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Knit Faster with Continental Knitting

Increase knitting speed, bolster efficiency, and ditch hand strain as you conquer Continental knitting for your best stitching yet, taught by by Lorilee Beltman, a certified instructor and designer.
Knit Faster with Continental Knitting is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 7.
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Knitting faster DVD: Course Delivered & watch course. Instructions me how to work needles knitting to left. A little aware changes step my beginner want to absorb more ... My questions are. Threads , patterns step discussion abbreviations .... also create on knitting needles...... Thank You ,sincerely student customer
Date published: 2018-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to Understand The demonstration of Continental Knitting is simple and easy to understand. The slow placement of the yarn and the use of a pen to show the direction of yarn placement makes it easy to pick up the Continental stitch. And, of course, you can always talk to the instructor and ask questions.
Date published: 2018-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My sister noticed my knitting is more even now ... I have been knitting for years, but keep it basic because I know my knitting ability is not up to the more challenging patterns (yet) but have made numerous baby outfits, socks, mitts, scarves, hats etc. .. I try to keep things smaller because my hands ache after knitting too long. I love this instructor! She is clear, moves along at a great pace for me, recommends how much "homework" to try to get used to stitching, encourages relaxing the hands with her words and actions to relieve strain, and shows how to fix common problems. She doesn't show casting on in this video but directs us to her website where she has a youtube link .. this course is continental knitting .. casting on is not necessarily continental style so I'm fine with it not being included in the course (especially if she offers the instruction without charge). I was also able to download the lectures so that I could watch them while offline. As an added bonus, I've discovered that I have not been increasing properly .. after watching that lecture, it makes so much more sense now! I am 3/4 through the course and have already noticed less strain and more even stitches. I have picked out my next pattern to try .. I absolutely would (and have) recommend this course.
Date published: 2017-10-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Beginning Level, Good, but needs diagrams I'm a long-time English style knitter and wanted to learn Continental style. The video is good, but some basic diagrams in the accompanying literature would make it much better. It is hard to follow moving hands, and it would be much easier to be able to study a diagram of how the stitches are made supplemented by video. I would suggest getting a book on knitting instead.
Date published: 2017-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent course The instructor in this course presents the materials in a very clear and well-organized program, and I find her instruction and explanations very easy to understand and follow. My only issue is that this course is not available in download streaming, so I cannot play it on my iPad while working on my project, but have to work near a dvd player which is very awkward.
Date published: 2017-04-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good but left out one critical step Although the instruction was good, it's supposed to be for beginners -- so why didn't she show how to cast on stitches???? All her demonstrations already had the stitches on the needle -- it fell short of being an otherwise perfect video.
Date published: 2017-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great course I have been a longtime knitter with the Continental style. I picked up some tips about holding the yarn differently and getting better tension control. My speed improved and the stitches are nice and even. I really enjoyed this course. Instructor's pace is good, speaks clearly. Camera shots are excellent. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2016-11-13
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Does your knitting sometimes get cut short by tired, achy hands? Do you want to knit faster and more efficiently? If you answered yes to one or both of these questions, join instructor and designer Lorilee Beltman and learn a different style of knitting that ditches strain for speed! By making the most of your hand motions with smaller, quicker movements, and giving every finger a job to do, you'll rejuvenate your knitting and approach any project with a newfound zeal. Lorilee will show you how to keep even tension as you work increases, decreases and more, and you'll learn how you might apply Continental knitting to a variety of techniques, from cables to colorwork. Whether you're new to knitting or a seasoned English-style veteran, you'll wonder where Continental knitting has been all your life. And, if you're left-handed, well, get ready to fall in love.


Lorilee Beltman

My experiences as a yarn shop owner taught me the value of delivering an honest answer with kindness. Through teaching, I learned I love helping knitters push through their roadblocks.

Lorilee Beltman is a Craft Yarn Council certified instructor and a TNNA designer and teacher who has taught at national events around the country since 2009. It was once Lorilee opened her own knitting business, City Knitting, that she realized her passion for spreading knowledge and helping knitters past their roadblocks. You can find some of her articles in respected magazines such as Twist Collective and Interweave Knits.

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Knit Faster with Continental Knitting
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Knit Faster with Continental Knitting


The Knit Stitch

01: The Knit Stitch

Meet Lorilee Beltman and get started on learning the knit stitch, Continental-style. Whether you're a new knitter or a longtime English-style knitter, you'll appreciate Lorilee's clear instruction for tensioning and positioning the yarn in your hands and making knit stitches flow along your needles with maximum comfort and efficiency.

24 min
The Purl Stitch

02: The Purl Stitch

Get a handle on the purl stitch as Lorilee shows how to hold your yarn and move it into place for your needle to grab quickly and easily. You'll see how to keep awkward movements at a minimum and make sure your stitches are correctly oriented on your needles.

16 min
Sizing Stitches for Even Knitting

03: Sizing Stitches for Even Knitting

Depending on how you make your stitches, your knitting might end up too loose or too tight. Lorilee shows how this happens and explains how to make your stitch size just right.

13 min
Time Savers: Using Knit & Purl Together

04: Time Savers: Using Knit & Purl Together

Knitting Continental really comes in handy when you have to alternate frequently between knits and purls, such as in ribbing or seed stitch. Getting the working yarn to the front or back of your knitting is simply a matter of shifting your right hand. Lorilee shows you how to achieve this efficiency and how to keep the transition smooth.

14 min
Increases, Decreases & Other Maneuvers

05: Increases, Decreases & Other Maneuvers

Lorilee walks you through using Continental knitting with all of the common increases, decreases and other stitch maneuvers. With the yarn in your left hand, you'll find you're able to tackle elaborate patterns with ease!

44 min
Using Continental for Your Favorite Fabrics

06: Using Continental for Your Favorite Fabrics

Whether your favorite fabric includes lace, cables, linen stitch or even two-handed colorwork, Lorilee's got you covered. She shares her tips for tackling each with Continental knitting, including how to cable without a cable needle. Linen stitch and colorwork, especially, will be so much easier if you know how to hold the yarn with your left hand.

18 min
Troubleshooting & Practice

07: Troubleshooting & Practice

The way you hold your knitting might be causing you some pain. Lorilee shows some common pitfalls to avoid so that you can continue to enjoy your knitting. Similarly, you might find yourself struggling with keeping your tension and your stitches even. Lorilee shares troubleshooting strategies. Finally, learn about some small, fun projects you can work on as you practice your newfound Continental knitting skills!

20 min