You might recall that last week I decided to take some time off my knitting projects so that I could learn to knit continental. I figured it'd take a couple weeks for it to feel natural, then more time to really get an even tension. But I'm thrilled to report that it only took a few days!
Here's what I've made already:
|Miranda Hat: just waiting for my size-4 DPNs |
to arrive so I can do the decreases
|The scarf I initially practiced continental on (since frogged)|
Like I mentioned before, I used the Knit Freedom continental knitting course. I'd give it five stars. The videos were high-quality, and she answered all the questions that my super-detailed little brain had come up with, like:
- how to wind the yarn around your hand so it can still slide when you need it to
- how far away from the needle to hold your index finger (answer: not as far as you think)
- what shape your hand should make, so you always know you're doing it right
- how to move the stitches along the needles as you work, so you don't have to stop so often
And of course, how to do all the stitches themselves. It still took a while to feel comfortable, but at least I was able to practice without second-guessing the method.
(BTW, if you're somewhat new to knitting, I'd actually recommend Knit Freedom's Knitting Superstar course. It includes the continental knitting course for free.)
So ... yay for fast knitting! Once I knock these hats and socks out, I'm going to start my big fall projects. More on those later.