VIDEO Tuesday Tutorial – Continental Knit Stitch

What can you knit? Here are a few of my favorite projects:

Felted knitted purse

Knitted poncho


As you already know, I am a visual learner. I first encountered the Continental Knitting Method in one of my favorite knitting books "Stitch and Bitch", the little pictures that were in the book just did not allow me to fully grasp the technique.  I took matters into my own hands and asked a good family friend, Sally, to teach me.

Note: if you don't know how to cast on…don't worry, I've got you covered. Go to my video tutorial on how to cast on!

If you don't have knitting needles and you want to learn to knit…don't worry, I've got you covered there too!  Check out this week's giveaway. Comment on any post this week for a chance to win a pair of size 8 knitting needles from me!

See the video after the jump!
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8 Responses to VIDEO Tuesday Tutorial – Continental Knit Stitch

  1. Bright Angel says:

    Thank you for another awesome knitting tutorial! Going to have to try it out later today!! 🙂

  2. Sunni says:

    Great! I might practice tonight!!

  3. elizabethdee says:

    Found you via CraftGossip and must thank you for this fantastic tutorial! I have been watching myself throw the yarn and thinking that I must do something about my obviously inefficient style and like magic, here you are. Your video and still photos are great, and I am sitting down with my needles to learn continental knitting right now.

  4. Melissa says:

    @ Elizabethdee – I hope this tutorial works for you and we are posting another for the purl stitch during the second week in April if I can get my act together to make the video. Good luck and let me know how this method works for you!

  5. WeLoveSewing says:

    I teach craft and sewing classes in the Philippines. I learnt to knit as a child in the UK the "throwing" way and then moved to Germany where everyone laughed at me! So I also learnt the continental way. It really is faster and less stressful on the hands and much easier if you use circular knitting needles (the ones with the plastic tubing in between the points). One advantage to being able to knit both ways , is that I can knit 2 colors at the same time: one color in my right hand (thrown) and one in my left hand (continental)! No one knits herein the Philippines and you can't get nice yarn but I have taught a few of my friends and would like to link to your blog so they can look it up in case they forget at home!

  6. Melissa says:

    @WeLoveSewing – We would love the link to our blog. This is part of a regular series, we have a video up on casting on and one on the purl stitch is coming next. Feel free to suggest other videos you think may be useful for teaching newbie knitters and I

  7. Kimberly R. says:

    I love your tutorial for the continental knit stitch and I hope to learn this way – I am a thrower and carpal tunnel issues are keeping me from enjoying my knitting. I am looking forward to the purl stitch tutorial, too!
    Thanks 🙂
    kimberlybreid at hotmail dot com

  8. Barbra says:

    I had a 15 year hiatus with knitting and when I re-started 6 years ago I couldn't believe people still 'threw' their yarn. Continental is so much more time efficient.

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