In Continental knitting, the yarn is held in the left hand. Continental knitting is fast, ergonomic, and efficient. Many knitters switch from American/English-style knitting to Continental once they discover the benefits.

Video Knitting Course: Continental Knitting

Continental Knitting is the art of knitting with the working yarn in the left hand. It is ergonomic, efficient, and the preferred knitting style of many European knitters.

I learned to knit the traditional way (for Americans), then switched to Continental-style knitting after many years because I loved how fast and easy it was.


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The Continental Knit Stitch

The Continental Knit Stitch
The Continental Knit Stitch



Blog Post: Top 5 Stretches For Knitting Hand Pain Relief

Myofascial stretch for sore fingersBy Liat Gat – Founder / Continental Knitting, Knitter's Life / December 30, 2011 / 175 Comments

As you may know, knitting late into the night can cause stiffness and hand pain the next day. If you struggle with your finger or hand positioning while knitting, it can be even more uncomfortable. These five stretches bring instant and lasting relief.

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Blog Post: Continental Knitting Tips – Do You Have the “U?”

By Liat Gat – Founder / Continental Knitting / April 15, 2011 / 29 Comments

When I last taught a friend to knit, I decided to teach him Continental-style from the very beginning to avoid his having to potentially switch later. He struggled with left hand-position, and the tips I show in this video were what helped him improve the most.

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Blog Post: Is Now a Good Time to Learn Continental Knitting?

By Liat Gat – Founder / Continental Knitting / August 10, 2020 / 20 Comments

A Knitfreedom student recently asked, “Hi Liat, I’m still doing what I learned as a child 60+ years ago :), wrapping the yarn around the needle with my right hand. Would this be a good time for me to learn Continental?” I say, “YES!” and here’s why.

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Blog Post: Purling Tips: How To Purl Continental Style

By Liat Gat – Founder / Continental Knitting / May 13, 2011 / 12 Comments

So many people have been asking for tips on how to purl Continental that I’m giving this Premium video from my class away free here. Purling is the most challenging part of Continental knitting, so go slow and have patience with yourself as you practice.

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Continental Knitting Illustration: Continental Knitting

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American vs. Continental Knitting

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Continental vs. American Ribbing

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Tensioning the Yarn – Continental

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Finger Aerobics I – Continental Knitting

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The Continental Knit Stitch

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The Continental Knit Stitch
The Continental Knit Stitch


Finger Aerobics II – Continental Purling

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Having a good grip on your yarn is essential for doing the Continental purl stitch correctly – otherwise it will continually frustrate you.


The Continental Purl Stitch

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Here’s how do to the Continental purl stitch, with two variations. Try both and see which you like more!


Continental Yarnover

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1×1 Rib – Continental

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Maintain Good Hand Position – The Continental “U”

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How to Knit Without Looking – Continental

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