Have you heard of knitting with a knitting pin or with your yarn around your neck? You'll have to see it to believe it, and lucky for us we have a video of today's guest blogger, Andrea Wong, who is on a mission to share with North American knitters the Portuguese style of knitting.
I believe life is about love. And one thing I love to do is to knit! I have been knitting since I was seven years old and teaching the Portuguese style of knitting for the last six years. This is one of the oldest styles of knitting, but still very new to knitters in North America. The major difference is that you “wear your yarn”—either the yarn is tensioned around the neck or you wear it around a knitting pin placed on your left shoulder.
People always ask me what the advantages are of this style compared to the American and German styles. In my opinion, with Portuguese knitting:
1) Purling is easier than knitting—and I know a lot of knitters who avoid purling! In fact, in Portuguese knitting, the purl stitch is so easy to perform that many people who knit in the Portuguese style make the purl stitch the dominant stitch, enabling them to work hats and garments inside out.
2) It requires very little maneuvering of your hands. You do not have to keep your index finger straight up and tire out your left arm as in the Continental style. Likewise, you do not have to move your right arm and right shoulder with every stitch like in the English style.
3) Even for beginners, tension tends to be even because you wrap the yarn around the needle consistently.
4) Vision-impaired knitters rejoice that they know exactly where the yarn is at all times during their knitting.
(Click here to watch the video on YouTube.com if you can't see it within this blog post.)
I hope you enjoy this video clip of me knitting in the Portuguese style from Knitting Daily TV Series 300. I demonstrate this stitch with a very easy beginner’s project—these adorable baby booties that I originally designed for PieceWork magazine, now available for free download on Knitting Daily.
My DVD has the same title, The Portuguese Style of Knitting, and it covers the knit stitch, the purl stitch, ribbing, increases, decreases, knitting with beads, and knitting with two colors—plus many basic knitting techniques.
Although I have been teaching all over the country and abroad, this was my first time teaching on TV. It seemed so intimidating at first but it was a very good experience! The hosts are great and made me feel very comfortable and welcome. Behind the scenes, I met the most interesting and inspiring knitters. I hope you are inspired to learn more at www.andreawongknits.com.
Yours in knitting,