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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
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

Customer Reviews for Learn Continental Knitting:

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5 out of 5 (Reviewed by 56 customers.)

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March 1, 2023
Christine W
I may never learn to knit like this but I'll keep watching until I get it! LOL!
May 13, 2021
Cheryl B
I really liked this technique. As a long time crocheted I was having trouble controlling the working yarn with the right hand. So I switched to working the yarn with my left hand. This was natural for me. But then came the purl stitch. Fortunately I saw the class for continental knitting. And everything makes sense. Although I will probably pick simpler projects to start with. Thank you Lena for sharing this with us!
July 25, 2020
Dee B
Lena was very informative and clear on everything. But I feel the way things were organized was a bit overwhelming. I am an experienced knitter and really wanted to learn this technique because it would be faster. When she brought out the DP needles, I lost interest right away. I know how to use regular and circular needles. Bringing out DP's made me think we were gonna do socks. All I wanted was something simple showing me how to hold my yarn in my left and needle movement in my right for both knit and pearl. Knit a scarf or dishcloth would have been better for me. Too much info, in the beginning, had me wanting to skip ahead. Her instructions are clear, just not what I was looking for. I do a lot of blankets, afghans, and shawls, so what I needed was flatwork.
May 8, 2020
Beth H
I enjoyed Lena's presentation. There is a lot going on in this video that I did not expect, such as the sweater. It looks like a huge project to me. I would have appreciated a simpler design for my first sweater. The hood is complicated.
I could have more time spent on the knit and purl stitches, increases and decreases. The 3-needle bind-off is a pretty!
I've tried several times to knit continental, but finally I get it. It's just going to take practice. Lena is a fun instructor to follow, and I would take another class with her as the instructor. Thank you, Lena!
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.

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