In continental knitting, sometimes known as picking or European knitting, the yarn you are working with is held in the left hand. If you hold your working yarn in your right hand, a method known as throwing or English knitting, then continental knitting will make an excellent addition to your knitting toolbox!
I hear lots of students say that they’ve been knitting too many years to learn a new way to knit, and that’s just not true! I first learned to knit as a thrower and had been a proud English knitter for nearly 40 years before I learned to knit in the continental style. I’d always thought it was one or the other, but now I realize that there are times when I prefer to throw and other times when I prefer to pick (often it depends on the yarn or the pattern). Continental knitting can even be quicker than English knitting once you get the hang of it! This method can come in very handy when working with multiple colors; Fair Isle becomes a breeze when you can hold one color in the left hand and one color in your right hand at the same time.
This class is perfect for throwers who’ve always wanted to learn continental knitting, as well as for continental knitters who have struggled with the continental purl. Together we will master the knit stitch and the purl stitch and we will practice alternating between them. I love hearing my students say, “I’ve tried to learn this a ton of times, but now I get it!” I promise that you’ll get it too.
Here’s a suggestion from class that you can try at home:
Whether you are a picker or a thrower, one step knitters often skip is sizing your stitch. Make sure that when you pull a new stitch through an old stitch, you push the stitch all the way up onto the needle with tension still on the yarn before pulling to off to the right needle.
Continental Knitting with Patty Lyons
Tuition: $45/ 2 hour session
Prerequisite Classes: Knitting 1or skills listed below.
Skills Required: Must know how to knit, purl, cast on, bind off. Recognize the knit and purl stitch and be able to work them in a pattern without supervision.
Materials & Homework (if required):Listed in confirmation e-mail
In continental knitting, sometimes known as European knitting, or left-hand knitting, the yarn is held in the left hand. Continental knitting is the more efficient method of knitting, requiring the shortest number of specific hand motions per stitch. This knitting style is often easier to learn for people with crocheting experience, since the way the yarn is fed is very similar to crochet. In this class you will learn how easy it is to convert to continental knitting and a k1 p1 rib will never be the same!
Monday, October 22
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
To book the class online, click here.
This class is just one of many in our full schedule of classes. In addition to all the fun events and groups the Lion Brand Yarn Studio hosts, we also run nearly 100 classes a month. We have classes every week day and night and all day on Sunday in 3 classrooms. We can also give private lessons on any topic on a day and time that suits you!
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