One of my lovely readers asked me to write a blog post about knitting techniques I’d like to learn. I found a huge list of techniques via Google, so to begin with, I pared the list down to remove things like project types, since those aren’t techniques as much as a combination of things. I also removed references to dyeing or spinning, since those aren’t knit-related. Now, although my primary goal is to talk about what I want to learn, I will add some anecdotes about the things I have learned… Primarily for your amusement. Here’s the list:
American/English knitting and Continental knitting
Cable stitch patterns
Designing knitted garments
Drop stitch patterns
Fair Isle knitting
Knitting and purling backwardsLace patterns
Long Tail CO
Moebius band knitting
Slip stitch patterns
Twisted stitch patterns
Two end knitting
So I’ll start with American/English knitting. Have I ever told you how I learned to knit? With a Lion Brand boucle scarf kit? Yeah, the instructions would’ve been better if they were written by Ikea. Luckily, I was able to find the excellent resource that is Knittinghelp.com, and things became much clearer.
Now, I’m not sure why I chose English over continental. I think, most likely, it was because I’m so utterly right handed that trying to control the yarn in my left hand was doomed from the start. Now, I knit English with a few weird nuances, like keeping my right thumb against the needle when I “throw”… Would you like to see me knitting something? You would?! How about this:
Lovely! Now, I normally knit a bit faster and more fluidly when my hands aren’t around a tripod and reaching into a lightbox… 😀
I’d love to learn to knit continental. The fact is, I do know how to knit like that, but my left hand is so bad at keeping tension that it just seems useless to keep going at it. I get my projects done quickly enough without the extra efficiency of continental, so I think I’ll just stay happy with this way, until I come up with something better.
How do you knit?