Well Lori… it just goes to show you that “different strokes for different folks”… is not just a saying…!!! That’s what I love about handwork… we all take different paths to get to what we want…and be creative on the way… afterall… the process can be creative as well… right… “rock on” girl… bj
Yes, that’s how I knitted for the first 3 years… then (age 12) I went to a friend’s mother to get some help.
The 13-year-old daughter came in and saw me sitting there with the one needle sticking up between my legs and…
“Oh, Mama!! LOOK at how she’s holding that!”
“Yes, Bonnie. Be quiet, honey.”
“But MAMA! LOOOK at it!!!”
I hadn’t the vaguest idea what was going on, but I decided I’d better teach myself to hold BOTH needles in BOTH hands.
Years later, I finally figured out why Bonnie got so freaked…
I am quite ambidextrous in a lot of ways. I tend to find (especially when after writing) my right hand hurts. As I tend to spend quite a lot of time jotting notes/writing. I thought I would save my right hand. So, when knitting I hold my right needle still with my right hand, and do the majority of my work with my left hand needle. I have picked up speed doing this work, it minimises my fingertips being on the knitting needle (when I first began knitting I wore holes in my fingertips from a second hand aluminium needle) and limits aching in my right hand.
I find the way I knit much more relaxing than the other way, and it saves my wrists as a lot of work is done with my shoulder as I move my entire arm to do this. It reminds me of how a sewing machine works when it catches the bobbin thread and makes a stitch. This method is really helpful when lying in bed/slouching on the sofa as I can rest my needle somewhere and just steady the base.
Hi Lori, I don’t hold my straights between my knees, but when using straights that are over 9", the right one always gets ‘anchored’ in the crease between my hip and my leg. If it’s not ‘anchored’ then I’ll constantly drop it.
(it’s only on long straights, though)
But, we’re all different, and as long as it works for you, then it’s completely fine.
Oh how I wish I had seen this waaaay back when I hurt my wrist in a fall at work. Imagine the horror of not being able to knit for 3 months! When I started to heal some, I actually stuck the needle down into my cast because my fingers had no grip and I was desperate to knit… even if it was just a scarf. I’m told it was very humorous to watch!
I knit almost the same way. I rest the needle on my thigh and knit away. I’m self conscious about the way I hold my needles thinking I was the only one. Knowing there are others out there like me is a comfort. Annie Modesitt has a great book called Confessions of a Knitting Heretic and she talks about her unique knitting style. As long as you get the need results that you want it’s all good. I use circular a lot so I won’t feel like I am an odd ball with my style of knitting. Knit on and more power to ya.
That’s how I knit!! I thought I was the only one. I just don’t have the dexterity in my left hand to hold the needle and the yarn at the same time. I’ve tried combination knitting with a little more success but I still go back to this style. It’s comfortable for me. We rock!
I didn’t realize I was doing something similar until I saw your video. I often find myself bracing the end of the left needle against my body or the top of my thigh when I having trouble controlling things.
I love all the responses!
So I realize now that these long straight needles are very heavy and with me not being very coordinated, it was time to try some circular needles.
I just received my new needles from KnitPicks and they are wonderful. They are nickel plated and smooth and sharp. I got 47" cables too.
Working with the circulars already seems easier to handle although I’m still a little awkward.
There’s a knitting meetup Friday so maybe someone there can put my hands on the needles the “right” way (even though we’ve proved there is no right way!). :teehee:
A few more scarves and I’ll be ready to do two socks at once! :roflhard:
Does anyone else call the complicated stitch that keeps dodging the needle naughty/nasty names? I have recently been trying to do a double decrease for this pattern, I realised my knitting is always very tight when I am on my small metal needles. Therefore it is too tight to easily get two stitches passed over another. Those stitches have DEFINATELY changed their name from the original ‘slipped stitches to pass over’.
On another note, talking/complimenting/rewarding the part of your work that is behaving itself makes it continue to behave itself! Hehe! The proof is in the action!
Anyone else talk to their stitches?
That is exactly how I knit.I feel so uncordinated hold both in the air.
He he he:)
This is too funny, I just posted a thread on bracing the left needle with my thigh (I should have read this thread first!!)
I think that is a neat way to do it, as it is awkward with that left needle! I also notice you slide your work up the left needle the same way I do, neat!