I Finally Get Two-Handed Knitting!

16 Jan

Two-Handed Fair Isle Knitting. I looked at that for a while and constantly thought, “We already knit with two hands, what’s the big deal?” Well, after hearing this technique over, and over, I decided to get the scoop and this is what I found online:

NOW IT MAKES SENSE! I use both hands to carry the yarn when making stitches! This technique really should be renamed “Two-handed stitch making.” Doesn’t really have a good ring to it, but more clear than the commonly used term.

And of course, once I see something I don’t know how to do, I have to investigate how I can make it happen. I’ve written about left and right handed knitting methods before; but this is different because it requires both types at once. My ambidextrous self was super excited to see this in action.

One of my favorite right-handed knitters is Staci (It’s not just the name similarity :D) from Very Pink Knits and how her right hand just flies over those needles similar to my Continental picker knitting ways.

I’ve tried the knit stitch the way she does and it didn’t take much time to get to a good pace. Though purling this “flicking” way, is just not AT ALL easy. Knitting with my yarn like Staci is was a breeze, but I had to find another way to get some good tension to purl. I found a video with an additional way of getting that tension with right-handed knitting:

That way was ok, but I found that wrapping my yarn this way really helps me get the right tension on my forefinger: 20130115-132038.jpg

The biggest thing to take away from all of this is you need to make sure you have the yarn go over your forefinger and your other fingers help keep the tension correct for that one digit. Also, don’t drop the needle, use your thumb and middle finger to keep those stitches flying.

SLOOOOOOOOOWLY making things happen,
-Stacy C.

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4 Responses to “I Finally Get Two-Handed Knitting!”

  1. andresue January 16, 2013 at 10:35 AM #

    Carrying both yarns on one hand only resulted in a tangled mess for me. I love the 2 handed method… everything stays tidy and the knitting goes so much faster. Thanks for posting the videos. Very helpful.

    • theyarnfix January 17, 2013 at 9:50 AM #

      Yea, I would “unwind” the tangle every so often, but I’m happy trying out this “cleaner” technique. I’m glad the videos were useful, it’s always nice to see things from different angles.

  2. Nancyb March 6, 2013 at 1:31 PM #

    just now watched these videos and these are great ideas!

  3. hello there and thank you for your info – I’ve certainly picked up something new from right here.

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