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28 May 2010 @ 01:22 pm
How to hold your yarn .....  
Hi Everyone,
I have another question if you have time to respond. I signed up in my local knit shop for a lesson and the teacher told me that I should learn to hold my yarn at the top of my needles with my two fingers (thumb and index)holding the yarn as I knit.(Im right handed) She said this gives my work a more uniform look and I will have more control of my yarn. Im practicing, but I was just wondering if this is what most knitters do, or do you just do what is comfortable and be sure to pull some to make your stitches a bit tighter?
Just curious here what others do?
Current Mood: curiouscurious
K.N. Senko: gromitluinel on May 29th, 2010 06:16 am (UTC)
Especially with the English method, it does not depend how you hold your yarn: you're going to be picking it up every stitch and adjusting the tension accordingly. The Continental method, however, does depend on holding the yarn a certain way. I was taught English and have gradually transitioned to Continental over the past two years. (I've been knitting for fourteen or fifteen years now.)

In my opinion, there is no right or wrong way to hold your yarn when you're knitting with the English method. It depends on who teaches you or what you're comfortable with, and it's important to be comfortable when knitting. You need to be focusing on your tension more than how to hold the yarn, and most of the people that i see knitting don't hold it at all if they aren't wrapping with it. Just because it's bothering your instructor doesn't seem to be a good enough of a reason to me, but then i'm rather stubborn. It might help ensure that you're not making yarn overs, but i doubt it.