September 26, 2009

Knitting In Public


I was knitting in public the other day and I couldn't believe how many people came up to me and commented on my method of knitting. I had more comments on my method than I did on the product the I was creating. I am a continental knitter, this is how I was taught and I do not know any other way. I am also left handed and am told that this is a better way for left handed people to knit. Some people said "Oh wow, your mother must have taught you how to knit cause you don't see many people using that method now a days." Others on the other hand said "that's wrong, your knitting wrong, you're cheating!" "You're not knitting, you're crocheting." I myself don't quite understand the controversy over it, knitting is knitting, is it not? Don't we all end up with the same result in the end? If all the knitters in the world were knitting from the same pattern even though they were using different methods end up with pretty much the same looking item in the end? Am I wrong?

9 comments:

  1. I was checking out your baby Mary Jane pattern when I saw this post. I'm a continental knitter too (not left handed) and there is nothing wrong with it. It's kind of like the people who think they have to mix up their juice concentrate in a certain way. I started knitting only a few years ago and I love continental. Stick with what you like and know, all the rest can just stick it!:}

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  2. I'm also a continental knitter, although I started off the "other" way but found it painfully inefficient (at least in theory). I taught myself continental and while I still don't knit WELL, I at least knit.

    Like Stephanie says... they can STICK it. :)

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  3. Thanks guys! I agree, they can STICK it. Lol!!!

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  4. I also started out learning the "other way" and my stitches were so tight they couldn't even slide along the needle. So I looked online and taught myself continental, my aunt says I knit strangely but it all turns out the same in the end. I recently discovered I don't purl any 'recognized' way.... I use my thumb!

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  5. I don't think there's even a name for what I do, I'm also lefty and had too tight stitches the regular method and gave up. Then a few years later I was determined and from what I recall I don't even hold my yarn right, it's like a mixture of everything. BUt everything turns out the same, sometimes my brain hurts from technique directions though.

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  6. well i had to look up what continental knitting is .but that is the same way i knit . i learned it that way in school and they also call it german knitting and that is where i am from . but either way it doesn't matter as long as you like it right .

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  7. o_O How is it 'cheating'? Because you don't knit the American way it's 'cheating'? :-p I could never learn the other way. I tried and tried, like all the books were teaching. I finally asked around online. I explained that I was getting confused because it felt so awkward. Continental knitting was recommended, and after that learning was EASY. (Crochet, however, I still can't get the hang of. I may try learning it left-handed to see if that helps. I'm mostly right-handed, but some things I have to do left-handed.)

    Honestly, most people I meet when knitting in public have never seen someone knit, so the style didn't bother them. Those who had seen people knit before just commented on how the way I was doing it looked so much easier on the joints (which it is!).

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