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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 42 customers.)

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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
January 4, 2018
Barbara R
This is a great course and the photography/video is easy to follow. Because I have always been an "English-style" knitter, tI stayed away from stranded knitting except mosaic knitting. This video has opened more options to me and makes stranded knitting so much easier. Thanks to Lena for all of her expertise and to Annie's for making the class available.
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.

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