Sunday, August 5, 2012

Status Update: Continental Knitting

I'm on vacation! Feels like it took forever to get here, but I'm finally free to relax and start taking care of some of the things that have been piling up. (Literally--my house really needs cleaning!)

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

Ankle sock

Miranda hat

Miranda hat

The scarf I initially practiced continental on (since frogged)
That's WAY more than I would have been able to do before. Not only am I knitting faster, but it's so effortless! I'm a big fan of efficiency, and I just wasn't happy with feeling like every. single. stitch. was  a big effort.

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.


  1. Wow, that's a lot of projects! No wonder you got so good at it so fast!

  2. Hahaha, and since I posted this, I've knitted about half of the red hat! This is thanks to you, btw. I wouldn't have followed through on learning continental if you hadn't encouraged me.

  3. So maybe that's the reason I never got into knitting; I was always doing it the slow way! Have to look into continental, I know I have some yarn hiding around here somewhere!

    1. You should totally give it a go! It's so much more fun to go fast.