aeterniti
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Q: How do I hold my needles and yarn as I knit?
A: It should be simple. Left needle, left hand. Right needle, right hand. Switch needles when turning the piece. When the yarn comes in, it gets complicated. Slide 1: English knitters hold the yarn in their right hand. In order to wrap it around the needle to form a stitch, their left hand stabilizes both needles. I personally use this style, and sometimes keep the right needle in place by supporting it with my leg (this is more comfortable than it sounds). Slide 2: Continental knitters hold the yarn wrapped around their left hand. In order to wrap it around the needle to form a stitch, the right hand needle has to "grab the yarn" from the left hand. Though it may be harder to learn at first, this style requires less hand movement and is faster than the first style in most cases. There's no right or wrong way to knit, so either style (or your own style) is fine, as long as it works for you!
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