Friday, November 1, 2013

Knitting School

One of my knitting goals for a long time has been to learn how to knit continental style, that is, holding the yarn in your left hand and "picking" at the yarn to create the stitches.  I have tried multiple times and it's always a big fail.  That's why I was so excited to see Craftsy's newest course, Improve Your Knitting: Alternative Methods and Styles [affiliate link]. I have learned so much from Craftsy in the past, I decided this is probably my best shot at learning how to pick.

I'm doin' it!!  Here is my practice swatch....

In the past, my biggest struggle has been mastering the purl stitch in continental style.  If nothing else, this class has made me feel better because the instructor admits that this is the hardest part of continental knitting and even seasoned continental knitters still have trouble with it.  So, at least I know it's not just me.  Anyway, her directions were very clear and helpful and I think I'm starting to get the hang of it.  I still need lots of practice because my tension is all over the place, but at least I am to the point where I am able to form the stitch the correct way - which is a good thing!

The course teaches a lot more than continental knitting, but I haven't really explored the other lessons yet - though they sound interesting.  I'm sure I will go back to them at some point, but for now, I just want to focus on mastering this one skill.  Wish me luck!!

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