Re-learning to

I taught myself to knit a few years ago and recently discovered I have been knitting the wrong way all these years! :noway:
So now I am extra paranoid that the few things I have knitted in the past will fall apart in the washing machine! :oo:
To try to keep it short, lets just that when I knitted, my stitches were not twisted like they are suppose to be.( I was knitting through the back loop,half,of the stitch on my needle).
So today, I am trying to learn the correct way to knit. I use to knit continental style but I am having a very hard time completing a stitch with that method now so I am going to try another method to see if that helps.
Does this even sound logical or should I just give away my knitting needles and stick to crochet? :???:
Thanks for any advice,tips and all feedback!

I knit “English” or “throw” style and can get it done pretty quickly. You can try whichever method you’re most comfortable with. There is no correct way.

If you were knitting through the wrong leg of the loop, it just twists the stitch–nothing will fall apart, so you don’t have to worry about that.

Watch the videos, take your time, and it will come.

You can still continue to wrap the stitches the same, way, just knit or purl into the leg closest to the tip of the needle and the sts won’t be twisted. Or you can try english style with the needle in your R hand.

All knitting through the back loop does IS twist the stitch. It’s often done intentionally as a decorative stitch and sometimes it’s done to tighten a stitch. As long as the stitch is removed properly the knitting won’t fall apart. There is a method called ‘combination knitting’ that some people do in which you knit through the back loop (ktbl) and you untwist the knit on the other side by wrapping the purl under instead of over.

It’s good to know the standard method of knitting though, it makes following patterns easier. It doesn’t matter one bit whether you continental or English. They both work and both can be fast. It’s also handy to know.

Thanks! I have been watching the videos here trying to follow along. My tension seems to be a problem also. Is there a video here for that too? Maybe I over looked it.

There is a method called ‘combination knitting’ that some people do in which you knit through the back loop (ktbl) and you untwist the knit on the other side by wrapping the purl under instead of over.

You’ve got the cart before the horse a little… the backward purl wrap is the reason they have to tbl to keep them untwisted. Many of them run into trouble when they learn to knit and try to knit through the front loop, not realizing they wrap the yarn the other way on the purls.

learning to knit is harder for me than I thought it would be!
But I will learn the correct way once it registers with my brain! :lol:
Maybe I will try to find an easy pattern to learn with.
I was making dishclothes but couldn’t figure out how to make an eyelet now that I am knitting correctly.

An eyelet is a yo and a dec which can be either k2tog or ssk. The yo is just a wrap around the needle and doesn’t include knitting a stitch.

I got stuck when it came to which way to wrap the yarn. When I wrap as if I was going to knit the correct way, I ended up with a very large hole, not a small one like before.

Are you talking about the YO? To YO on the knit side you bring the yarn forward between the needles. Then you’ll put back over the right needle and knit the next stitch normally. It’s supposed to leave a hole or eyelet.

To purl you wrap the yarn over the top of the needle from the right and around.

Here’s a little more help. Sometimes it’s easier to look at a few different explanations and then it will click. The first link has a good picture.

I recently learned to knit. I almost gave up as the lady who showed me only showed me how to make the stitch. She didn’t mention anything about how to hold the yarn. I practiced for hours ready to give up before I realized maybe if I hold the yarn and the stitches both it might be better. I did that and it seemed to help. I finally stumbled upon this site and learned how to hold the yarn so that securing my stitch with fingers was no longer necessary.
Then I had another problem. I was taught like you, to knit through the back loop. I didn’t want a problem with patterns so I then learned to knit English at first. I had a heck of a time because the cast on method I was shown by my friend worked well with knit tbl but not with English style. I finally reviewed the videos and learned the long tail cast on and that seemed to hold the cast on stitches tightly enough to knit English style. Now I learned Continental Style as well and several kinds of methods to purl. I am so glad I didn’t give up. I also learned that different methods for me work better for different patterns and different yarn. Eg. I found Norwegian purling works well with wool and especially with mercerized wool but it is terrible when working with cotton yarn. I also like to do English Style on a row when I am using a cable needle as I can manipulate the needles easier. Don’t give up. Try maybe knitting a pair of simple slippers with cheap acrylic yarn or wool. I did several pairs of these practicing the various stitches. This is a simple pattern. A lot of people seem to like it. The slippers knit up fast and there is nothing fancy to fool with. Perfect for practice and you get comfortable slippers as a result

Thanks for the links! I will have to check them out when I get off work today.
While learning the correct way to knit I am finding I am most comfortable with the English method. But I do plan on eventually learning more than 1 way to knit.
Thanks for all the help!!!

I won’t be bugging you guys as much anymore for awhile. I found this on you tube and have come to the conclusion that I just need to start completely over as if I have never knitted before.Maybe this way I won’t be so lost and confused!

Is this link a sticky yet? I wish I would have found it sooner. Lol

All the knitting help videos can be found on the Free Videos link at the top of the page. They’re broken down into cast ons, knit, purl, decreases, increases, tips (which has a lot of useful information) Advanced techniques and the Glossary which has many terms you find in patterns and most have a video some of which may not be on the other pagers.

I finally got it!!! :woot:
I can only do the knit stich right now using both, continental and english, methods. Working on my tension now. Thanks again for all the help,patience and advice.

Yay, progress!