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The “correct” way to knit

Despite the challenging weather conditions and interesting transport situation our lovely volunteers and Yarn Doctors battled through to help crafters at the Knitting and Stitching Show in London last week.

They report that quite a few visitors asked what the correct way to knit is and some even said that they had been told they do it wrong.

In fact, there are lots of variations on how to knit depending on how you hold your needles, the type of needles you use, how you move or tension your yarn, etc and here is the important thing NO ONE WAY IS MORE CORRECT THAN ANY OTHER.

knitting styles

It all depends on how you learned and what is right for your hands or your body. While one person might be most comfortable using long straight needles tucked under their armpits another will be better off using the continental method and circular needles even when working in rows. Yet another may find it easiest to tension the yarn by hanging it round their neck – something that looks strange to most knitters who learn in the UK.

If you are wondering if you knit correctly, think about two things: Do you like the knitting you produce and do you feel relaxed and comfortable when you do it?

If you don’t like the knitting you produce, you might need help with a particular technique or advice on your tension – it doesn’t necessarily mean you are fundamentally making your stitches in a wrong way.

If you are not feeling comfortable when you knit, it may be a good idea to experiment with different knitting styles or with different types of needles.

In both cases our Yarn Doctors may be able to offer some advice or tips about good technique if you talk to them at a show but they will never tell you that one way of knitting will suit everyone or is automatically better.

We are all different and so are our knitting styles, as well as all the lovely knitting we create.

2 thoughts on “The “correct” way to knit”

  1. I was taught to knit using 12inch needles tucked under my arms. It has only been in the past few years that I learned how to use circular needles and shorter needles. It now depends on what I’m making. I also learned the continental knit stitch, but cannot get my head around the continental purl


    1. I use the continental stitch for garter (plain) stitch too, it is much faster, and of course if you are using circular needles, it is plain knitting all the time to produce stocking stitch! I abandoned the continental purl stitch too, but I find this is to my advantage, as I like working with more than one colour, fair isle or stripes for example, and as opposing fore fingers are used to carry the wools I can have a ball at either side of me, avoiding tangles, and the need to put down one ball to pick up the other!

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