View Full Version : Dutch and German knitting
June 25th, 2010, 12:11 PM
I don't know which one is which, but this afternoon I'm going to talk about how to do both. Oh, it's all knitting. And I'm not talking about the knit, purl, yarn-over stitches. I'm talking about the way you hold the thread (yarn) although the loop is exactly the same. Interested? Check back in about two hours to learn the differences. (I've got to make certain my instructions are clear, by doing it)
June 25th, 2010, 01:15 PM
My grandma tought me along time ago but It has been so long since I have done it that, I think I have forgotten everything...
June 25th, 2010, 04:54 PM
We'll try again. Coffee Time's server is not cooperating today.
I knit when I have trouble plotting. And, I can't tell you which method is the German
method and which is the Dutch, but here is the difference. When most people learn
to knit and most of the books on how-to, the yarn is always in the back of the work,
(that's for knitting - not purling) and it's in the right hand. You insert your needle in the next loop, pull the yarn through the two needle and push the yarn to the back, forming a new loop on the right hand needle. With purling, the yarn starts in the front and is pushed to the back.
With the method I prefer (It goes faster) the yarn is held in the left hand. Instead of wasting the time to pull the yarn forward between the two needles, you pick the yarn up with the right hand needle and pull a loop through to form a loop on the right hand needle. With purling the yarn is in the front and pushed to the back, again holding the yarn in the left fingers.
I can't draw, so I can't sketch a diagram, but it this isn't clear, let me know, and I'll try to explain in another way. Of course with knitting machines, the art of knitting is losing favor. (sigh) but as I said, I find it a excellent way to solve plot problems. It doesn't take a lot of thought to knit and the problem I'm trying to solve usually gets solved in a hurry.
Angelica Hart and Zi
June 28th, 2010, 12:22 PM
I love it! I'm printing it out, and although I don't have time to try today, I will be trying within the week. Thank you for sharing.
June 28th, 2010, 04:38 PM
I'm pretty useless at knitting, but that sounds very much like the way they do it in Sweden too. My mother is Swedish, so that's how I learned. As I said, I was no good though so when we had to knit a pair of mittens at school I did one and my mother had to finish the other - needless to say they were different sizes! I much prefer crochet, it's easier.
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