I'm working the bodies of the fish in fair isle, which is something I'm not very good at. I've done a little bit, but in such small amounts that I have no skill with it. I normally knit Continental style, with the yarn held over my left index finger. I've tried to knit with both yarns on my left hand, but I cannot get the hang of one yarn on the index finger and one yarn on the middle finger. Having both yarns on the index finger works pretty well, until the yarns get too close and then picking up the upper yarn in a PITA.
So, as Elizabeth Zimmerman advocates, I am knitting with one yarn held in the left hand (Continental style) and one yarn held in the right hand (English style). Or at least trying to knit this way. How do people knit English? I know that I am new to it and really really slow, but I have to drop the needle every time I make a stitch! Crazy! Is this how you really do it? Is there something I am missing?
|See that? A whole hand, off the needle!|
|Even Brett thinks this method needs some reevaluating.|