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How to Knit: European Method


In this free knitting tutorial from Emi Harrington, you will learn how to tackle the European method for both the knit and purl stitch.  The European method, also known as the Continental Method, is a great technique to have in your knitting repertoire.  It might be a little tricky to master at first, but once you practice, this method is bound to increase your knitting speed.  Why will it make you knit faster?  In this method, because you hold the yarn in your left hand instead of your right, you have to make less movements in order to create a knit or purl stitch.  This means you'll be able to create the same stitches you have been previously (knit and purl) using much faster and more subtle movements.


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Jul 23, 2014

I do not know which way is right is the "right" way or "wrong" way, the "continental" way, or "European", or "conventional" way of knitting; as I am still beginning. I have been having some trouble with getting my work to be straight also, I believe it had to be with my tension. I noticed that when I started knitting this way it forced me to keep the tension on my yarn even, and it feels as if once I get used to it, it will be faster as well. I believe that if it feels right to a person, there should not be any right or wrong way to do something. Nobody criticizes you on which foot you start walking with, do they? Is anybody going to refuse your gift of a scarf because you knit it backwards? Could you really even tell? I don't think so. Thank you for the tutorial, it really helped me, blessings to all!


Jun 10, 2014

This is the best demonstration of Continental knitting that I have ever seen. It is all about the stitches on the needle. They are on different legged from what you are used to. This means that when she knits into the back of the stitch it does not twist as it normally does. I had to get out my knitting to really see what she was doing, and try it. That cleared it up for me. Whether Continental knitting is faster than how I knit I don't think so as I hold my needles differently than anyone else I have seen.


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Jun 9, 2014

? This is not wrong. I know 2 European born knitters who knit into the back of the stitch just like this and one who knits into the front and an American who knits into the front. They all call their method continental. I guess it depends which continent you come from and how you go into the stitch which makes your way of continental knitting the right way - which determines your right to tell others their way is wrong :-) ! Both ways are right


Jun 7, 2014

The direction of the wind of wool when picking up new stitches makes the difference between knitting in the front or in the back of a stitch. I have found that I use this demonstrated directionality when knooking and I have found it is much faster than what is taught in the knooking directions. I am a lefty that knits right handed - and I look very awkward. I am yet to try this with regular knitting needles but I feel it may be much easier for me than how I currently knit.


Jan 24, 2012

Sorry Ladies, who have negative comments, but this is the correct way to knit Continental way. I just finished a baby cardigan with this method.It is pure PERFECTION


Jan 11, 2012

this is so wrong in so many ways! RH knitters DO NO knit in the back of the stitch as shown....NEVER. and the Continental I learned was done in the front too. this video is a disservice to those wishing to learn the Continental method correctly.


Jan 4, 2012

This is NOT European knitting! Another major error she made was calling the yarn in the right hand Conventional knitting. There is European and Continental, not conventional! Every knit stitch, whether European or Continental, is done through the front of the loop not the back. This video should be removed!


Jan 3, 2012

I am wondering if, in this method, the knit stitches are always knitted into the back? If so, if a pattern states to knit into the back of a stitch, how it would be different?


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