How To Knit (and Purl) Continental

I guess about mid-summer (which feels like forever ago!), I mentioned to all of you that I was going on vacation and bringing a new knitting project along with me.  I also let it slip that I’d be knitting this project, a sweater, continental, and I could not believe how many people spoke up!  Apparently there are a lot more of you out there than I thought that are not familiar with this style of knitting!

So, below you will find a tutorial for knitting and purling continental.

How To Knit (and Purl) Continental from Nikki McGonigal on Vimeo.

And, for those of you curious as to why all of a sudden in my knitting career I would decide to switch to an entirely new method, there are two reasons.  One, it is faster, and with two kids to chase after, finding time to knit is difficult.  The more productive I can be in those few precious minutes, the better! And two, this method forces you to knit looser, which I need to do.  I tend to have tight, stressful little stitches (does this say something about me???) and need to loosen up a bit!!

Give it a try!  It will take you a little while to get used to it.  But trust me.  With some practice, you’ll love it, and you’ll never throw your yarn again!!


Nikki, In Stitches

FYI: My sweater is still not finished.  Christmas projects have taken priority!  Maybe I’ll be able to show it off next fall??

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6 Responses to How To Knit (and Purl) Continental

  1. Marie says:

    Love the video! You explain everything so well and make it look so easy.

  2. Chris says:

    Nice video….Good job.

  3. StarSpry says:

    Thanks for sharing this video! I’ve been meaning to learn this method…maybe I’ll try it for my next project 🙂

  4. Annmaree says:

    Looking good!

    I actually have a Video tutorial on my blog from a hop we had a few days ago:

    enjoy 😉

  5. sabine says:

    i’m holding the jarn differently- two times around the forefinger, than along the front of the hand and to the back between ring finger and little finger. For me it was very interesting to see the traditional style, cause living in Germany I only know how to knit continental.

  6. Sarah says:

    I have been trying to learn how to knit all winter, and can never get the hang of the throw method. It just feels so awkward to have the yarn and the needle in my right hand, maybe its because I am used to holding the yarn in my left hand because I crochet.
    Thanks for explaining the continental method! It makes me eager to pick up my needles again and try to knit something.

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