Learn How to Knit Continental

Recently I had a knitting awakening. Lorilee Beltman, owner of City Knitting in Grand Rapids, Michigan offered to give me a quick “Continental” knitting lesson. As a veteran “thrower” or English style knitter, I didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to see how the other half knit. I brought my video camera along to record the tutorial for all of you. And while the video is no substitute for the real-life knitting lesson, I hope this will help take some of the mystery out of Continental knitting.

Here’s a quick primer from Wikipedia to get you ready. The online encyclopedia describes the difference between the knitting styles this way:

Knitting with the yarn in one’s left hand is commonly referred to as Continental knitting,German-Style Knitting, left-hand knitting or European knitting. Unlike English knitting, the yarn is kept in the left hand and more importantly, the left hand never leaves the needle. While the English knitter can work by lifting the one hand up off the needle to wrap yarn around the opposite needle, the Continental knitter keeps both hands on their respective needles at all times.
Most German/Continental knitters feel that this style is more efficient than the English/American method.
Continental/German style knitting is also referred to as ‘picking’, whereas English/American style knitting is referred to as ‘throwing.'”

Okay, let’s roll that tape.

Many thanks to Lorilee for agreeing to star in this tutorial. If you happen to live in West Michigan and want to learn more, you can check out Lorilee’s upcoming knit and purl Continential classes on Nov. 28 and Dec. 5.

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