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Continental Style Knitting 101 Video Tutorial

In this video, I knit 3 different swatches so you can see how I knit in continental style using the garter stitch, stockinette stitch and rib stitch {The squishiest of them all!}.

How I Knit Continental Style

I’ve gotten several emails over the years asking me if I have a video on “How I Knit” or “My Knitting Style.” Although I have hundreds of video tutorials, I don’t have one breaking down how I knit. I never really thought of “my style” being anything special. However, I love watching other people knit and am in awe of how unique everyone’s style is, so I guess my style is unique too. :)

Try Different Techniques to Find Your Style

I learned how to knit watching several different YouTube videos. I couldn’t find one style that felt 100% comfortable, so I created my own style. Which is how I think it works. We watch someone knit and then we tweak it until it feels comfortable to us. Everyone has their own unique style of knitting and I’m obsessed with watching other people knit. I’m amazed that we’re so unique in our styles, yet we achieve the same results. :)

Become a Master

I’ve heard from several sources that it takes 10,000 hours to become a master. So, if you’re an artist you need to paint 10,000 hours before you’re considered a master… I think the same rule applies to knitting. I believe it takes 10,000 hours of knitting to become a master. If you knit for 2 hours a day, it will take you about 14 years to become a master. Give yourself some grace and patience when finding your style… it takes time and that’s natural.

Video recommendation… Robin Sharma shares a short story about Picasso, it’s only about a minute long and it starts at 1:03. You don’t have to watch the whole video, but I highly recommend taking 1 minute to the Picasso story. It touched my heart.

Watch the Picasso Mastery Story on YouTube here.

Muscle Memory

Once you’ve been knitting for awhile, you start developing some muscle memory. I consistently use my index finger for tension and middle finger for guidance, over time my muscles memorized the motions. Once you learn muscle memory in your first 2 fingers, you can start incorporating your other fingers to help too. I use my pinky finger to scooch the stitches around so I don’t have to think about it anymore, it’s automatic.

Tweaking, Time & Patience

So, there you have it, my style of knitting and a few tips to help you find your style.

  • 1. Watch lots of YouTube videos of other people knitting, try them all and tweak the ones you like until if feels natural to you.
  • 2. Take your time.
  • 3. Be patient with yourself. You’re on a journey with many destinations. There’s so much to learn about knitting, it’s one of the many things I love about knitting.

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