Purling Continental

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KimPossible's picture
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Purling Continental

Ok, so remember how i posted about knitting continental style a while ago? Well, I started a new project that as a lot of St Stitch and Idecided that it was time to learn to Purl Continental as well.

First, I want to say that I think Knitting Continental was way easier to get a hang of than Purling. The motion was fluid and easy...but when i tried purling I really had a hard time getting it down to a smooth motion. Now that I'm about 1/3rd through the project its getting better but the way I'm holing the yarn stll seems to cramp my hand. I need to move my index finger down, pushing the yarn down with it in order to slide the stitch through and the old one off, and when I do that i think I tighten the rest of my figners up that are holding onto the needle.

I was a bit disappointed because when I leanred knitting continental it was like "Holy cow this is so fast and I love it!" But this purling thing didnt' quite meet my expectations. Lol The slight cramping/discomfort is enough to make me shy away from using continental standardly.

I just want to know, am I doing something wrong? Or could those of you who already know continental see how i might feel this way. Is there anyhing I can do to make it better?

mandi04's picture
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I knit continental and purling stinks for me too :-? I think I'm doing it right, I'm doing it exactly like the video on knittinghelp.com says you should, it's just not as 'easy' as the knit stitch

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I have to use my index finger to move the yarn when I purl continental, too. It's second nature to me now, though. It doesn't hurt.

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For me, purling is as fast as knitting when I get into a rhythm. I think you just need to put in some more time. Have you looked at knittinghelp.com? I heard that she has a couple of ways to hold the yarn.

Janel

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I am a continental knitter (learned how to knit in November), and I've been a crocheter since I was 12, and I didn't like how I was taught to hold the yarn using the continental method, so I taught myself to hold it like I would if I were crocheting. It allows you to get really tight stitches, if you're knitting something tightly, or to pull more out (but still keep it controlled). I took two pictures to show how I hold the yarn with my left hand, and photobucket is being *special* so I can't resize them, sorry. But here's how I hold it (and it makes it fast!):


I can do a video on my digital camera when DH gets home, if you are interested in seeing how I do it (my camera doesn't record noise Fool ) . Anyway, I think the best way to learn is to see from someone else, and explaining doesn't always make a ton of sense when it comes to knitting. Maybe you already hold it the same way, or maybe my way won't be best, but I think trying different methods is a great idea. Biggrin
btw- I do not claim to be a professional, or even "great" at that, but I go by how people say my work turns out. I'm proud to have figured it out so quickly! Biggrin

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Hey Amanda,

thanks for the pics. I do hold it differently right now. I wrap it once around my pinkie and then over the top of my index finger. It feels good when I'm knitting, but not when I'm purling. Maybe I'll give your way a shot.

I wouldn't mind seeing the video if you decide to put one together too. I checked out one on knittinghelp.com and also used my stitch n' ***** book. Both were enough for me to understand how to do it, but not enough for me to figure out how to do it the best for me. So I wouldn't mind seeing more Biggrin

Its actually a lot better since i posted that message, so maybe i do just need to practice...who knows!

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"KimPossible" wrote:

Hey Amanda,

thanks for the pics. I do hold it differently right now. I wrap it once around my pinkie and then over the top of my index finger. It feels good when I'm knitting, but not when I'm purling. Maybe I'll give your way a shot.

I wouldn't mind seeing the video if you decide to put one together too. I checked out one on knittinghelp.com and also used my stitch n' ***** book. Both were enough for me to understand how to do it, but not enough for me to figure out how to do it the best for me. So I wouldn't mind seeing more Biggrin

Its actually a lot better since i posted that message, so maybe i do just need to practice...who knows!

sorry for taking so long to get back to this... but I bet you having it actually wrapped around the pinky is what is making it uncomfortable. That gets WAY too tight for me!

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"mommyof1.5" wrote:

sorry for taking so long to get back to this... but I bet you having it actually wrapped around the pinky is what is making it uncomfortable. That gets WAY too tight for me!

I tried doing it the way you demonstrated, but it caused my yarn to be too lax sometimes, thus making my stitches way too loose. If i tried hard to keep the tension at a good place, then it didn't happen, but i foudn that to be difficult. So i went back to doing it wrapped around my pinky.

I found if its wrapped around the higher part of pinky, instead of the base, it wasn't as tight. That helped. Plus I wasnt' letting my right hand/needle do enough of the work (moving and sliding), and I was still making my hand holding the yarn do a lot of the work (wrapping), you know, ala english style.

I guess in the end it was just a matter of me getting used to it! I still find myself being a little tense, or having to work with the yarn waaaay close to the tip of my needles, but its no where near as bad as when I first posted this!

Thanks for the help!
Kim

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I taught myself how to knit backwards, so there's no more purling for me. Also, no need to turn your work.