I have suddenly become unhappy with how slowly and how undignifiedly (can’t think of a more suitable word, so had to use this made up one), I knit. I wonder if it has something to do with my being left handed and having to control the yarn with my right hand. Although, this is a bit of a weak excuse as I use a knife and fork right handed, play golf and cricket right handed, but I do write, use chopsticks, play tennis and crochet left handed. Anyway, the reasons are irrelevant, but the feeling of dissatisfaction is annoying.
Last Saturday afternoon I decided to teach myself to knit in the continental style. To hold and control the yarn with my left hand. I downloaded a great video demonstration from YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuRLFl36tDY) and watched it a couple of times before making my first attempt. I must have watched it another 20 or more times while I got the hang of it, but eventually I seemed to have at least mastered what I was supposed to do.
On Sunday I knit a garter stitch square using my new style and although the tension wasn’t great at the beginning, by the end it was looking pretty even. On Monday I started knitting a cardigan (swing style with a K12P6 rib pattern) using my new method and I must say it is looking very even.
I can see that it is going to be much faster, although it is probably at the stage where it is on a par with how fast I was knitting using the throw style, previously. It is kind of like changing to tea with no sugar, I am still not quite used to it, but there is no way I could go back. The method feels really comfortable for me and I’m so glad I made the effort to learn.