Does anyone else do this?

Hold your left needle between your legs and do all the knitting with your right hand?
I can knit pretty fast and have made many scarves :shrug: but I never noticed the difference until my first time knitting in public.
My left hand is just soooo uncoordinated! I can’t hold the yarn and the needle at the same time.
Anyone else have this problem?

Nope, can’t say I’ve ever seen anyone knit like that before. But whatever works for you! Would love to see you in action though! LOL

Hi, Lori! :waving:

Wanda, you’re a trip!!! :roflhard: I think we’d all like to see you in action, Lori! That’s awesome!

And you’re not so far off as you might think. The old-time Aran knitters worked on very long needles (they called them “pins”) and they had this little “holder” thingy that tied around their waists with a little wooden (sometimes carved) holder attached where they’d anchor one end of a needle to hold it steady while they knitted with the other one. It’s pretty fascinating!

So you’re actually following a long-time tradition! But if you want to develop a style that’s more “portable” for knitting in public, you could maybe try the English “throwing” method where the yarn is in your right hand, or bite the bullet and practice enough to get comfortable with the continental. When I first switched from English style to continental I was ALL THUMBS! It was so awkward, but I persisted and now I LOVE continental!

Either way, knitting is YOUR art form and you should do what works for you! :thumbsup:

Good luck and happy knitting!

Ruthie :knitting:

I’ve not seen that, but when I lived in the UK, esp up in Scotland, I saw ladies that had a long needle they held under their arm (like in your armpit) and then knit with it. Sounds much like what you describe! Hey – whatever works!

Actually yes-- a few years ago, I broke my ring finger on my left hand, and I couldn’t hold my needle right (and no-I wasn’t going to let a little thing like a broken finger keep me from knitting! :slight_smile: ) So I would do that sitting on the couch. I’d put the left needle between my knees to knit. Now that my finger’s healed, though, I don’t do that any more.

I did something similar. I am self taught and had trouble holding both needles out away from my body. I’ve since switched to circulars exclusively and find that more comfortable for my wrists.

You think that’s weird, I used to hold my needle under my gut, until I switched to circulars lol.

Okay… I took a video. Let’s see if you can see it.


[COLOR=“DarkOrchid”]Hi Lori,
I’m so glad you did the video. Now I can see exactly what it is that you are doing… It’s fabulous!:woohoo:
I mean, honestly, it’s fabulous and it makes perfect sense. I should be doing it that way since I’m always dropping a needle from one hand or the other. Your lefthand needle looks so steady that way… it reminds me of a person spinning yarn.
As for not doing it it public… well, you should… What a great way to get others interested in knitting so they can all become addicts like the rest of us. :teehee:
I think a beginner would have a better time of it if they were taught this way instead of the usual way (which for me was the English method).
I think it’s a marvelous way to get tension and therefore gauge.
I would not worry about what others say… this is your style and I think it’s quite unique…
You’re not weird… you’re unique… and ‘unique’ is a style that everyone wants to copy.
Don’t hide your head under a bushel, dear!
:knitting: [/COLOR]

Thank you Tema… you are AWESOME!!!

I agree - unique is the word. I don’t think it looks that funny and it certainly works for you so I wouldn’t worry about what others may think. Thanks for the video!

some hold the right needle in the crook of the underarm, and some use a sheath…
with the sheath --a sort of harness/belt worn on the waist the harnes hold an LONG metal ‘straw’ (think of hollow drinking straw)
the straw is flexible
the needle goes into straw, and is held by straw. (the hands steady it, as does the knitting!

you can look up knitting sheaths, (aka scots style knitting)

you are not alone… Whole countries knit like you!

Look at that! Thanks everyone!

I couldn’t figure out what to do with the left needle when I tried continental. Looks like a good way to knit!!

I did exactly that as well, hold the needle between the legs, when my arm got tired from holding the needle, and I found it quite easy to knit that way.

Since I switched to circular needles, I can’t do that anymore, but I like circulars better than straights.

And I think you can knit in public with your method. Everyone knits in his/her own way.
Being different always draws attention, but it’s not always negative.

Thanks for posting the video. It sure works for you (you make it appear effortless and keep a nice steady flow going, it was interesting to watch.) If we all knitted exactly the same way, the world of knitting would be a much duller place. Did someone teach you that method or did you come up with it on your own? Keep up the good work.

I too am quite an irregular knitter. I have scoliosis which causes my right shoulder to roll forwards, but I am also VERY right handed. I knit with the yarn in my right hand, casting over the right needle. (can’t do continental to save my life, although it would certainly have saved my shoulder!)
So my right shoulder was getting extremely stressed with all the actions it was performing. I finally had to prop my right elbow up and keep my right forearm very still, and ask my wrists and hands to do the work. Saved my shoulder.

OK, at first I really couldn’t picture how you were doing this, but now that I see it, it totally makes sense–actually probably wsould’ve helped me when I was learning…would definitely help my son if he ever picks up his needles again…

I throw the yarn with my right hand, but basically do a variation on your method: I anchor the right needle so it is easier to let go of when I wrap the yarn with my right hand. The left needle does the vast majority of the movement. Knitting with circular needles has an added challenge to me, and dpns are really difficult.