I find the differences in knitting styles to be such a lively topic of discussion, so I wanted to keep the conversation going. I first opened up the subject of knitting styles in this post. I asked: Do you knit English or Continental, and when was the first time you heard that there were even other styles “out there” other than the one you use?
I was taught to knit Continental. I get that the mainstream way to learn is English-style, or in other words the “throwing” method. Knitters who use this version, hold the working yarn with their right hand and “throw it” instead of tensioning it in the left hand the way Continental knitters do.
The “controversy” exists over which method is right for a newbie knitter. I can of course only speak from my own experience as a Continental knitter, or as a “picker.” Like all new knitters, I found knitting awkward and unfamiliar at first, but once I got the hang of it, knitting became second nature. I also think that no matter what knitting style you use, it was because you simply learned what was handed down to you or what you were taught in your local yarn shop. Either way, we all get to the same exciting place!