the style i knit

when i taught my self how to knit. i learn to knit in the back loop. did i teach my self a wrong way of knitting?


BuduR's picture

I wouldn't say it's wrong, I know alot of people who knit this way.

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Celowin's picture

As long as you're happy with the way the final fabric looks, there is no wrong way to knit. I think your method of knitting is sometimes referred to as "combined" knitting, and it is certainly a valid (though unpopular) way.

There are things that combined knitting is better for, and other things that more "standard" knitting is better for. I'd suggest you learn both, and use whichever is more appropriate for your current project.

albert's picture

Interesting- I'll have to try that. I also wonder what happens if you purl across a row, turn and purl back? I'll have to try that too.

superi's picture

This would result in garter sticht for a purl is really just a backwards knit.


PaganCub's picture

i learned how to purl differently; so if i'm knitting stockinette flat, knit into the back loop....cause my purl is different
on my purl row, i insert the needle as if to purl and instead bringing the yarn up around the top of the needle, i bring my yarn under and around the needle....

"normal" purling is supposed to be bringing the yarn up around the top of the needle. when i'm working decreases (like for my chevron scarf), i have to purl the "proper" way for the double decreases to match up and look right.

when knitting in the round, my knit sts always end up the "right" way.

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gogodavitron's picture

as far as i know, because i taught myself to knit this way as well but have since corrected it, Knitting through the back of the loop, while not technically in correct, does twist the stitch. it can be a handy step if you're knitting in the round, or on dpn's and feel like the space between the needles is getting loose.. if you knit through the back it helps tighten it up, though the stitch does DEFINITELY look different.

If you're happy with it, don't worry about it. I was unhappy with it, and taught myself to knit all over again, and have since been wildly more successfull in all of my projects.

but whatever works for you! :-)

happy stitching!

Jedwards's picture

Guys i just retaught my self how to knit in the Continent and English Style of knitting. The English Style feels really funny. I think I am a Continent Style guy.

I do English but want to teach myself Continental. It seems so much more "productive."

BuduR's picture

I don't know what kind of knitter I am, I usually just tell people I'm a tosser with flair.

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MasonM's picture

I don't think there is a 'wrong' way to knit. If it comes out the way you intended it must be right.


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YarnGuy716's picture

I'm a firm believer of their is no wrong way of knitting. If it gives you the results you are looking for and you like it, well it is knitting. Anyone who insists that you are "doing it wrong" deserves a good jab with one of those sharp Knit Picks Options needles ::heh heh::

Funny thing is I was looking through an old issue of Interweave Knits that had an article on just that subject (Spring 2004 issue). It also had a piece on the different methods of knitting.

Bottom line is there are as many ways to knit as there are knitters. I learned Continental and like to knit that way. I've tried to learn English, it feels clumsy, but then if I worked at it I probably would get better at it.

You might also want to check out Annie Modesitt's site which gives info on Combination/Combined Knitting. It is supposed to be less stressful on the hands and wrists.

Crafty Andy's picture

Visit Crafty Andy's Blog I knit in the back loop, because it is more comfortable to me. Some people say that it is wrong, but I will tell you that is your damn yarn and needles, so who cares lol! As long as you are satisfied with the outcome. Be mindful of the Knitting Inquisition who has some recruits among this site. Kearn as many ways to knit as you can, in the long run it will benefit you. Cast on in different ways, cast off in different ways and discover what method is the best for a particular item. That's my 2 euro cents worth of thoughts.

RickMartin's picture

The only thing I've seen happen when knitting in the back like that throughout is that the fabric tends to get tighter and tighter. However, if you're also purling "wrong" then when doing stockinette it will "correct" itself. So, I'm wondering if you find when knitting swatches that you tend to have to use larger needles more often?? Just a thought.


PaganCub's picture

If anyone's still reading this, Cat Bordhi had an interesting take on it: there's no such thing as knitting the right or wrong way/purling the right or wrong way. you just gotta look at this way: if you're getting your desired outcome, the only thing you're doing differently is chnbign the manner in which the stitches are mounted on the needles.
if your stitches are situated so that, on the knit side the right "leg" is at the front of the needle, then you would knit into the front loop.
if your stitches are situated so that, on the knit side, the right "leg" is at the back of the needle, then you would knit into the back loop.

always remember that, unless otherwise called for, you should be knitting into the right leg of the knit stitch.

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