Last week I talked about how my current knitting style has me on the fast track to hook hands. Seeing as I am addicted to knitting, this is something I need to fix. This week, let's talk about my first phase in re-learning how to knit properly: research.
I want to give my hand a rest for a few months before I get back into knitting. While I rest, I've been pouring over videos like this one, comparing English Style versus Continental Style to see what would be best for me. As I said last post, I knit in a semi-Continental style. I would love to return to Continental, but I fear I might slide back into old habits and start cocking my finger back and forth.
“Jose brought up the blueprints for a new ranch house. I have this strange feeling that the blueprints and the knitting instructions got switched. I may be knitting a ranch house!” - Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
I'm leaning toward learning English Style for a few reasons. My grandmother knits in the English style, so I could easily have her teach me the ins and outs of that method. By knowing both English and Continental, I am in a great advantage when doing Fair Isle knitting. As it is right now, when I do any color work, I end up in a tangle that I need to work out every few rows. The only thing that irks me with the English (or Throwing method) is that purling looks awkward. I'm also a little concerned about the smoothness of switching between knit and purl in a row.
I'm still nto fully decided, and probably won't be until I actually start easing into knitting again. Do any of you knit in two styles or ended-up switching styles later on? I'd love to hear your thoughts on the two styles and your opinions on the purl predicament that comes with both styles.