The method I use for knitting & purling has been christened Combination Knitting, and I am afraid that because it is different, it has long been considered a “wrong” way to knit.
Thus, I am a knitting heretic.
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Mary Walker Phillips discusses this technique in her 1961 book Creative Knitting and Priscilla Gibson-Roberts explains the three main methods of knitting (Western, Eastern & Combination) in the Fall 2000 Interweave Knits Magazine and her wonderful book, Knitting In The Old Way.
As the name implies, it’s a combination of Western (or German/ English/ American) style knitting and Eastern knitting (more often seen in Asia, Africa, South America and Islamic countries than in Europe.)
I find that this method of knitting is easier and quicker, creates a nicer tension with less “rowing out” and is much easier on the hands (less wrist strain.)
If this method is different than how you’ve been taught, give it a try and you may discover a new love of knitting blooming! If you’re a first time knitter – enjoy! You can master this right away!
This method also creates an incredibly even stitch – my knitting is frequently compared to machine knitting for it’s regular tension and even stitching.