English method

(yarn in the right hand) Left hand: hold the needle with the stitches in your left hand with your thumb lying along the needle, your index finger resting on top near the tip and the remaining fingers curled under the needle to support it. The thumb and the index finger control the stitches and the tip of the needle. Right hand: pass the yarn over the index finger under the middle and over the third finger The yarn lies between the nail and the first joint and the index finger'throws'the yarn around the right-hand needle when knitting. The yarn should be able to move freely and is tensioned between the middle and third finger.You can wrap the yarn around the little finger if you feel it is too loose and it keeps falling off your fingers. Hold the empty needle in your right hand with your thumb lying along the needle, your index finger near the tip and the remaining fingers curled under the needle to support it (see right hand in Continental method).

Some knitters prefer to hold the end of the right-hand needle under their right arm, anchoring it firmly. Whilst knitting this needle remains still and the right hand is above the needle and moves the yarn around it.

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