Eastern European Knitting

There are many different ways of knitting which amazingly produce the same results.  People hold needles differently (some even like to hold long needles under their arms) and throw the yarn in a different way to produce stitches.  It usually depends on who taught you how to knit and where they came from (Europe, Asia, Africa, etc).  Sometimes newish knitters are intimidated when they see other knitting methods being used thinking that they are not doing it wright.  I comfort them by saying that if your knitting produces the good results (nothing is twisted for example) and you feel comfortable when knitting -there is no need to re-learn.  However, I still want to talk about Eastern European knitting and Continental knitting which are two of my favorite.

I, myself knit eastern European way for almost everything except for lace. I am often asked why my knitting method looks so easy and there are so little hand movements when I knit.

Today let’s talk about the advantages and disadvantages of Eastern European way of knitting.  The main differences are: the knit is done through the back loopand the purl is done with direct loop from the front.  Do not worry, I will be showing “how” in my little video attached.  The yarn is usually held on pointing finger and secured between pointing and middle finger.  This is the fastest way of knitting when it comes to Stockinette, any ribbings, any combos of knit and purls, fair isles and other pattern types where there are no “k 2 tog”, “ssk”, “yo” involved.  Of course, you can still knit lace patters with Eastern European method, but you would have to do it in reverse (where it says “k2tog” – do “ssk” instead and vice verse) – that is a disadvantage of my favorite knitting method.  I usually avoid the headache and if I need to do lace – I use Continental method.  It also applies to full Fashion decreases: if you knit Eastern European way – read pattern reversed: k2tog becomes ssk and ssk becomes k2tog.

And finally – there is a wonderfull way of binding off with Eastern Europien way: *knit 2 tog, put the stitch just produced from right needle back to the left needle*; repeat to the end. It produces a more flexible edge than when you pull one stitch over the other.

Do you want to practice with me? Prepare the yarn and needles, and watch my little video attached.


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