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You'll be amazed when you see how easy it is to knit continental style, and you'll love how fast and even your knitting will become! Join expert Lena Skvagerson to learn how to knit continental style!

Lena Skvagerson
Learn Continental Knitting
Learn Continental Knitting
Lena Skvagerson, Instructor
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Many Europeans knit in what's called "Continental Style." In this technique, you hold and "throw" the yarn with your left hand, which often translates into faster, easier and more even knitting. Knowing Continental Knitting will build skills that will make more advanced techniques including stranded knitting, lace and cables easier to learn and master. Join expert Lena Skvagerson in this all-new Annie's video class, Learn Continental Knitting. In this class, you'll learn how to:
  • Comfortably hold the yarn and needles in your hands.
  • Work the long-tail cast-on and Norwegian cast-on.
  • Cast-on using regular needles, double-point needles and a circular needle.
  • See how the Norwegian cast-on creates a sturdy but stretchy edge great for edges on socks and hat.
  • Knit, purl and create attractive texture by working rib stitch, moss stitch and seed stitch.
  • Work a stretchy 2 x 2 rib and a smoother 1 x 1 rib.
  • Increase and decrease.
  • Pick up stitches and bind off.
  • Create a very even, smooth seam ideal for joining two pieces together with the 3-needle bind-off.
  • Work a simple cable design.
  • Work easy stranded knitting with a Fair Isle swatch.
Class includes complete step-by-step instructions and materials list for the Nordkapp Textured Hoodie. It's the perfect project for practicing and mastering your newfound Continental Knitting skills!

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FREE -- Class Overview
FREE -- Introduction
Tools & Materials You'll Need
Casting On, Knitting & Purling
Creating Texture: Ribbing & ...
Increasing & Decreasing
Picking Up Stitches & Binding ...
Class Project: Textured ...
Additional Techniques: Cables ...
Class Wrap-Up
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Class Project Photos

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August 4, 2019
Margaret M
I loved this video. I learned to continental doing just the basics of knit and purl in the 70's but I never progressed. Eventually, I stopped knitting all together. I picked it up recently when I went to another town's knit group and I was knitting away on a simple project when one of the ladies from the end of the table asked "What ARE you doing? I said ,"continental knitting". They acted as tho' I was from Mars. So, I felt like I must be doing something wrong. But, I find my cast on is correct ( but I only knew the one cable cast on) and my knits and purls were correct as well as my bind off ( again, I only knew how to do one bind-off). My problems had come years ago when I had tried to do yarn overs and when I made mistakes, I didn't know how to correct them and ended up with a mess. I have learned several new things from Lena and I find her absolutely delightful and would take any course you offered that she was the instructor. I had always wanted to do fair isle and never had the courage. So, thank you very much. I have tried to do the 3 needle bind off but could never get it right. I now think I can do it. I have to projects ahead of the sweater but hope to send you a picture of my finished sweater about Feb/Mar 2020. Thank you again.
July 10, 2019
Joyce G
Just what I wanted to learn.
June 8, 2019
Morgan H
I just have to say I enjoyed the class. For me, I learned a few things I had wanted to do but didn't do it right. I think she was good in how she explained the different stages. I will watch more classes of hers and I give her thumbs up all the way.
February 6, 2019
Julie G
This class is not very usable for me. I think I can use the stitches but the instructor speaks very rapidly and the illustrations are good but I was always having to stop them and replay numerous times.They too go rapidly. She is enthusiastic and that is what is driving the video. Bummer for me.
January 3, 2019
Sally C
Great class I've tried other methods of the continental purl and at last I've found one that works for me, love it.

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