Knitting Basics: How to Hold Yarn and Needles – English Style
Your own preferences will also affect your holding position.
English knitting is a knitting style that involves holding the yarn in the dominant hand, alongside the working needle. While it is common in the British Isles and North America, English knitting is practiced by knitters all over the world and is probably the most common.
How to hold the needles:
1. Hold the needles with the stitches in your left hand. Wrap the yarn around your little finger and then around the index finger on your right hand.
2A. Hold the working needle with your right hand, controlling the tension with your right index finger.
2B. Another method is to place the working needle between the thumb and index finger of your right hand as if you were holding a pencil.
The trick to knitting faster is efficiency, so try to make the stitch in one smooth, fluid motion.
Once you become comfortable holding your needles, you will automatically increase your knitting speed.
And next time I’ll share with you some tips and helpful information about the Continental style of knitting and the other methods I use.