Continental knitters use their left hand to knit. Continental knitting is also known as European knitting, German Knitting, and left-hand knitting. Below are steps and guides on how to knit continental style.
- Gather your knitting materials. You need row counter, knitting needles, knitting baskets or tote, crochet hooks, knitting stitch holders, knitting stitch markers, knitting needle point protectors, and knitting patterns. There are knitting patterns in magazines and you can download and print patterns online.
- Understand continental style knitting. The style advents in continental Europe. It is widely famous in Germany and other English speaking nations. English knitting (right hand knitting) is the counterpart of continental knitting.
- Hand movement. Use your right wrist to slip your right needle in the stitch’s loop that’s being knitted. Hook or scoop the yarn on your right needle. Use your right hand’s index finger or thumb to hold the yarn as you pull the new stitch out of loop.
Continental knitting is advance. The way you will hold yarn in your left hand and the motion of your right hand resembles crochet. Hold the knitting needle under your palm. The right wrist’s motion that resembles pencil holding is one prominent distinction. It may take some time to master continental knitting if you’re accustomed to English knitting.
- Create a continental knit stitch. Hold the yarn in your left hand. Insert your right hand needle in the primary stitch on your left hand needle. The movement is from left-right, and front-back.
Hook the yarn from your forefinger. The tip of the needle in your right hand must bring the needle towards you to catch the yarn between needles.
Bring back your right hand needle through your stitch along the yarn’s loop. The primary stitch must drop of your left hand needle. Repeat the process in your following stitches.
- Create a continental purl stitch. Flip your yarn in the front of your left hand needle. Insert your right hand needle in your primary stitch on your left hand needle. Movement is from right-left and back-front.
Use your left forefinger to hook the yarn. The right needle’s tip must bring the needle near you.
Use your thumb to bring back the right hand needle through the stitch. Let the primary stitch to drop off your left hand needle. Repeat the process in your succeeding purl stitches.
- Tension. Control the yarn tension by threading it through your left hand’s fingers. Loop the yarn over your index finger and around your little finger.
- Knitting continental tips. The yarn’s path must be between needles. You must be comfortable in holding the needles to create even stitches. Experiment with hand and needle positioning if you’re a beginner. Experiment with hand and yarn positioning and find comfort. Sustain your beginning stitches to the needle’s tip; just be careful so the stitches won’t slip.
Begin with small projects. Make advance projects as you progress. Write notes about your learning so it’s easier to remember them. Read knitting materials for patterns, and ideas. Make friends with other hobbyist.