OK - how do you Yanks actually KNIT ...?

Having watched one of this site’s videos for help with long-tail CO, I realise that if how she knits is how you all do, it’s no wonder one of the respondents to a thread I’m in didn’t know what I meant when I said I crochet like single-needle-knitting!
I’m gen-yoo-winely interested to learn if this is the way Americans knit!
We who were taught a thousand years ago - probably in the English fashion, I would imagine - do it really differently!

I knit English style with the yarn in my right hand. Is that what you meant?

The two most common ways are Continental and “English”, or throwing.

With Continental, the yarn is held in the left hand, and the right needle slides through the loop and ‘grabs’ the yarn and pulls it through. Crocheters tend to prefer this style since they’re used to holding the yarn in the left hand.

The English, or throwing, method has the yarn in the right hand. The right needle is inserted into the loop, and the yarn is wrapped (or thrown if your fast, I imagine) around the right tip and pulled through. Usually the yarn is wrapped around the right hand in such a way that you don’t have to actually hold it between your fingertips, though that is how the whole process is taught.

Some people plant the left needle on their leg and work the right needle.

There are other methods out there, some unique to the individual, but all have the same results, thankfully.

I knit German style and I am Canadian and American. My former knitting friend who is American knits Combination.

I met a German lady who lives over here that knits English style.

My mom knits German style. Her mother knits English. HER mother knitted German style (her parents were Swiss/German.) Confused, yet? Lol


I don’t remember how my grandmother knitted. I just know she taught me to knit English style. This website taught me continental.

My great grandma taught my mom (I think.) I’m fairly certain she taught her how to hook, too.

I knit Continental but with my current project I’ve been doing Continental with one color and English with a second color. When I was learning I couldn’t get the hang of holding and throwing the yarn with my right hand and crochet-like Continental worked. I’ve heard Tunisian crochet called single needle knitting. Have you tried it yet? I learned it on a normal crochet hook.

N0obKnitter, your great grandma taught you to hook? :noway: I think you mean crochet? :mrgreen: In that case, I’ve spent a few hours hooking and have afghans to show for it.

I have been hooking for the past 30 years

My great grandma taught my MOTHER how to hook. Lol

I’m a hooker and I use needles. I’m bi-stitchual.

Such a proud family tradition. :slight_smile: Add Tunisian crochet and what does that make it? When one knits both ways at the same time what do you call it? Sometimes we’ll do just about anything for the yarn.

Now I got to thinking about it, I do [I]yank[/I] the yarn when I do German short rows.

It’s a wonder anyone lets us play with sharp, pointy objects!

What is German style? The terms German and American are so rarely used I can’t keep them straight.

I’m a former crocheter, but I prefer to knit English style with my working yarn in my right hand. I can knit continental as well and use both styles for fair isle.

Maybe Tunisian is the bi-stitchual’s hybrid?

German = Continental. The term Continental Is kind of a PC term/euphemism that started during world war 2…I think.

German = Continental. I read it was known as German knitting but fell out of favor around the time of WWII and was resurrected with a new name. Something like that. A rose by any other name … I believe American = English, go figger. It’s called that in at least some of knit freedom’s videos, I’ve come across it other places too.

Thanks, I’ll try to keep it straight. :teehee:

Great minds…

I tried for several YEARS to learn knitting. My girlfriend, who held herself out to me as “a knitter,” kept insisting that I learn the Long-Tailed Cast On. I didn’t know any better; I thought it was the only cast on. (The one day of my life I was able to spend alone with my grandmother who knew how to knit, she also had shown me this cast-on; I couldn’t learn it that day, either.)

I remembered from Grandma how to do the knit and purl stitches. (She had cast on for me and then shown me how to do the stitches themselves, which I remembered forever. But who’s going to cast on for you? And, of course, we never did get to cast off…)

So, when I was at a community-service group in April 2011 and saw one of the knitters doing something weird with yarn and a needle, I watched from behind for a moment. I said, “Are you…casting on?” “Sure,” she said, “anything that gets loops on the needle works just fine.”

It was probably like the lightning that struck Saul of Tarses. I had her show me what she was doing–Backwards Loop, it was–and by the time of the May meeting, had learned how to knit.

I will do anything in my power to avoid using the Long-Tailed Cast-On for a project. I’ve learned several others by now and find the LTCO a PITA (PITB?), so Backwards Loop, Knitted-On, German Twisted (= Old Norwegian), Cable, and a couple of others will have to do for now.

D*mned thing cost me [B]decades[/B] of knitting time.

I love thumb cast-on (as I call it) for bridging gusset type holes. :smiley:

When I was attending knitting guild I dabbled in several cast on methods. I’ve since reverted back to long-tail for casting on. It’s my fave.

DCM…German cast on is just as difficult as LT if not more. But, once you get the hang of it they can both be fast and give a nice edge. Unlike backwards loop. I would never teach that to anyone. :zombie:

Wow! - look what happened while I was asleep!
What a fascinating thread this is: I thank you all.
Back to the beginning: yes, I use the yarn wrapped around the fingers of my right hand, so it’s definitely English. Hardly surprising: when I was growing up, everything Australian was English, basically. I don’t recall the point at which we suddenly did a quantum leap and abandoned that with which we’d been raised, and became Yankophiles, copying everything you guys do.
Particularly interested in DogCatMom’s abhorrence of long-tail CO. One of the reasons it took me so long to get going on my monstrous beautiful project is that I kept trying it, and kept NOT achieving a sensible length of wool to be woven in, eventually, as the end. “About a foot for every 20 stitches”, the video says: bllsht. (See how thoughtful I am of others’ sensibilities?) I tried a foot and a half, a foot and a quarter, a foot and three-quarters, two feet … made no diff.: I NEVER ended up with a leftover end of a practical length. Which is why I said a couple of nasty things about it and returned to my normal style of CO.
I doubt I wind the wool correctly around my fingers, for using anything with a metallic thread is impossible, as it twists beyond belief. But, as with the spastic way I crochet, I’ve decided I’m far too old to change, and it works, anyway.