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How to Knit in the Round Left-Handed aka Continental Style

Learn how to knit in the round left-handed, aka Continental style, from circular knitting expert Jessica Kaufman in this Howcast video.


Now I'll show you how to knit in the round if you are a continental knitter or a left-handed knitter. Now this has nothing to do with your actual handedness. You can write with a pen or a pencil with your right hand and be a left-handed knitter or you can be a left-hander and hold the needle in your right hand. It really just is a matter of which hand is more comfortable holding the yarn.

I grew up as a right-handed knitter, but because I like to do a lot of color work, for strained and fair isle colored work you have to hold one color in each hand so I taught myself to be a continental knitter. When I'm knitting something in just one color I use my dominant hand which is my right. I'll now show you how to knit in the round if you are a left-handed knitter or if you knit continental. Another work for this is picking because when you stick your needle into the stitch you pick the yarn off of your left index finger as opposed to throwing.

When you hold the yarn in your right hand you throw the yarn around the right hand needle. So there's really nothing different that you need to know about knitting in the round versus knitting flat if you're a left-handed knitter. You'll still be doing everything the same. You'll be working stitches from the left hand needle to the right hand needle one at a time doing whatever stitch your pattern calls for. So this is just a plain stocking up example in the round and you'll notice I'm a lot slower of a knitter with my left hand, that's a-okay.

I am just knitting stitches one at a time from the left hand needle to the right, holding the yarn in my left hand. I'll just tell you how I like to tension the yarn whether I'm holding it in my right hand or my left, what I do is I stick my index finger under the yarn and I hold it with these two fingers. So index under, pinkie and ring finger tensions and then I use my thumb and my middle finger to hold the needles in place.

So whether I am throwing with my right hand or picking with my left hand my index finger is under the yarn and I'm trapping the yarn against the work with my other fingers. So that is how you can knit in the round if you're a continental or a left-handed knitter.

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