Continental Knitting | How to Knit Faster & Improve Tension

hi knitters it’s Nancy Queen from
NobleKnits what if I told you you could actually knit faster and have more even
tension I’m going to show you how to do that with continental knitting stay with
me it’s up next so if you’re knitting the traditional throw method you wrap it
around and you come out using the yarn in your right hand and you wrap it
around so there’s a lot of movement with this hand and moving this yarn so to
knit continental style you’re going to move it over to your left hand you’re
gonna bring it across from the back and some people wrap it around their pinky
some people wrap it around their finger what I tend to do when I’m knitting
Continental is I kind of weave it through my fingers like this and then I
control my yarn by just kind of slightly moving in and out to feed it see how
that’s feeding it and and so this is holding tight and then I lift my finger
to kind of control whether I’m knitting or purling my yarn so I’ll show you how
that’s done so it rather than the large movement that you make wrapping the yarn
around you’re going to be kind of picking the yarn through so you insert
into the next stitch and then you just kind of do a quick little pick of that
yarn so you’re still in essence wrapping it around but the needles doing all the
work rather than your finger or your hand
it’s just pick go in and pick so you’re just pulling up that yarn which is the
same thing as wrapping it around the needle and you can see how much quicker
that movement is as I’m knitting and you can also see how the yarn is being fed
through my fingers but the whole movement is so effortless
and give yourself some time to get used to this method but once you get the hang
of it it really is very quick easy relaxing way to knit so I’m going to try
to slow it down again so that you can see what I’m doing I’m going into the
stitch and I’m pulling that yarn through I’m just going to go pick it and you
kind of pull down and that’s how you’re wrapping the yarn around the needle I’m
going to exaggerate its seat so you pulling it down and again this yarn is just getting fed
easily through my fingers and you kind of you kind of have to play around with
it till you feel comfortable think of it like tying your shoes that was not a
comfortable thing when you started doing it but you get it down and now it’s
effortless you don’t even think twice about it
this is the same kind of thing now I use my second finger as kind of the so this
index finger maintains the tension of my yarn this second finger kind of controls
the yarn that’s on the needle so that’s kind of like my feeder finger see I I
feed it with my thumb and my next finger but there’s very little movement over
here and this hand is now doing all the work the the right hand is now doing all
of the work it’s it’s going in and doing all of the picking it’s a very nice
movement give it a try this is called continental knitting it’s also known as
left hand knitting and let me know how this method is working for you leave me
a comment below give me a thumbs up if you liked it thanks so much for watching


  1. Continental knitting is easy. Continental purling, not so much. Will you be doing a video on purling in the Continental method? Also, what yarn is that. I love it.!

  2. Nice video. Thank you! Agree with Sally’s comment about the purling. Would love to see a video on purling too. In meantime, will practice with the knit.

  3. Yes, please add a video on how to purl using the continental style — also, how to slip stitch and other stitches!

  4. Thank you mam, I will surely try this God bless you for sharing this awesome information. Love u. 👍😘😘😘❤

  5. I started knitting 6 years ago English style and I always had to stop because my hands and wrists would start to hurt so at the beginning of the year I decided that's it In just going for it. So I just started knitting washcloths to oractice and after the first 2 or 3 I got it down abd since switching I don't have any pain when knitting. Thank you so much for sharing this. I love your channel!

  6. Another great video…however, I am now confused. Are you holding the yarn in your left hand? In the other video you were feeding the yarn from your right hand and holding the needle with the stitches in the left hand. Should I use my left hand to hold the needle with the stitches or my right hand. Sorry, didn't know if it was the camera or my left-handed brain LOL

  7. Love continental knitting. The purl stitch is where my tension is a bit wonky. Norwegian purl helped a bit, but a bit more time consuming. I’d enjoy seeing your version of purl. Great video!

  8. I learnt both ways because my grand mother was french but my mother swedish. The continental purling the scandinavian way is complicated because one has to twist the needle in a funny way to catch the thread. I simplified the movement by bringing the thread on the front of the needle and grab the thread.

  9. Wow! I'm glad I found this video. You are very informative and helpful. It's made a great difference to the speed of my knitting. Thank you so much!

  10. I have been knitting this fast way, continental knitting, for over 70 years but I make even less of a movement. I hold the left needle like a crocheter would hold her work, that is with the hand on top of the needle and the yarn over my index finger and under the middle finger only. And my index finger is right at the point of the needle, not up in the air, so basically I "pinch" the needle between my index finger and thumb.

  11. Hi, thank you for the tutorial. Can you tell me what yarn your using? That is so pretty. I guess you would knit shawls out of that kind of yarn?

  12. The only time I've seen people "throwing" the yarn and letting go of the needle are the new novice knitters, but they soon gain the ability to knit properly

  13. Love this video! Do you have a video on continental purling? I find the continental knitting is doable for me with practice, but I've have a lit of difficulty with the continental purl stitch. Thanks for your help!

  14. Many thanks for the great video. I've been knitting continental for years but wrapping the yarn. My northern European friends (Finnish, Latvian, Estonian) knit this way but they knit too fast for me to catch on. Finally, I know what they were doing!

  15. Thank-you so much Nancy. It recently occurred to me that others use this faster (and different way) than I had been taught (English). I had been trying to knit faster with no real improvement with speed…and then I saw someone on a tutorial…But NEEDED your 'how-to' tutorial to understand it. Again, thank-you, this helps so much; already I can see the difference in just a few minutes of practice, you have no idea how happy this makes me, I am just smiling to myself with beginners excitement/accomplishment <3

  16. Wow! This is the first time it actually makes sense to me! Great tutorial! With more practice I think I will get this down. Thank you so much! #feelinginspiredtoknitagain 💕

  17. Is it easy or difficult to knit Continental style with two strands of yarn? It is not hard to do it in English style and I am wondering how is ii with left-hand knitting.

  18. I taught myself continental knitting two years ago, also soon after I started knitting using the throwing style, at first it was super loose gauge but I got stuck with it and love it. This method teaches the hands to distribute the workload, so one hand manoeuvres the working needle and another feeds it with the yarn, so each hand is important, none is left doing nothing, that way knitting becomes very relaxing and easy.

  19. I’ve been knitting since a young child. I stopped for many years upon discovering crocheting since it was faster. I then recently learned of this “new to me” method but couldn’t grasp it. You teach this method so well that I picked it up immediately! Thank you so much!

  20. I might be the only one who does this, but I stand up the right needle between my legs, and have been doing that since I was a child. I think it's going to be hard to try to knit without one of the needles being "anchored" but I am going to have to because I want to be able to knit with circular needles.

  21. Thank you for the insight on how to hold the yarn. Been practicing this method for a few days now and was struggling with yention in both the methods you mentioned but yours….yours works perfectly for me. Thanks!

  22. I have been practicing this method and am liking it! I have knitted since age 12 and enjoy it so much! About 2 years ago I started developing arthritis in my hands. It's very bad in my right thumb. I've had to cut way back on knitting. I'm hoping this method might be easier on my haGreat Great tutorial!

  23. Thank you, Nancy! Your tutorial is so direct and straightforward. I've been struggling with tension since I learned to knit. Your method works perfectly for me. Yay, I'm so excited! Also, thank you for referring how to use the thumb and finger to direct the yarn up the needle. For some reason, other tutorials neglect to mention how, in the world, we beginner knitters should accomplish this feat! Gosh, I really can't explain how much your video has helped me, thank you again!

  24. My grandmother taught me to knit English style about 13 years ago and I’ve only used English since, but now I think I might try Continental

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