Are you a ‘picker’? Are you a ‘thrower’? Curious minds (mine) want to know!
The knitting method and the knitter’s preference determine how a knitter holds the yarn and needles. I’ve watched ‘pickers’ knit and I’ve watched ‘throwers’ knit and both methods provide good control over the yarn with an even flow of working yarn and consistent gauge.
The American/English style knitters, affectionately called ‘throwers’ hold the working yarn in their right hand and ‘throw’ it around the working needle. The Continental/German style knitters, affectionately called ‘pickers’ hold the working yarn threaded around the left hand. They are called ‘pickers’ because they pick that yarn through the first stitch on the resting needle.
Some say the ‘pickers’ are much faster knitters because there is less movement. I have timed myself knitting both ways and don’t see a noticeable difference in speed. I do wonder if the ‘pickers’ have fewer knitting injuries because the repetition has a smaller range of motion.
There is great beauty in watching a knitter’s hands at work. I enjoyed taking these photographs and seeing, in particular, how each knitter anchored her yarn. Most anchored it around their pinkies. All felt that they had found what worked best for them saying there was no right or wrong way.
I’m curious to see which method is more popular. If you are a knitter, will you please take a moment for the poll telling me which method you use?