Are You a Picker or a Thrower: The Discussion Continues!
Which knitting style is the "RIGHT" style?

Which knitting style is the “RIGHT” style?

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? 

3 Responses to Are You a Picker or a Thrower: The Discussion Continues!

  1. A lot of times, pickers will have their yarn wrap clockwise instead of counterclockwise around the needle when purling, because it’s easier that way. But that puts a little twist at the bottom of each stitch. This is easily remedied by knitting into the back loop on the “right side” (knit side) in stockinette. The problem comes when you’re knitting in the round…you never turn to the other side, so you can’t fix it that way! Not sure what the solution is for that, because I’m a thrower…

  2. Catherine Paxson says:

    I have no trouble with purl stitches knitting continental style. I’ve been doing it for 50 years without any problem.

  3. Joyce.Cook says:

    I knit for economy of movement English style. It sounds a bit insulting to call someone a thrower, until you see the exaggerated whip of the whole arm to make one stitch. Hence, I hold the yarn in my right hand, close to the needle tips with it loosely twined around my pinky and through the other fingers to the index and perform what looks like what I call ” looping”. Rather like reverse continental. Purling with continental fatigues my index finger. I get better tension control by being a ” looper” and knit pretty fast.. Loopers Rule!

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