Knitting & Crocheting All-in-One For Dummies
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When you knit Continental-style (as opposed to English-style), you hold both the yarn and the needle with the stitches in your left hand. Both methods give you the same results. The important goals are to use the method that's most comfortable for you and that the stitches look even.

The trick to Continental knitting is keeping the yarn slightly taut.

Wind the yarn around your left pinkie and over your left forefinger.

Wind the yarn around your left pinkie and over your left forefinger.

Your left forefinger should be close to the tip of the LH needle, and the yarn between the needle and your forefinger should be a bit taut.

Insert the RH needle through the stitch on the LH needle.

Insert the RH needle through the stitch on the LH needle.

Make the insertion from left to right and front to back.

Swivel the tip of the RH needle to the right and under the yarn strand, scooping up the yarn from your left forefinger.

Swivel the tip of the RH needle to the right and under the yarn strand, scooping up the yarn from your left forefinger.

Envision the needle as a chopstick with a cup on the end that you scoop into the stitch in order to pull up the yarn.

Pull the yarn through the loop, slide the old loop off the LH needle, and let it drop.

Pull the yarn through the loop, slide the old loop off the LH needle, and let it drop.

You’ve completed the stitch!

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Pam Allen is a knitwear designer and founder of Quince & Co. Shannon Okey is an author and knitwear designer. Find her at knitgrrl.com. Tracy Barr has been an editor, editorial manager, writer, and consultant on several Dummies books. Marlaina "Marly" Bird hosts her own YouTube channel, where she instructs viewers on knitting and crochet. Susan Brittain is a knitwear pattern designer and writer. Karen Manthey edits crochet diagrams for numerous books, magazines, yarn companies, and designers. Manthey was an editor at All American Crafts for 20 years.

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