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27 march, 2007

Day 2 in my serial mini Gansey swatch.  Today I began knitting the pattern motifs for the body, worked the first half of the underarm gussets -- the second half is worked with the sleeves -- and finished the back.  Day 1 here.

I'm also knitting this mini sweater Continental style.  The knit stitch is no problem, but I'm having a hard time finding the rhythm with the purl.  I've tried wrapping it both ways and see pros and cons to both, but think in the end I'll be a Combined Continental Knitter

Yarn: Cascade 220 Heather
Needles: US 7 for body
Source: Sample Gansey from Knitting Ganseys by Beth Brown-Reinsel.
Techniques: Combination Knitting

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Purl takes a bit to get used to so that you're not dropping the yarn. I think I tend to sort of "rotate" my index finger rather than just going straight down, but it's hard to tell what I do differently now than when I was first attempting it. All I know is that now it works, when before it didn't.

Posted by: Andrea | Mar 28, 2007 7:19:42 AM

I watched the tutorial and instead of holding the yarn above the right needle and coming under it from bottom to top to take the stitch off the left needle try holding the yarn below the purl stitch so when the right needle comes in to the stitch on the left needle you will be "digging" the yarn from top to bottom and use an upward motion with your right hand when taking the old stitch off the left needle--I seem to get a good rhythym that way

Posted by: Melissa | Mar 28, 2007 8:53:46 AM

That mini-gansey is looking so cute -- it's such a clever idea to do the mini-version, too!

Posted by: Sarah | Mar 28, 2007 8:55:31 AM

I went to Annie's site, read the description and thought: that's how I purl. I thought that was how all continental knitters purled. How do they purl? And is this why I have so little trouble keeping my knit and purl tensions even? My mom, who taught me to knit, always said that her way (taught her by her mom, who was taught by a neighbor in the early 1930s) was considered by most knitters to be weird. Oh, well.

I like your little Gansey. I bought a used copy of the book at amazon yesterday. I like that style sweater. I have Gladys Thompson's book, and I just love all the different regional motifs.

Posted by: Brenda | Mar 28, 2007 9:16:26 AM

I learned to knit from someone who did English style and somehow ended up being a Continental knitter without thinking about it. Anyhow, I used to purl by kind of using my thumb to toggle the yarn to wrap itself to pull back through but then I saw Annie on Knitty Gritty. Now I too purl Combined Continental. I found I liked it because I could now purl almost as fast as I knit.

Posted by: Celtic Queen | Mar 28, 2007 3:03:55 PM

Always fascinating to hear how people knit. I myself hold my yarn in my left hand and my stitches sit in the western orientation. However, I've never had any trouble purling -- not in the execution or the result. I attribute this to having taught myself and not knowing purls were suppose to be more difficult than knit stitches! ;)

The little gansey is very cute, and I love the heathered blue color.

Posted by: Laura | Mar 28, 2007 6:17:30 PM

For those of you, who like myself, prefer to knit Continetal style but have struggled with purling and have looked for an alternative method, the so called Combined Continental Method is a good choice and it is brilliantly described, illustrated and explained by Anna Zilboorg in her book, "Knitting For Anarchists" in chapter 2.

Actually, this chapter is worth reading regardless of which way you knit. If I was teaching an intermediate knitting class, I would make it compulsory reading.

Keith in Vancouver, Canada

Posted by: Keith | Mar 28, 2007 7:06:25 PM

No one could teach me how to knit because I'm left handed/ ambidextrous. I finally learned from pictures which, of course, I interpreted in my own 6 year old way.
I was happy to switch to continental and I'm just waiting to get enough brain space to try combination. I love how they're all "right".

Posted by: Angie | Mar 28, 2007 9:59:28 PM

I used to throw for years, and then I went half way--the knits only in continental because I couldn't do the purl thing. This You Tube was a TREMENDOUS HELP to me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuRLFl36tDY

(The purling method I saw on the link you provided was one I had tried previously (I think...!), and I believe it is the same method that results in purls put the wrong way on the needle.)

I was just practicing the continental purl thing last night, for a good two hours. I am focusing on ultra efficiency, without excessive twisting of wrists or bending of the throwing finger. I discovered that I need to swing that right needle up and make it do more work, and the throwing finger does less than you think. I am 95% there on the rhythm, and I am so glad to be making the full switch! Thermal, here I come!

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