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Nanceann
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Posted - 04/17/2007 :  12:02:27 PM  Show Profile Send Nanceann a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Do Lefties find 'picking', rather than 'throwing' an easier method?

Rho
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Posted - 04/17/2007 :  1:54:34 PM  Show Profile  Visit Rho's Homepage Send Rho a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I don't know about lefties but I find picking easier and I am a righty.....in fact I can't figure out how to throw

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purlthis
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Posted - 04/17/2007 :  5:48:42 PM  Show Profile  Visit purlthis's Homepage Send purlthis a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Meeeeeeeeeeeeeee too, Rho! I tried to throw out of boredom on a flight over the summer. Had to rip it out...Wonky tension.

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purlthis
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Posted - 04/17/2007 :  5:50:21 PM  Show Profile  Visit purlthis's Homepage Send purlthis a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Meeeeeeeeeeeeeee too, Rho! I tried to throw out of boredom on a flight over the summer. Had to rip it out...Wonky tension.

Rachel
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Antigone
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Posted - 04/18/2007 :  09:39:57 AM  Show Profile Send Antigone a Private Message  Reply with Quote
um, I'd be glad to share but I don't know the differance.

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yarnyamy
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Posted - 04/18/2007 :  12:33:55 PM  Show Profile  Visit yarnyamy's Homepage Send yarnyamy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I may be some sort of left-handed freak for saying this, but I find picking to be HARDER, not easier, than throwing. I can't do it to save my life.

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carolbeech
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Posted - 04/19/2007 :  07:11:41 AM  Show Profile  Visit carolbeech's Homepage Send carolbeech a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I found it easier, but then I'd crocheted as a child so I was used to holding the yarn in my left. Really, anyone can learn any method with enough practice. Connie

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Jane
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Posted - 04/19/2007 :  08:51:52 AM  Show Profile  Visit Jane's Homepage Send Jane a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm left-handed, and I don't throw or pick -- I knit lever-style, which looks a lot like I'm knitting continental, only I hold the yarn in my right hand. It's so much faster than throwing.

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GiselleC
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Posted - 04/19/2007 :  08:55:51 AM  Show Profile  Visit GiselleC's Homepage Send GiselleC a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by carolbeech

I found it easier, but then I'd crocheted as a child so I was used to holding the yarn in my left. Really, anyone can learn any method with enough practice.


I'm a right-handed continental knitter. I had crocheted sporadically as a child and I think that my lizard brain retained this when I took up knitting years later. I've made the occasional attempt to learn English knitting but laziness wins every time. I really should pick up stranded knitting--that might be a motivator.
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roofth
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Posted - 04/19/2007 :  11:21:33 AM  Show Profile  Visit roofth's Homepage  Send roofth a Yahoo! Message Send roofth a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by jcc28

I'm left-handed, and I don't throw or pick -- I knit lever-style, which looks a lot like I'm knitting continental, only I hold the yarn in my right hand. It's so much faster than throwing.



Jane, I may be incorrect in saying this, but I have heard some refer to the "lever-style" of throwing as "flicking". (A right-handed version of "picking").

Ruth

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lella
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Posted - 07/08/2007 :  10:22:04 PM  Show Profile Send lella a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Ruth, it actually has a name? You have made me very happy.

My motto is, "Knit anyway you like, and be happy that you haven't managed to poke your eye out."

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nearly wrong
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Posted - 07/26/2007 :  8:40:35 PM  Show Profile Send nearly wrong a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have no idea what you'd call what I'm doing but it works so I'm not changing. It might not look terribly elegant but it all comes out fine so I don't worry. No one should ever watch me cast-on however; it's truly scary. Children cry when they watch me cast on. Even the left-handed ones.
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sooterl@msn.com
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Posted - 07/27/2007 :  5:05:11 PM  Show Profile Send sooterl@msn.com a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I was a thrower for years and never could seem to get the hang of continental style. After an accident damaged the nerves in my right index finger I found that I could knit for only short periods of time. Last fall someone taught me to pick using the combination method. It was awkward at first but then I simply dove into a project and forced myself to pick through the whole project. Now it comes very naturally and it is SO much easier on my hands.

Lana
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Texas Granny
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Posted - 12/27/2007 :  5:40:00 PM  Show Profile Send Texas Granny a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm a righty who picks. I always have. My Norwegian grandmother who taught me crocheted a lot and held her yarn the same way for both crafts. Lately I've run across references that call picking "left-handed knitting." I find it much easier than throwing. It's also faster and gives you better tension control. However, when I'm doing a Fair Isle or Shetland pattern with multiple colors I combine picking and throwing. I'm also a knitting instructor and I teach my righies and lefties exactly the same way. Works fine.

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Lynne_L
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Posted - 01/03/2008 :  10:50:19 AM  Show Profile Send Lynne_L a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm a lefty but my grammy taught me how to throw. Now I'm challenging my fear of color-work and learning how to pick. Picking is harder for me because I'm used to compensating for my left-handed-ness in throwing by extra motion in my left hand. This gets in the way when picking. I think picking involves a more intricate motion on the part of the right hand, also. It's harder for the left to help out. That's my $0.02.

Lynne
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msgb
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Posted - 02/21/2008 :  08:42:55 AM  Show Profile Send msgb a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I do most everything left handed except write. I was taught to write right handed. I knit leftie and I pick. It is hard for me to grasp the idea behind throwing the yarn. I have tried to teach others how to knit but because I do not throw the yarn and I am a leftie people just get confused.
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sydo
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Posted - 02/22/2008 :  05:02:48 AM  Show Profile  Send sydo a Yahoo! Message Send sydo a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I agree with Lynn. I too am a leftie learning to pick after years of "flicking." I am finding that my left hand is less active when picking, although I am still at the practice stage with the knit stitch and have not made it to the purl stitch yet. (What an exercise for the fingers and brain that stitch is!)

I am trying to give myself an alternative dependable method of knitting, as I notice that the joints on my right index finger and middle finger are enlarged. I am sure the day will come when I will have to switch for comfort, so I want to be ready. It ain't easy.

Sydo
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cableready
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Posted - 02/22/2008 :  07:45:41 AM  Show Profile Send cableready a Private Message  Reply with Quote
It is nice yo have options. I usually knit left-handed (mirrored) English style, but I also can knit left-handed (mirrored) Continental. This comes in handy for Fair Isle knitting.

Pamela
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Luann
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Posted - 02/22/2008 :  08:51:21 AM  Show Profile  Visit Luann's Homepage Send Luann a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I pick, but not the way you are "supposed" to. I don't keep the yarn tensioned and I put it over the needle each and every time. It works for me, my gauge is always spot on, and I go pretty fast. I thought I was the only one until I found Wendy Johnson's blog - (wendyknits.org) - she's a lefty too, though she knits from the left needle on to the right and I knit from the right onto the left. I'm no where near as fast or as accomplished as she, however!

Luann

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Wen
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Posted - 02/22/2008 :  3:14:49 PM  Show Profile  Visit Wen's Homepage Send Wen a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I learnt RH first so I throw RH and pick LH, that way I'm tensioning the wool on my RH always whichever direction I am going.

Wen

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