Knitting is a simple technique of looping a strand of yarn around two needles. But that doesn’t mean that there is only one way to do it. While many knitters knit in the English style, holding the yarn in their right hand, Continental knitting is a popular alternative that’s widely praised for being the more efficient method.
Also known as German knitting, the method fell out of favor during World War II along with German Shephards and anything else associated with the enemy. But it is now re-emerging as the preferred method for knitters both professional and amateur. Holding yarn in the left hand and picking the yarn forward with the needle results in fewer hand motions per stitch, and allows for faster knitting.
This Saturday, Deb Marvin will be teaching Learn Continental Knitting at Hill Country Weavers from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The class is perfect both for seasoned knitters looking to try something new and those who have never held a needle. In fact, many crocheters find Continental knitting easier to learn because of the similar style of holding the yarn.
Marvin will cover knits, purls, and yarnovers using a variety of patterns ranging in difficulty. Students can choose to make either a market bag or a few washcloths. For the washcloth, they’ll need to bring 90-125 yards of cotton or cotton blend yarn for each cloth, with a gauge of 4.5-5.5 stitches per inch, along with the needles specified. The market bag will require 200 yards of DK or worsted weight cotton, along with two skeins of Cotton Classic in contrasting colors. Four split ring stitch markers and size US 9 circular needles either 16 or 24 inches long are also needed to complete the bag.
Call the store at (512) 707-7396 to reserve your space for this $40 class today.