5 Different Knitting Styles to Take for a Spin

If you stop and think about it, it’s pretty incredible how many ways there are to knit. Hold your yarn in your right hand, hold it in your left, wrap it around your neck, tension your yarn around your finger, tension with a guide, knit left handed —the list goes on and on.

If your style is working for you, by all means stick with it. But sometimes it’s fun to switch things up!

1. English

The defining feature of knitting English style (also called ‘throwing’) is that you hold the yarn in your right hand, and wrap it around the needle. The movement can be subtle or deliberate, and there are endless variations in how that yarn is held in your right hand.

Learn how to knit English style in our class Startup Library: Knitting.

2. Continental

Continental knitting (also called ‘picking’) has a reputation for being fast. The yarn is held in your left hand, and once you get used to this style you really don’t need to move the yarn at all. Just scoop it with your needle and carry on!

Learn how to knit Continental style in our class Knit Faster With Continental Knitting.

3. Portuguese

This style of knitting is a real attention getter — you wrap the yarn around your neck to tension, and then just flick the working yarn with your thumb to make stitches. Purl stitches are actually faster with this style, so it’s great for working stockinette in the round on the wrong side.

Learn how to knit Portuguese style in our class Knit Faster With Portuguese Knitting.

4. Combination Knitting

If you’re looking for ways to make your Continental knitting even faster, try combination knitting. The purl stitches are wrapped the other way, to be more efficient, which means your knit stitches are worked through the back loop.

Learn how to knit Combination style in our class Knit Faster With Combination Knitting.

5. Left-Handed Knitting

While most of the knitting world is geared towards right-handed folks, that doesn’t mean lefties have to fall in line. Learn how to reverse the basic principles of knitting, and let your left hand take the lead.

Learn how to knit left-handed in our class Left-Handed Knitting.

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One Response to “5 Different Knitting Styles to Take for a Spin”

  1. Avneet Oberoi

    I absolutely loved this article on knitting. I love the art of knitting and it is wonderful that you share your precious wisdom with us. If you wish to expand and teach other enthusiasts the skill of knitting, I suggest you checkout our skills exchange platform Kool Stories. Thank you so much for the insightful article :)