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Lena Skvagerson
Learn Continental Knitting
Learn Continental Knitting
Lena Skvagerson, Instructor

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!


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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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5 out of 5 (Reviewed by 33 customers.)

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April 13, 2017
Despina K
This lesson is not for a beginner. The class is excellent if you have previous experience in continental knitting and want to learn more.
April 11, 2017
Peggy C
Not an experienced knitter--self taught and know only knit and purl stitches. Have watched the entire video and am looking forward to learning other stitches. Really enjoy her techniques teaching methods.
March 16, 2017
Jennifer G
This video was very interesting and informative. I enjoyed watching it and learning from it. The only reason I rated it the way I did was because I am left handed and it would've been nice for the video to show it left handed also. I had to watch videos on YouTube showing left handed procedures. I should've done that first because then I wouldn't have had to pay for this class in the first place.
March 9, 2017
Carmen V
This class is excellent. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to learn to knit the continental way. I usually knit English style and have tried knitting continental style but I often experienced getting twisted stitches when attempting to do so. I also found it awkward to knit the purl stitch in the continental style.
Ms Skavergson's teaching style was easy to follow and helped me greatly to finally be able to knit the continental way with no twisted stitches. I am able to finally knit the purl stitch with much ease. My tension on the stitches is much more even too. I also am able to knit faster as that was my reason for wanting to learn knitting in the continental style. Currently I am working on the sweater project and so far it's looking really good . I already finished the body of the sweater and one of the sleeves and just started knitting the second sleeve. I've knitted the cable swatch to practice as well and used it as a panel for a blanket. I am looking forward to knit the intarsia swatch. I might use it as a panel for a blanket as well. Once again, excellent class!
February 23, 2017
Sherice R
This was an excellent class on Continental Knitting. Ms. Skvagerson has an enjoyable teaching style and the presentation was clear making continental knitting easy to learn. It's particularly nice to be able to repeat necessary segments of instruction as often as needed. I initially learned this method of knitting via other ways making me fairly self taught and having trouble. Through the instruction given in this class I learned what was missing. Now I'm happily on my way to successfully creating completed projects. Thanks for a great Annie's Online Class!

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