How to Knit Faster with Lever Knitting // Episode 61 // Taking Back Friday // a fibre arts vlog

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In the past couple of weeks, I've been reminded of how holding your yarns and needles and knitting with a Lever knitting technique can help make your knitting a little faster and more efficient. I'll show you how.

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Cheryl HANDMADEwithLOVE . 2020-02-17
I really wish I could get my right hand to do that πŸ˜­πŸ™πŸΌ... I have no problem with continental.. and I'm right handed πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ... πŸ˜‚πŸ€£!! But I'm getting pretty quick at at continental... I am a really new knitter so that's saying ALOT. And I'm a new follower πŸ™‹πŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸ’ŽπŸ₯³πŸ€—πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ€˜πŸΌπŸ˜˜πŸ˜‰πŸ§ΆπŸ§ΆπŸ§ΆπŸ§Ά#YARNMakesMeHappy #GPWarriorπŸ’šπŸ₯„πŸ§Ά #PolyneuropathyWarrior #MigraineWarrior🀘🏼
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Ann Papadopulo . 2020-02-14
OMG I was getting so depressed because I knit so slowly and cannot get to grips with the continental way so you method has helped me so now I will do some knitting again and not just crochet !!!
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debrah erickson . 2020-02-08
My daughter forwarded this to me. I will have to try this methold. I am 69 years old and I was taught how to knit by my mother when I was a little girl. Mother was a good knitter and thinking back I am not sure what style of knitting she used. I love to knit, but I do not remember how I was taught to hold/tension the yarn. When I was young I always had difficulty holding on to the needles without feeling clumsy. So over the years I found a way to secure one needle so I could knit faster. When I went to your link I thought, finally someone knits like me. I was wrong however, you use your armpit lol. Here is the "technique" that I have been using........after casting on and maybe doing a row or two the ordinary way, I place the left needle between my thighs to secure it. Then I do most of the work with my right hand. My left had just kinds of is there holding lightly on needle between my legs and I just have the yarn and right neeled and hand doing the work. I just hold the yarn around right finger, no tension setup between several fingers, just there. This method works good for all knit, all purl, or K1, P1. It is like I have been searching for your Lever method for years. I have always felt weird knitting in public with needle between my thighs lol. Do you think your method will work well for someone like me?
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Caidien Burger . 2020-02-08
I knit continental style and just last week I was trying to get an order finished, overworked my hands, and gave myself carpal tunnel. Now I'm just searching for a way to knit that gives my right hand a break cause I'm going insane not being able to knit, but it seems like every style invariable needs that right hand to do some sort of flicking motion that caused the injury in the first place lol
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Kim's Crochet&Knits . 2020-02-08
oh wow i can knit alot faster this way and its actually comfortable:)
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Bioluvskatz . 2020-02-08
I’ve never heard of lever knitting. Very interesting technique! You’re a good teacher 😊
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Darryl Nichols . 2020-02-05
I had a friend whose grandmother knitted this way as her right hand had been blown off due to an unexplored grenade that she picked up as a teenager during World War II.
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Sandra Mata . 2020-02-01
Yay!! Another technique on how to knit. Cant wait learn it
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Tarah Doran . 2020-01-24
Thank you for sharing this method of knitting; i've always knitted this way:from the age of 8 yrs old now 60 yrs young never thought about it being anything different ' though recently tried continental knitting : an much prefer my way ; guess i'm set in my ways .kind regards.
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Kendra Smith . 2020-01-19
People with short fingers can't get the necessary reach to do this properly.
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LinYouToo . 2020-01-19
Very cool! Great tutorial. I learned to knit and made a few projects about 30 years ago maybe 35 years ago now. I’m just about to get back into it. I hold my crochet hook two different ways to relieve tension in my hands and this looks a lot like the pencil grip in crochet.
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LinYouToo . 2020-01-19
Starts at 5:10
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MusicAddictGrl . 2020-01-18
I'm left handed and am just starting out, would I be able to do this?
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Christina Henkel . 2020-01-18
I can see how this would be a fairly easy transition if your an english knitter ... but I continental knit. Is there a "continental way" to do this?
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Grace Fenech . 2020-01-13
I never knew that the method of your first technique had a name, I am 59years old and that is how I've always knitted, even crocheting I hold my crochet hook the same way as I hold a pencil it's quite a very comfortable method to get use to, I come from Malta.
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Dianne Morgan-Smith . 2020-01-12
You look so profficient, efficient, (and also elegant!) xxx
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Jean Campbell . 2020-01-09
I knit more or less just like this and I can knit well and fast and evenly And I’ve been knitting for quite a long time although I am not particularly advanced in what I’m knitting. The problem I’m having is when knitting something larger the movement of my hand, particularly my thumb (I think) is causing the yarn to pill terribly. When you’re knitting something like a sweater the thumb is then under the garment as the stitches are knitted to the right needle and the shuttle style movement causes friction. The movement is minimal but still there is movement. I have changed my knitting style completely for the last few days and it does not pill so it is proof that my style is the cause. Any experience with this or advice? I really enjoy this knitting style and it’s much more comfortable for me than the others.
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Fawn Jenkins . 2020-01-09
I knit continental style and find it a quick method. I do not think any of these techniques are for me, but maybe for others who don't knit continental style? Thanks for showing the Lever technique. I hadn't ever heard of it before, but now I have!
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Marguerite Antee . 2020-01-08
I use this method ,as a left handed person, knitting right handed. Never knew it had a name. Lol
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Dawn Montgomery . 2020-01-08
Very interesting technique!
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K McG . 2020-01-07
To get to the demo: 6:22
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Theresa Sutton . 2020-01-04
Thank you, I am a self taught left handed knitter. For years I assumed I was doing everything wrong. I have a slightly different method, but basically, I've been doing lever knitting. People have commented on how weird it looks, but also on how even and smooth my knitted items are.
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Jennifer Trevors . 2020-01-03
I learned to knit years after I was already a crocheter so I learned how to knit continental as it was more natural for me. I would often use long straight needles but I would hold my left needle under my left arm as I knit with the yarn on my left side like I would with crochet! I had no idea it was an actual type of knitting!
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Rita Carlson . 2020-01-01
Just started knitting again (I learned how as a young girl, then gave it up for crocheting). This is SOOOOO cool! I will be re-learning to knit using these methods! Thank you. Great video.
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Smile Stegner . 2020-01-01
I just saw your knit lever thing(I think that is what it's called); & I just wanted to tell you that I've had 6 heart attacks (with #5 causing me to have a quad by-pass). Anyway, after that surgery, my will to knit has left my body. That particular heart attack happened in 2011.
Now, I have yarn on my circular needles behind me (yelling at me to get busy) ,+ I have yarn on my home-made knitting loom in front of me also yelling at me to get off my arse & get busy. But, my heart isn't in it. And, I don't know how to get it back.. Thanks for letting me vent.. Oh btw, happy new year 2020!
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Jordan Taylor . 2020-01-01
Oh thank god. My mum has just shown me how to knit and she uses this method. The knitting and purling made sense. But her way of holding the needle and yarn wasn't so easy. I'm going to try these methods.

