I was delighted to find this BB, and this is my first post.
I recently took up knitting again after 15 years. I learned to knit from my mother, who learned to knit from her mother, who was born in Hungary.
Understandably my grandmother and mother used the Continental method. My mother taught it to me – with a twist, literally. She insisted that she had invented a new method of purling that was faster than any other method. But it resulted in a twisted stitch that had to be knitted from behind. Since she mostly used stockinette stitch (though she made patterns of many colors) she didn’t care about the twisted stitches. And boy could she knit fast!
Of course, since knitting has been around for millennia, my mother didn’t actually invent this method, she just re-invented it. It is described on Amy’s home page as “combination knitting”. I’ve been knitting this way since I was a child and I am comfortable with most patterns that use combinations of knits and purls, even though some stitches end up twisted and others do not. I adjust automatically.
But now I would like to start learning more complicated patterns like lace, involving directions to twist stitches in various ways. So I finally get to my question. Is there any way to knit lace, etc., in combination knitting without untwisting stitches one by one before knitting them? In other words, how do you “knit behind” in a stitch that is already twisted, so that you would ordinarily knit it from behind?
I have experimented and found that a “knit behind” in a regular stitch twists in the opposite direction from a “knit in front” in a twisted stitch. This can’t be good, if there are already regular and twisted stitches in the same row. And I really don’t want to be bothered untwisting my stitches one by one.
I have looked at dozens of knitting books (although I know there are hundreds) and searched the web. The most I was able to find was the fact that patterns have to be “adapted”. But I couldn’t find out HOW the patterns are supposed to be adapted.
I would be happy with an answer that just directed me to a written resource – as long as it is either in print or available in my library or inter-library loan network. It’s possible that the answer is: bite the bullet and learn the regular continental purl.
I apologize for the length of this post. Any help would be greatly appreciated.