How to get faster at knitting

This video is part of a blog post at The Craft Sessions on how to get faster at knitting. It shows the four main styles of knitting in the one video. English, Continental, Lever and Portuguese.
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5 Responses to How to get faster at knitting

  • courag1 says:

    Great video. Ravelry which is the hub on the internet for all things knitting does refer to the technique you are talking about as English Flicking. Since the same technique is used in Britain and America, it is still English style.

    You could fine tune your demo on it as the means of speed is to throw as little as possible so it involves pushing the left hand into the right. Then you are actually catching the yarn or picking it in the knit stitch. On the knit stitch the left hand collapses towards the right hand to complete the stitch, whereas I've found to do the opposite with purling so the movement of the collapse goes from right to left for purling. It isn't a big movement, just for the means of making catching the yarn easier.

    The movement of the hands tilts the needles so it is easier with circular needles than straight and find that Portuguese is easier for the same reason with circulars.

    Both Portuguese style and English Flicking has the advantage of a consistently good purl stitch so there is no rowing (loose rows appearing on the purl side of the work — typically about every 4th row or part of that row). I know how to knit Continental and do so for socks mostly because knitting in the round makes beautiful stockinette, but sock work up equally nice with English Flicking. It is good to know both as that is how I knit Fair Isle most often. It also is the way I do with Double Knitting.

    Knitting is not only for leisure recreation and relaxation, but you get finished projects (hopefully) but that has to do with satisfaction of the final outcome. If your making an Aran cable and have lots of background reverse stockinette, and the cables are tight together, it may not matter but if you have open fields of reverse stockinette, you may find Continental purling, which is often looser, produces rowing. 

    There is knitting backwards which avoids the purl stitch for Continental. All in all, it is always good to know more than one technique. Use the technique you like. Knitting backwards changes the motion of knitting enough to rest fingers which may get sore and has the advantage of always working on the front of the work, particularly nice for Entrelac or even for lace knitting. 

    I love Continental for ribbing a it is fast but then I do Combined Continental which has a different mount, but the output knitting can look the same. The purl wraps then the easiest way and I know how to correct the mount in the next row knitting in the back of the stitch.

    If you like your knitting, enjoy what you do, the finished result is good, that is what matters.

  • 2twinszz says:

    Thank you for taking the time to demonstrate. I started out continental, then throwing, then flicking, one lever knitting with 16" straight or double pointed needles as well as circular. I knit quit a bit faster on lever knitting. It took a week of knitting the style to become very comfortable. Thank you again!

  • ShineRainingdays says:

    i really like your explanation, it helps a lot in understanding what are the differences in different knitting style. thank you so much for putting these together

  • theideaofsussex says:

    It took me a couple tries to get it going but once I caught the rhythm of your preferred hybrid I definitely like it a lot more than what I had been doing which was just the traditional English throwing method. Thank you for making this!

  • Victoria Dathan says:

    Great tutorial. I like the Irish cottage knitting method. It's very sophisticated and you don't really feel tension in your hands when knitting. Its also very fast. So, if your trying to improve your speed , that would be a good method to use.



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