Jonathan (DC Potter) has been telling me about his experiences with Portuguese knitting (PK) and how it saved his aching joints. At times I have RSI from knitting and so I was interested to learn more. I ordered both DVD's and the book which arrived today. I just finished watching the 2 DVD's by Andrea Wong on PK. Naturally, I was most interested in the 2-colour technique. The DVD's have a lot of good basic knitting information which could be helpful to any new knitter. I've yet to read her book; that's for later tonight.
As you know, I knit almost exclusively fairisle jumpers. I knit contintental with both strands held in my left hand. I
can work this well and fairly quickly.
I'm wondering if anyone has any thoughts or experience with the PK style. My questions are around how well it works for stranded knitting and most importantly if it really is any quicker and ergonomically better than either
continental or English methods. One point she makes which certainly makes sense is that since purling PK is easier than in any other method (and easier than thePK knit stitch) she recommends that all fairisle style knitting be done i n the purl stitch. This gives longer floats because they are on the outside of the work and so are naturally going to be longer. I also imagine that it would be easier to control their length if they are facing you.
So, all comments are welcome. I don't think I'm too old to learn a few new tricks and I have to say that she makes it took so easy. If you are not familiar with PK, there are good YouTube videos. Here is a link to an interview with Andrea:
Thanks for your comments!