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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 40 customers.)

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October 2, 2017
Bj J
This was a great class. Lena does a great job of showing you everything! I am a very very beginner knitter. Experienced crocheter and that is why I wanted to learn the continental as I figured that would be easier to learn. I am still learning, but it is so nice to be able to go back and watch all of her steps. The continuous repeat is wonderful. But I also love how she gives you other techniques you will need for when you master the knitting part of it. Love the class!
August 25, 2017
Dianna A
When I looked at the picture of the Nordkapp Hoodie on the video, I honestly didn't believe that I was going to be able to do it.
I am new to knitting and my first "language" is crochet. However, Lena's instructions were very clear and her delivery was so encouraging. I enjoyed being able to go back and review different parts of the video (it was helpful to go back to the beginning excerpts as the class project progressed), to add annotations - such as the time counter where different steps were presented and to take notes. I am thrilled with my completed hoodie and am definitely going to make another one in a different color. Yes, I made mistakes, but they are mistakes that I have learned how to improve my knitting from and mistakes that only I can see in the sweater. Thanks again!
July 9, 2017
Linda S
I rated this class 4 stars out of 5 stars because, although it was very informative -- like other reviewers I felt that it needed more organization and instruction. I completed the Nordic Hoodie, and it came out better than I expected; however, I had to rely on YouTube for instructions on how to seam the shoulders because there were no instructions on seaming in this class. In addition, while knitting the sleeves, you have to work the pattern backwards in order to stay in pattern -- I figured this out because of my mathematical and analytical skills and typed my own personal instructions for the sleeves. May I suggest that future classes should start from the beginning and follow a step-by-step protocol so that people who are new to knitting have a better understanding? I am an avid crocheter; however, I was taught how to knit when I was 7 years old. When I saw the Nordic Hoodie pattern, I was inspired to complete it. I am happy with the finished product and I will probably knit another Nordic Hoodie in a different color but will consider picking up stitches around the armhole and working backwards for the sleeves next time around.
June 24, 2017
Montea S
Essentially, I am a beginner with limited experience. I only wanted to learn beginner info - continental knit and purl with a small project. If the two stitches (along with what can be done with those two stitches) would have been introduced at the very beginning where they belonged without introducing multiple needles, knitting in the round and so forth, maybe I would have been a little happier with my purchase. This was more like beginner, intermediate, and advanced class rolled into one. I was frustrated by the time I got to 25 minutes or so and haven't gone past that. I'd like to keep it real simple and then I'd like for someone to teach me how to fix a mistake - like a dropped stitch. Save the multiple needles, knitting in the round, and big projects for another class. Actually, I got as much out of a YouTube video as I did this class and it didn't cost me a thing.
May 27, 2017
Marjorie H
Combination of great instruction and filming make this class easy to follow. After knitting English-style for 52 years, it won't be easy to make the switch to continental but I am determined. The fair isle instruction also is well done. Very happy with my purchase.

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