Uncontinental Knitting: Efficient and Pleasurable Knitting with the Right Hand
Sunday, November 3, 2019
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tips & Techniques
Many knitters feel that the Continental style of knitting is the most efficient and comfortable method available, but many of us, for a variety of reasons, prefer to knit with the right hand. The best knitting method for you is the one that you find most pleasurable, causes the least discomfort, and achieves your desired results. Many knitters think that knitting with the right hand means that you must pick up and drop the yarn for every stitch, but this is decidedly not the case. As a confirmed right-hand knitter, I feel that I have maximum control, dexterity, and speed using my right hand, and I’d like to help you achieve this as well. This class will demonstrate how to knit comfortably and efficiently with the right hand, focusing on knit and purl, but also taking into account how the right hand method is used for cabling, colorwork, and other pattern styles. We will practice tensioning the yarn in the hand so that the yarn is never dropped between stitches, discuss the use of helper fingers, and work on keeping a constant supply of stitches at the needle tip. Whether you are looking to improve your knitting style, to learn to knit with both hands for stranded colorwork, or simply to add a new method to your repertoire, this class will have something to offer you.
Technique Requirements: Knit/purl; cast on/bind off; increase/decrease
Begin a swatch using smooth, worsted weight yarn and size 7 circular needles (or size of needles to get a fabric you like) as follows: Cast on 26 sts and work 4 rows in garter stitch. Leave yarn attached and swatch on the needles and bring to class. Please do not use textured, novelty, or difficult-to-use yarn.
Supplies for Class:
Please bring your swatch made from smooth worsted-weight yarn in a light to medium color with corresponding needle size (Suggested size: US 7; a circular needle is recommended for this style of knitting but if you prefer straight needles you may bring them as well). Please do not use textured, novelty, or difficult-to-use yarn.
Materials Fee (to Be Paid Directly to the Teacher):