    Answer by mikesmom65270 at 12:24 AM on Jan. 17, 2011

  • Thrower!

    Answer by salexander at 11:28 AM on Jan. 25, 2011