She said my grandma used to hold her needles similar to this (my mum still levers one under arm but holds the needles underhanded).

Thank you!
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Kitty Redd . 2020-01-01
My mum was Scottish this is the way she knitted, how I knit I’m all fingers n thumbs any other way . I struggle to find needles long enough nowadays as I don’t go up to Scotland very anymore πŸ˜€
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Colleen Garren . 2019-12-30
I knit with the working yarn in my left hand. I didn’t know it had a name but if I’m knitting off straight needles I like to sit cross legged and stick my left needle in the crook of my bent left knee. Works great!
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Christine Nolan . 2019-12-29
I find it very comfortable the first way you showed it, with the needle resting on my hand. Thank you.
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courag1 . 2019-12-28
I knit in many style, most styles I can knit also reverse as I learned this doing much Entrelac. I also did this to find more ways to work my fingers in which my goal was to rehabilitate my hands as I had osteoarthritis. I found what I needed to change in my diet, when that eliminated much of the pain, I went back to knitting.

I did not make anything during that period as I was working around pain. Some styles such as Lever knitting I could not do then. But as I have no longer any pain in my joints, I think I'll try Lever Knitting again.

There is also another reason I decided that I need to learn loads of knitting styles, and that is I've had two of my close relatives die with Alzheimer's Disease, and the more I do with my brain, the less likely I will end up with impairment.

The diet I am on is complete vegan which as it turns out is the most preventative of most diets out there improving or curing conditions ranging from obesity to heart disease, asthma, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, blood sugar problems, osteoporosis, swelling in the legs, the list is very long -- as well as recovery from any cold rapidly, even no longer being prone to bladder infections. I don't get them at all any more.

