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Yarn Harlot and Irish Cottage Style Knitting

I sent this email to Stephanie today and thought I could gain some insight from my friends at KP:

I happened to stumble across a video of you on youtube today showing how you knit Irish Cottage Style found here I'm very interested in learning this technique and how exactly you hold the yarn. Also, does this work on circular needles? Any suggestions you could offer would be greatly appreciated!

Any input or links that anyone can add to help me with this will be greatly appreciated!!

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Comment by Amy Green on July 26, 2010 at 4:15pm
I agree Danielle! In the last year since I learned to knit, I've realized how boring all the other 32 yrs
Comment by Danielle Brown on July 26, 2010 at 7:47am
I tried this and now I am using this style for my garter stitch sweater I am doing. I cannot hold the needle under my arm as she does (the needle is too close to my face and I can't focus on it) but I hook it in the corner of my pocket and it works great. I discovered while using my circulars that I pretty much was doing this anyway. On the knit rows I hold the right needle still and just move the left and on the purl rows I hold the left needle still and just move the right. But this goes faster as the needle is held still for me. Amazing all the new things I have learned in the past year!
Comment by cherylbwaters on July 26, 2010 at 6:52am
It all takes experimenting. That is nice to know that it helps with your tension.
Comment by Amy Green on July 26, 2010 at 6:36am
I'm amazed at how holding my yarn like in the videos has improved my tension!! Normally I have to go up 2 needle sizes, but with the Be Sweet hat, I'm right on target :)
Comment by cherylbwaters on July 23, 2010 at 3:05pm
Danielle, it is nice to not have to keep turning your work when doing entrelac. With other flat knitting, I still turn my work.
Comment by Danielle Brown on July 23, 2010 at 12:35pm
that is quite fascinating! I am happy with the way I knit now but I think I am going to try that for a bit just to see how it feels. I am thinking, for me anyway, that it wouldn't be the the soothing calming feeling that I get from knitting now as I would be trying to move fast??? Can't hurt to try though!
Comment by cherylbwaters on July 22, 2010 at 10:40pm
Especially when doing entrelac!
Comment by Beth Pritchett on July 22, 2010 at 2:21pm
Very interesting videos. I may have to change so I can speed my work up.
Cheryl, glad you tried the backward knitting. I don't think it really takes much getting used to, and it makes some things so much easier, and quicker.
Comment by cherylbwaters on July 20, 2010 at 8:09am
Seriously, we want photos!
Comment by Peggy Stuart on July 20, 2010 at 5:40am
With photos maybe?

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