Monday 19 November 2012

Continental and Combination or Combined Knitting

I decided to answer a question I received recently with a video (my first) and a list of other videos or links to other websites.  As my health is poor I did this in one take, so please excuse the weird hair, the strange gaps when my brain goes blank (because of all the painkillers) and the abrupt end of the video, which was because my phone rang! I would also like to inform you that my natural skin colour is not orange, and if you view this video on YouTube, there was something going on with the widescreen settings that I couldn't figure out, which makes my face look really wide.

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When I first learnt to knit I started with the English Style of knitting,

And the English Style of purling.

Then I started teaching myself how to pick stitches, rather than throw them, and I used the following video.  It's a bit longer than the previous two, but it is quite informative and shows the difference between the way I started out knitting and purling and the Continental method. It also includes how to perform other stitches, such as yarn over, in this style too.

Next is Combined or Combination knitting.  Annie Modesitt explains how to purl using the Combination Style here.  Yes, it really is as simple as she makes out!  I like how this way of purling takes the yarn in the shortest way possible into becoming the next loop on the needle.  It is this action that increases row consistency.  Purling in this way has a small impact on how your stitches are orientated for your knit rows, but as these next video shows, it really is a small difference.  Here is how you do the purl stitch using the combined method.

This next video shows how it impacts your knit stitches.

This, of course, impacts the way you YO, SSK and K2tog.

Here is another video that tells you about it in a different way.  Sometimes different teachers make more sense.

I hope that these videos help you work out what is best for you.  If anyone finds any better/different explanations in video or tutorial form, please let me know and I'll add them to this page.  I'm going to put this post under the tutorials tab for future reference.

I've listed all of these video as a playlist on YouTube in case you want to favourite them.


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