I gave up dairy initially and this made my hands so much better doing that alone. I can certainly tell the difference getting rid of all animal proteins and fats. It has not only made my hands feel better but all my joints. I did not only have arthritis in my hands, I had it in my back, my hips, my knees and ankles. I had been about 1/3 of the year dependent with a wheelchair or cane. Now I don't need any of that. Occasionally I get a flare up with my back but it lasts only one day.

I hope this will give those who live with daily pain new hope.

Your knitting is so relaxing to watch, you are most calm and a good teacher.
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L Moore . 2019-12-28
Can you knit with the needle under you armpit all the time? I have Psoriatic arthritis and this may help, also carpal tunnel. I really like this idea of lever knitting.
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reta strong . 2019-12-26
You are an excellent teacher. I’m a now a new subscriber.
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Lizabeth McCool . 2019-12-26
Omg. Life changed! Gonna try this out.
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Judith H . 2019-12-22
FAN TAS TIC!!!!! Great instructions! Both on how to hold, yarn hold for both ways! This was perfect for me- except I write with my left hand 😊. But I had to learn to knit right handed. I learned English style, then liked continental style, but I love this idea. Thank you for your exceptional demo.
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Elizabeth Phillips . 2019-12-20
For we non-flatchested girls, you can also put the end of the right needle down where the tummy meets the thigh to hold it and knit from there.
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Tarra McGarry . 2019-12-18
Hello, I am learning how to knit since late October. I started with Portuguese knitting but my problem I am having is with my thumbs, they get very painful holding the needles. This demonstration is amazing. My question is can you demonstrate with your left hand? Thank so much for speaking clear with a clean finish on your explanations.
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Sarah Warnick . 2019-12-15
My father is from England and always speaks of his mother knitting and having the needle tucked under her arm. This is fascinating to see :)
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GothiopiaQueen . 2019-12-11
I love your input. You have helped me a lot with knitting. Btw, you're gorgeous!
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Taylor Woods . 2019-12-11
I just started (yesterday) because my daughter asked about it I'm trying to make a scarf for her for Christmas...constantly dropping the needle is really messing me up and making me lose my place this is a great solution thank you
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BzerkBnny . 2019-12-10
welp, I've been lever knitting the whole time and I didn't know XD
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Momster Mom . 2019-12-10
My Scottish friend uses the armpit method and she knits faster than the wind! I use the other method shown. I have tried continental knitting, but I feel as clumsy as a beginning knitter...I also can’t figure out how to do things like cable. I am lucky to be able to knit and purl. I.am currently making an Aran afghan all in one piece...not in strips. For that I have to use a very long circular needle. I wish I could just use long straight needles and the armpit method...but they don’t make straight needles long enough to hold the work.
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Amanda Davis . 2019-12-09
Can you combine the lever hold with continental yarn hold and go faster, you think?
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Ramona Tortie . 2019-12-08
I thought this was the normal style. I'm English and as far as I'm aware this was how we were all taught to knit as kids. I had no idea people didn't hold the right needle in the crook between thumb and finger.
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El Catrin C . 2019-12-08
well, i already make jewelry, embroidery, leather working and drawing, why not adding knitting to the list
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Kara Es . 2019-12-07
I'm a diehard continental knitter, but I like learning new stuff, so I'm definately going to give this a try!
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Craig Famly . 2019-12-05
I’m sorry but more than five minutes in too much waffle before you get onto the technique did not make me hit like or subscribe tutorial starts at around 6.45 if people want to skip the waffling
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Zulma Hernandez . 2019-12-03
Omg 6 minutes in and she still talking before she even shows it. πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ just πŸ—£πŸ—£πŸ—£πŸ—£πŸ—£πŸ—£πŸ—£πŸ—£πŸ—£πŸ—£πŸ—£πŸ—£πŸ—£πŸ—£πŸ—£πŸ—£πŸ—£πŸ—£πŸ—£πŸ—£πŸ—£πŸ—£πŸ—£πŸ—£πŸ—£
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Madeline R . 2019-12-02
Great explanation! I will experiment with this for sure. I currently use the method (continental I think?) where the yarn is tensioned in the left hand, so imma see if I can optimize it even further by incorporating this
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Argon Wheatbelly . 2019-11-27
This looks very much like practical, normal knitting from a belt or sheath...400 years ago. Hasn't really changed, and you can even do it one-handed whilst performing other chores. Well done!
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A ODonnell . 2019-11-27
I originally learned to knit using this method, from a friend who learned this way while an exchange student in Belgium. I have never met anyone else that knits like this and never knew it was called this until now. I was reading about Shetland knitting and saw lever knitting mentioned and was very excited.
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