A technique called speed knitting enables you to knit projects more quickly and efficiently using the continental fashion. An experienced knitting teacher shows you how in this free video on knitting and quilting.
Hello, everyone. My name is Earamichia Brown, also known as "Encyclopedia" on the online community. Today, I'm going to show you how to knit speed knitting. Now, there are a few things that you can do to help increase your speed. For starters, you can, of course, pick patterns that are very simple to do. Another thing that you can do is choose projects that require a thicker or chunkier yarn, because it'll ensure that you'll finish your project a lot faster. Or, you can choose to knit in the circular, and whereby you would have tubular knitting, so you can knit your sleeves, your sweaters and more, in a tubular circular fashion. And, that's another way to do it. However, continental knitting is a much more efficient way of knitting, because you're holding the yarn in a left hand, and there's less movement there, and you're actually picking your stitches, versus throwing them. So, here are a few techniques to help to increase your speed with continental knitting. You would take your knitting needle with your stitches on them, and you'd proceed to hold them in your left hand. Now, you want to ensure that your index finger is as close to the top as possible. The next thing that you would do is proceed to drape the yarn around your index finger. And then, I tend to wrap the yarn behind my index finger, and then I will hold it right there. Now, one of the things that is very important to remember is that when you are knitting continental and trying to increase your speed, you're trying to minimize the range of motions that your hand makes. So, you want to ensure that your index finger is as close to the tip as possible, and that you don't have your finger up in the air, because it tends to cause strain on the rest of your hand. So, you want to make sure that your stitch movements are close to the needle. Your left thumb is going to be the means in which you use to push your stitches up the needle. And then, as you has your right needle, your right index finger will be close to the edge, and then your left thumb - excuse me, your right thumb will be the one that you use to regulate and hold the stitches are you're moving them. So, now that we know some quick techniques, let's take a look. And, these are a few of the techniques that you can use to help speed up your knitting. Thank you very much for joining me today. My name is Earamichia Brown. If you have any questions, you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.