I knit by the English or throwing method. I can knit with two colors using both hands. But knitting straight-forward Continental has always eluded me. I knit fairly slowly (although I’m informed that I’m not as slow as I think), and would like to speed things up a bit so I can get projects done more quickly, and of course Continental streamlines up the knitting movement process, which means knitting faster.
Peggy Stuart of Park City, Utah, learned to knit in Austria in the 1960′s. “Some friends were buying ski sweaters, and I saw the woman knitting this way. I asked her to teach me, bought yarn and needles, and I was off! I think it’s faster. I know it is for ribbing and other patterns where you have to move the yarn to the front or the back to take the next stitch, because that happens in a continuation of the movement made to take the stitch. It also comes in handy when working with two colors…”
Peggy put up a continental tutorial on her Flickr account for some friends, and has now graciously allowed me to put them all onto one page for you.
I’m hoping that this method of knitting Continental is going to do it for me. When I next have a simple project like a scarf to work with, I’ll give it a go.
Click on the photos below if you’d like a larger version.
If you have a chance, check out Peggy’s blog at KnitPicks! And thanks very much to Peggy for letting me use her tutorial!