Continental Knitting: Learn to Knit Like the Pros

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Continental knitting is basically knitting in reverse. Watch the videos for step-by-step instructions.

Continental knitting is the process of knitting with the yarn in your left hand, as opposed to the right hand.

Because continental knitting cuts down on the actual number of hand motions you have to do it is often preferred by people who knit a lot or do so professionally. It is certainly more efficient, but fell out of favor during WW1 and WW2 since it was also knows as German knitting.

Learn Continental Knitting

Continental knitting is very easy to learn for those with some experience with crotchet methods since the motion is similar. In continental knitting the right wrist is employed to slip the right needle into the stitch and the scoop the yarn onto the right needle.

The needle in the right hand can be held a little like a pencil grip, which can be a bit of a transition from both English knitting and crochet. These days most people will hold both needles under the palm instead.

Continental knitting will take a little getting used to, but it is much faster and more efficient than the right handed or english method once you get the hang of it. You will still do the same stitches, knits and purls, it’s just that the location of the yarn and how you pick up the yarn on the right needle has changed.

It actually requires less hand motion overall, making for faster knitting with less movement.

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I'm a crafty kind of blogger that enjoys knitting, sewing and other fiber arts. So far, I've tried my hand at knitting, crocheting, sewing, and weaving on a loom. And, I'm looking forward to many more projects and discovering new ideas. This site is a way to share knitting instructions so that we can learn more from each other. Thanks for reading!


  1. Ellen says:

    I learned to knit continental style. I never obtain stitches that are even enough. Recently I saw articles about wrapping the yarn around your neck to better control tension. If you do this do you have to knit “backwards”?
    Or can you use this method with regular continental knitting?

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