What is the Right Way to Hold My Needles?
There is no right or wrong way to hold your needles, it’s just a matter of what feels the most comfortable for you. In the beginning, it will feel awkward no matter which way you hold your needles, but with a little patience and practice you’ll start to feel more comfortable.
Some people hold the needles like drumsticks, with their hands over the needles. Others prefer to hold them like pencils, resting the needle between the thumb and the index finger.
There’s no ‘better’ way. Experiment and you will find your own way.
Which Hand Do I Hold the Yarn In?
There are two main styles of knitting: 1) English 2) Continental
The main difference has to do with which hand the yarn is held in. Knitters using the English style hold the yarn in their right hand and “wrap” the yarn around the needle to create new stitches. The Continental knitter holds the yarn in the left hand and “picks” the yarn to create new stitches.
I’ll show you both methods in this tutorial.
Most beginners are taught to knit using the English method, but the Continental style allows knitters to knit faster. It is common for knitters to switch to the Continental style once they feel confident with the basics of knitting.
I started as an English style knitter, and then taught myself to knit continental. I recommend learning both styles.
How to Hold and Tension the Yarn for Knitting (English and Continental Style)
In this video, Cheryl Brunette demonstrates how to hold the yarn while you knit. By setting yourself up in this way you create an even tension on the working yarn, which will allow you to create more even stitches.