The switch to continental is underway, and it’s going . . . okay. My shoulder definitely appreciates it, and I’ve picked up the basic technique a lot faster than I thought I would. The hardest part is resisting the urge to just switch over to English. The second hardest part is something with which I could really use some help.
I have been experimenting with methods for holding the yarn. The first one I tried was simply wrapping it twice around my index finger; the second was wrapping it once around my pinky and then passing it over my index finger. Both of these work fine for a minute or so, but then (for reasons that I have yet to understand) the tension suddenly goes out of the yarn, my gauge goes to hell, and I can’t even pull the stitches snug.
I’ve tried two different modifications to the above techniques:
- Wrapping the yarn around my index finger three times
- Wrapping it around my pinky (once) and my index finger (once)
These methods all resulted in too much tension. The yarn wouldn’t run smoothly through my fingers, and I ended up with too little yarn between my finger and the needle to do so much as wrap a stitch.
So, continental knitters, how do you handle the working yarn? Any and all advice is more than welcome. I feel like I’m a beginner all over again, and while that’s a good spiritual exercise, it’s pretty much driving me bonkers. My English knitting is even, consistent, and fast; switching to Continental is like going into my house blindfolded after someone rearranged all of the furniture. Help!