I just discovered I’ve been knitting in a technique called Combined Knitting (except I hold the yarn in my right hand).
I always knew I did the knit stitch wrong. That can happen when you’re self taught! I also started out holding the yarn in a Continental way (i.e. with my left hand) instead of English (i.e. right hand) and could never hold the needles at the same time. So eventually someone showed me the English way, but didn’t correct (or I guess didn’t notice) which side I was putting the needle in.
The funny thing is, usually doing what I do (putting the needle in the back) should create a twisted knit stitch. Except I never do. So I figured I was doing something wierd with the purl on the back, but I never knew what.
And now I do! Lo and behold knittinghelp.com has come through once again. Not that I learned anything new, but at least I know what I’m doing has a name. And (bonus!) she’s absolutely right that you can tell whether you’re on the knit or purl stitch by its orientation on the needle. That’s why it’s so much faster for me, I think. And it’s a relief to know I’m not crazy that I have to reorient the stitches to do decreased. That’s kind of a PITA, but oh well.
Anyway! Just thought I’d share 🙂 I do want to try Continental style again, someday, now that I have a better idea what I’m doing 🙂