im a crocheter who has been learning to knit from the videos on this site. im trying to learn continental style because i can hold the yarn the way i usually do.
doing the knit stitches was fine adn everything was ok until i looked at purls. this seems common as i see lots of people asking for help with this.
as a crocheter first i find hooks more comfortable, and after a while i thoght that managing the workin yarn in the purl stitch (where you have to push it down) would eb easier with a crochet hook. so i grabbed one of my hooks and tried it. inserting the hook from right to left purlwise, in frong fo the working yarn. then i rotated it to the right and in front of the working yarn which wrapps the yarn anticlockwise around the hook in the same way as the video. all this time my hook is facing away form me so at this point the working yarn sits in the throat of the hook. i then just pull the hook through which grabs the working yarn with out any extra effort on my part.
im now finding purls so easy that i keep doing them instead of knits in my stockinette practise piece.
to me its just natural movements, probably because i could crochet first and i cant imagine doing it any other way now. i fond when i need to passa slipped stitch over as in decreases or a knit stitch in bind off that having a hook makes it easy as before with needles i kept dropping a stitch.
pickup and knit is made easy for me too as with needles i was using a crochet hook anyways and then slipping the stitch onto the needle after i picked it up.
now im looking to buy sets of tunisian crochet hooks to use instead of knitting needles. knitting with these no longer hurts my hands and the motion is fluid and just flows easily.
the only problem i have is i wanted to try kntting socks but that would need double pointed crochet hooks or circular ones. you can get both but not in a small enough size for sock yarn - the smallestdoublepointed hook i found was 4mm and the smallest cable was 3.5mm
is there naything ive overlooked before i give up on needles?