I knit continental, BUT, could never make a consistant size pearl stitch. I absolutly hated to pearl because it was not perfect, like my knit stitches. Then I watched Amy's video, the one Knitqueen mentioned, under Basic Tech. I fell in love with her way of doing it. I sat with my laptap watching it over and over, with needles in hand, mimicking every movement. I love to purl now and even just tonight finished my first sock. All because now my pearls are consistant and fast!