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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!

Annie's online classes include downloadable and printable class patterns in PDF format in addition to the online video content. You can view online classes at your convenience, 24/7, 365 days a year from any mobile device, both tablet and non-tablet (phones, iPod Touch, etc.) but classes are best viewed on tablets or computers. All Annie's online classes and DVDs have closed captioning.
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

Customer Reviews for Learn Continental Knitting:

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5 out of 5 (Reviewed by 46 customers.)

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September 15, 2018
Jolene P
This class is good for learning basic knitting for a beginner like me, however the project is way too advanced. Unfortunately I will only be able to practice the stitches. Maybe a simpler project would be more realistic for a beginner class.
February 4, 2018
Nancy B
Excellent class! Lena is a great instructor who goes at the right pace and shows and explains detailed steps in ways that are clear and easy to understand. Loved everything about this class and can't wait to master all of the techniques shown so I can do more and more advanced projects. Thank you Lena & Annies!
February 2, 2018
Sheila F
Learning to knit has definitely been an interesting process. I chose continental knitting because I enjoy crocheting so much. I have had so many "newbie knitter" questions, and Lena has been very prompt to email answers and explanations. I would recommend to anyone who is taking this class to email Lena with questions. She is a fountain of knowledge. Lena gave me an excellent step-by-step explanation on making the sleeves. It made all the difference in the world. She also gave me an Annie's link for shoulder seams and setting in sleeves. For me, being so new to knitting, Lena has been invaluable. I think that this class, and the sweater project are definitely not for beginners, but practicing the stitches and techniques before trying on the sweater has helped. The sweater project is not a quick to knit item, so be prepared to work, and study the video. Lots of perseverance is needed! I bought a really good knitting book that has tons of pictures. Lena and her guidance definitely warranted a 5 star rating.
January 27, 2018
Bev H
I have only just started to learn this technique. The instructions and camera shots are very clear and I am looking forward to finishing the project. I have had quick responses to my questions thank you.
January 5, 2018
Linda L
I am soooo happy I signed up for this class. It is a new beginning for me as I am an English knitter and find this a brand new experience. As a newbie I am fumbling however know I it is a learning curve and I am improving and impressed with the presentation and the simplicity and ease of Lena's teaching method. She knows her art. I watch the video often and continue to the sweater project. I would highly recommend this class and would not hesitate to purchase other classes she teaches. Linda L

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