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Learn Continental Knitting

 

 This video provides beginners with a slow walkthrough of how to do continental style knitting - both knit and purl stitches - and talks about the challenges of learning this method, especially if you are an English knitter usually.  I start with a demo of the stitches, and then (at around 3:00) I start going through each step slowly in the main lesson.  This is not designed to be a fast tutorial; I've gone through the steps slowly on purpose so that a beginner can hopefully easily follow it. I'm not an expert at it by any means, but I hope I have got the method across...after that, it's all just practice!  Thanks for watching, and I hope this video helps you :)

In summary, a tassel is simply made from several equal lengths of yarn, which are then folded in the centre. Instead of measuring each strand out, a quicker way is to wrap yarn evenly around a rectangular container or piece of card, before then cutting the yarn along one side. Ta-dah! Equal lengths of yarn.

To then attach the tassels, you can:

a) push a crochet hook from back to front through your knitting where you want to position the tassel, hook onto the centre of the tassel and pull it partly through, put your thumb and index finger through the loop in the tassel, grab onto the tail end of the tassel, pull it through the loop, then tighten into a knot.

OR

b) wrap a short length of thread around the centre of the tassel strands, feed the thread tails into a plastic yarn needle, feed the needle through the knitting from front to back, pull the tassel partly through too, put your thumb and index finger through the loop in the tassel, grab onto the tail end of the tassel, pull it through the loop, then tighten into a knot.

 

I hope this has been useful to you :)

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