I think there are great knitters who use various styles and they get a lot accomplished. When making help videos, unless one has seen all that is out there, it does not mean that a knitting style is inherently lame. People knit on account “mom” or “grandma” taught me, and if they have passed away, it makes the knitter still feel “connected” so they know a bit of tradition to share how “we always knit”.
As it is I take my knitting with me wherever I know I have to sit and wait a bit: restaurants, doctor’s appointments, I’ve even knit in movie theaters LOL, my husband tells me, “leave your knitting in the car!!!”
At the doctor’s office, one woman kept watching me knit, and I could feel I was being watched so we kept locking eyes as I looked up and she did not have a happy face. “Are you a knitter too?” I asked, “Yes, but you are knitting all wrong.” "So I asked what style of knitting she did, didn’t have a name for it. Wasn’t sure which hand she held the yarn in. So I proceeded to change from English to Continental to knitting backwards in both and then in Combined. Never found the style she knit in, perhaps it is Portuguese which I did not know at the time, or Australian in which they hold the right needle like a pencil. So she asked if I was a knitting teacher, which I said “no”, “then why learn all those other styles?” I enjoy learning the history of the craft which means finding out how stitches are made I find interesting. (And how knitting can help keep Arthritis at bay – I’ve needed help in that department.)
“Good vs. bad” tends to be “if you knit like I do.” I’ve also tried Continental Combined knitting, and learned to pay attention to stitch mount as I really never paid that much attention before. The Eastern mounted stitch has the leading leg in back vs. the Western mounted which has the leading leg in front. When shuffling stitches around in doing cables, learning more about the stitch mount actually keeps cables looking good. So far in my experiments, all knitting styles can be used for just about anything. Continental style is more relaxed so it is good for my hands to learn not to grip the yarn and needles so tenaciously.
I think knitters are generally pretty smart, can figure out a written language of code even before computer language came along and even if the style may seem odd to others, the genius is that they have made countless beautiful things despite if they could have employed a few tweaks making it “more ergonomic”. When getting something done for Christmas is not the time to work on one’s skills set.
Knitters share wisdom which you don’t have to pay for and they share it no matter what their culture of language group.
And lots has been learned about knitting such as it releasing endorphins so if you have stiff fingers, it can loosen them up and the endorphins make you feel better, relaxed, content and it actually is good at making all pain less irksome. It gives the brain a workout too so it is good for people who wonder if their brain is slowing down.
Knitting is taught in public schools in Europe as it is found to help students apply their math skills, and the area the brain uses for the hands to knit, are good for motor skills of writing as well as being able to figure out how to put things together, i.e., problem solving.
It is all good. Group hug time.