Knitting Styles and More

“I like making a piece of string into something I can wear” ~ Author Unknown

I was knitting during a book club meeting this last weekend and a couple that also knits was baffled by my U.S. style of knitting because I waste so much time “throwing” the yarn over my needle. I had to explain that I only use the U.S. style when I have to purl a lot  because I hadn’t learned to Continental purl yet (because it’s a pain!). With my recent outbreak of seed stitch scarves (k1 p1 k1 both sides) it seemed like the best option. However, it seems there is another way. I’m always up for learning a new way to knit or crochet so I thought I’d share their solution. Here we go Continental Knit + Norwegian Purl. Everything is done basically through the back making it very fast to switch between stitches. I’ve also created this page that I’ll try to add to as I find new styles, solutions, cool stuff, and maybe some patterns and/or yarn things around the web. This could get really BIG people! Here is a link to my ongoing collection of knitting bookmarks. Pages I’ve found on FAQs for knitting and yarn


American/English “throwing” – Knit, Purl, Rib Continental – Knit, Purl, Rib

Eastern EuropeanKnit, Purl, Rib

German – Knit, Purl, Rib

Irish Cottage aka Lever Knitting (Yarn Harlot) – Knit, Knit & Purl, Knit & Purl, Rib, video

Norwegian – Knit, Purl, Rib

PeruvianKnit, Purl, Rib

Portuguese – Knit, Purl, Rib


Here is an Index of Knitting Stitch Patterns

Casting On


Casting Off


Loom Knitting


Silk Hankies and Caps (Mawata)


Viking Knitting


Double Knitting


Feather and Fan

Multiple of 18 stitches +2 Row 1: K Row 2: K1, Purl to last stitch, K1 Row 3: K, K2tog [3 times],YO-K1 [3 times], K1 Row 4: K

Materials: 1 ball of cotton yarn, Size 4.5 MM knitting needles. Instructions:Cast on 42 stitches (or a multiple of 18 plus 6) Knit 3 rows of garter stitch for the border. Row 4: Knit Row 5: K 3, P to last 3 stitches K3 Row 6: K3, *(K2 tog) 3 times, (yo, K1) 6 times, (K2 tog) 3 times, rep from * to last 3 sts K3 Row 7: Purl Repeat Rows 4 – 7, keeping first and last 3 stitches in garter stitch, until piece measures desired length. Knit 3 more rows of garter stitch to make the bottom border. Cast off and darn in ends Cables Cables seem scary to knit but really aren’t too difficult. I keep telling myself that and Finally I gave it a try. Not hard as long as you don’t drop any stitches. This video helped get the idea. Row Shaping



Linen Stitch
Work on an even number of stitches.

Row 1: *Knit 1, slip 1 with yarn in front. Repeat from * across, ending with a knit 1.

Row 2: *Purl 1, slip 1 with yarn in back. Repeat from * across, ending with a purl 1.

Repeat. When slipping stitches, always slip as if to purl.


Interesting Patterns

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  1. […] also created a new knitting page that I’ll try to add to as I find new styles, solutions, cool stuff, and maybe some patterns […]

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