From the moment I jumped into writing this post, I knew it would create such a buzz! To my amazement, 60 plus comments have come in to this post where I asked you the burning question about your knitting style of choice. Additionally, we received 238 comments on the Creative Knitting Facebook page.
I’ll admit, I’m partial to Continental (yup, I’m a picker) because that’s how I was taught, and when I was a new knitter, I didn’t realize there was another world of knitting styles. Who knew that a casual conversation in my editorial pool would spark such excitement?
This little discovery on knitting styles has been quite eye-opening and in case your wondering, there appears to be a fairly equal divide, for how many of you are English (throwers) and how many of you knit Continental (pickers). However, I will inform you happy English knitters– you’re a squeak ahead of us speedy Continental knitters. For years I’ve joked with my knitting friends that I’d have a T-shirt made with the words “Continental Knitters Do It Faster,” proudly plastered on front. I think the time has come for pickers to unite!
My little investigation has prompted me to personally look at knitting from a new perspective. The idea of learning a new way to do something always excites me. The fact that I knit only Continental could be limiting in some respects. Case-in-point–the purl side of my work. I find that my stitches slant sometimes on the wrong side if I’m not paying close attention to my tension. I’ve heard through the grapevine that using a combination of styles can fix this little dilemma by knitting English on the purl side.
Do you believe that knitting styles can affect the way your stitches look?