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The Continental method is a method of knitting primarily associated with European countries. What differentiates the Continental Method from the English Method is that the working yarn is held in the left hand. Now, how you hold the yarn is up to you, but one method is to loop the yarn over the pinky and then over the remaining fingers, as shown:

Continental Method Hand Position

Of course, in the end, you must simply find a way that allows you to control the working yarn easily while maintaining even Gauge.

The Knit StitchEdit

The Knit stitch begins by holding the working yarn behind the needles.

Continental Method Knit Step 1 Insert the right needle from front to back into the loop on the left needle.
Continental Method Knit Step 2 Then, wrap the yarn around the right needle counter-clockwise. This can be done by wrapping with the left finger, as shown, or "picking" the strand with the right needle.
Continental Method Knit Step 3 Now, draw the yarn toward you through the stitch. Feel free to use your left index finger to hold the strand.
Continental Method Knit Step 4 Then, slip the stitch off the left needle and tighten the newly formed stitch with your index finger.

The Purl StitchEdit

The Purl stitch beings by holding the working yarn in front of the needles.

Continental Method Purl Step 1 Insert the right needle from back to front through the stitch on the left needle:
Continental Method Purl Step 2

Now, wrap the yarn counter-clockwise around the right needle as shown. Use your right index finger to keep the yarn taut,

Continental Method Purl Step 3 Now, draw the yarn through the loop away from you:
Continental Method Purl Step 4 And then slide the stitch off the left needle and tighten the new stitch with your index finger.

Advantages/DisadvantagesEdit

As compared to the English method, the Continental method is generally considered faster once mastered, as it requires less hand movement. In addition, since this method requires more work with the left-hand, hand strain is more evenly distributed. If a person has experience with crochet, he/she may prefer the Continental method as the movements are similar to those used in crochet.

The downside is that it can be more difficult to control the working yarn, thus your Gauge may be uneven. In addition, this method may be difficult for beginners to master, particularly if they are strong right-handers, as it requires some amount of dexterity with the left hand.

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