Holding the Yarn for Continental Knitting



There are many videos showing the Continental method to knit and purl, but they don’t usually give much attention to how the yarn is held. This video gives y…
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25 Comments/Reviews

  • Dave Burrows says:

    Very helpful…just what I needed to see at just the right time. Fifty
    years ago, I learned to knit from my grandfather, and he from his father
    when he was young. Like they, I was a proud fist wrapper. I removed my hand
    from the needle, fisted the yarn, and wrapped it around the needle with a
    big, energetic motion.

    About 20 years ago, I saw continental knitting for the first time. It
    looked efficient, but I thought I’d never be able to learn it. Two years
    later, I had learned. My tension had gone from fairly tight to very loose,
    and I was content. Yarn passed over the back of my little finger, under
    ring and middle, and over index which I hold close & with only a little
    movement except on purl sts when my left index finger pushes the yarn where
    I need it so I can complete the st.

    Somewhere I got the idea that if I wrap a k st counter-clockwise, I should
    wrap the p st the same way else I have to p from the back of the st. I
    found this way of using my hand to create tension wasn’t always as
    successful as other times, and found your video. Initial results, like
    anything new, are less in control, but I’ve just started a seed stitch
    sweater in fingering wt. yarn, so I have lots of practice time.

    I like your sensible approach to teaching, and your “this is a way” rather
    than “the way” style of the material.presentation. That really resonates
    with me. Now, I’m off to see what else I might learn from you, but before I
    do; thank you.

  • gaye glasspie says:

    I am going to try this..I swear my tension is all over the place when I
    knit continental style ughhh

  • Joanne B. says:

    Thank you for your teaching. I, like many others, wasn’t sure how to hold
    those needles 😉 I still can’t knit continental even though i’ve
    praticed. I can’t seem to get the hand of it. But, at least, now I know
    how to hold the yarn. Yeah ;)) Ty again.

  • knitwithjudy says:

    @spiritrst . Has it been four months since your nice comment? I appreciate
    it and will try to set up a few more videos, mostly in areas that I don’t
    think are well enough covered.

  • knitwithjudy says:

    Thank you all for taking the time to make a comment — and for what you
    said. It means so much to me that you found my little video helpful. I’m
    sure you will modify this hold to suit your particular needs, but at least
    it gives you a place to start. Have fun!

  • cheezymouseful says:

    i have been trying to figure out how to hold my yarn in my left hand. thank
    you soooo much!

  • Carolyne Coleman says:

    thank you thank you and thank you..i knit english and my knitting is just
    so slow..beautiful but slow..every vid i watched so far sped thru how the
    yarn is held thru the fingers and as soon as i saw the description of your
    video i clicked it and within seconds of wrapping the yarn as you did i
    said uh…finally..lickedy split..now im cooking along..i have short
    fingers and i have a bit of arthritis so my knuckles and joints are bit
    boney..this works for me thank you bunches

  • knitwithjudy says:

    I’m so happy you found my little video useful. And thanks so much for
    letting me know!

  • Donna Williams says:

    I liked the way you demonstrated how to hold the yarn it made it simple to
    follow! Thank you foe taking your time out to care!!!

  • MRB325 says:

    Thank you so much for this video. Holding the yarn for continental knitting
    has never been explained clearly enough until now. It is always the most
    obvious instruction that gets missed which could make all the difference to
    others trying to learn.

  • smurfmama says:

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! This was so helpful, and clear, and
    S-L-O-W enough for even me to understand. I want to echo several of the
    other comments made–Would you PLEASE consider making more Continental
    Knitting demo videos? I like your style, Judy! Please??!!

  • Nikhil Bhagwat says:

    This cleared my doubts. Would love to have continental style knitting
    explained by you. Thanks a ton.

  • anburd1 says:

    Excellent visual lesson in holding the yarn for continental knitting! I
    really liked the step by step description and the clarity of both visual
    and audio. Thank you.

  • Christie Logan says:

    I’ve been trying to teach myself the continental style but couldn’t get the
    yarn tight enough no matter how much I wrapped it around my finger. I tried
    a lot of different ways but this is PERFECT! Thank you so much.

  • Nicky Adkins says:

    This is exactly what I needed, thank you so much! Was struggling with
    continental as I just couldn’t get the tension right, so the yarn kept
    slipping off my index finger, but have just knitted my first couple of rows
    in this style without a problem. Thank you!

  • brownieblush says:

    This is really good!

  • Sue Mitchell says:

    Thank you so much! I have been struggling with knitting continental way as
    the yarn just wouldn’t stay put! I’m great at purling, find it so easy but
    knitting was hopeless. Now I can do both! Many thanks!

  • Similie says:

    I had picked up some bad habits over the years and never really knew the
    best way to tension the yarn. Thanks so much, Judy!

  • knitwithjudy says:

    @smurfmama . Thank you, thank you. I really made this video because I saw a
    gap in videos already on utube. They would say it was about continental
    knitting, but then just whip the yarn around their hand and proceed,
    leaving us all in the dark about the important step of tensioning the yarn
    around our hand. Check for other videos on the knitting itself because
    there are already some good ones. I’ll give it some thought, though. Thank
    you for your encouragement.

  • Donna Williams says:

    I met for not foe lol 🙂

  • mcrowell46 says:

    Loved your deliberate and well explained yarn holding technique- the best I
    have viewed so far. thank you

  • knitwithjudy says:

    @Ryles23 Thank you very much for your kind words. I made this video about
    holding the yarn because I didn’t see any others that addressed this
    subject well. There are several good videos, however, on making the
    stitches while holding the yarn continental style. Take a look at them to
    see what kind of movements will work best for you. The main thing is to
    keep tension in the yarn and don’t put your left index finger down on the
    needle.

  • Ryles23 says:

    Thank you, this was really helpful! 🙂 I think the worst part of doing this
    is that I get very impatient and angry with myself when I can’t do it
    quickly, but patience is the only key I suppose. Despite being English I
    find continental easier… I don’t know, feel like I have too much
    conciousness being right-handed I guess.

  • eelliiczek says:

    I can’t thank you enough for this video! I’ve started using this way of
    holding a yarn a few weeks ago and my knitting is so much faster now! A
    massive big THANK YOU!!!

  • vrgrrl says:

    WOW!!! I’m really impressed by this! I have seen many videos that have
    tried to explain knitting stitches but this is the best I’ve ever seen!
    MORE PLEASE! 🙂

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