Tuesday, November 23, 2010
How to knit combination style
But unlike Continental knitters, I purl using the Eastern purl technique. Annie Modesitt offers a nice tutorial about Eastern purling, which allows you to quickly purl by scooping up yarn held with your left hand in the front of your work. This marriage between Continental knitting and Eastern purling is aptly called Combination knitting. I have made a very homespun (that's a nice word for it!) video showing my technique.
If my video doesn't do it for you, check out Annie Modesitt's video. Her hand movements look different from mine; it looks like she still throws her knit stitches and I do not.
The bottom line is that there isn't a right way to knit and purl. Whatever works for you is the right way to knit. So experiment. That's how I came to my particular knitting techniques. I looked for the smallest movements possible to make knit and purl stitches and adapted my technique accordingly. I encourage you to do the same. And as always, practice, practice, practice. In both knitting and in life, it makes all the difference.