Combined knitting question

Can you who knit by this method (wrap yarn the opposite way most of us do on the purl rows and knit into the back loop for the knit rows) answer a couple of questions I have about this method? I ask because I have read that this method helps some people even out their tension and I know the purl method is easier when done Continental this way. I would like to have knowledge of this to share with students if I need it.

Question…When it comes time to do decreases or increases or most anything beyond regular straight work, what kind of changes do you have to make? And 2nd question, do you know of a site that teaches the adjustments that must be made?

Thank you very much. :hug:

I don’t have a lot of trouble increasing and decreasing (k2tog or p2tog is really easy, of course.) You just have to remember to swap ssk and k2tog to get them to slant the way you want. Oh, and “knit through back loop” really means "twist the stitch the way I used to before I figured out the direction thing:teehee: ". It doesn’t make a lot of speed difference knitting flat and straight, but it does when you knit in the round.

Here is a link (in pdf format) for the adjustments that need to be made in combined knitting.

You could also check out for a good basic course
in combination knitting. What I generally do is when a pattern calls
for ssk I just k2tog but when it calls for a k2tog I reposition the
stitches on my left hand needle to be in the “regular” position and do the k2tog as one would normally do it in standard western style knitting. On increasing I don’t do anything different as there are so
many ways to do increases I usually just use whichever one looks
best with whatever I’m knitting. As far as I know, increasing generally
doesn’t require the special maneuvering that decreasing does but
I’m certainly no expert on the matter!

Libbie :slight_smile:

Thank you Becky, Deadringer, and Gargoylelib for your help. I’m going to do some experimenting and check out these sites you have mentioned as well.