How to control the tension when you knit Continental (Scandinavian) style. ARNE & CARLOS



In this short video, we answer an great question that we asked a while back. How to control the tension when you knit Continental (Scandinavian) style? Get the answer here, and don’t forget to subscribe to our channel!

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How to control the tension when you knit Continental (Scandinavian) style. ARNE & CARLOS

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38 comments for “How to control the tension when you knit Continental (Scandinavian) style. ARNE & CARLOS

  1. July 14, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    Love you guys and the video. I'm getting better at the Norwegian style and my tension looks better. I still don't get the 1st and last stitch thing. Hope you can explain it again. Thanks for posting this.

  2. July 14, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    Love! Love! Gonna practice Norwegian style knitting.

  3. July 14, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    When you knit the Norwegian way with a very fine yarn such as sock yarn, do you tension it any differently? I can knit in your style very easily with heavier yarn but when I knit socks, it is hard to keep that fine yarn tensioned! 🙂 It keeps slipping away! Thank you for all your wonderful videos Arne and Carlos! They have been so helpful to me.

  4. July 14, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    I now do this your way…much more relaxing. More fun. I knit faster. Thank you1

  5. July 14, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    Thank you!

  6. July 14, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    I needed this video. Very helpful for me as I'm an American knitter

  7. July 14, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    Arne and Carlos could you please make some video on beginners knitting because as a new knitter I think you guys would be better for me to learn from thank you

  8. July 14, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    Thank you so much for your help. I actually crochet, but have always been interested in learning about knitting, there's something about it that I like, especially about knitting socks, wish I don't know how lol but would love to. On any case thanks 🤗🤗

  9. July 14, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    WOW !!! That's how I knit !!! I did teach myself off of YouTube and your tutorial is very informative !!!
    Thanks you so much !!!

  10. July 14, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    Hello guys i am a new knitter and i was going true different video on YouTube and I want to let you guys no I love because you take p so much easier for me thank you

  11. July 14, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    This is fantastic and I adore your videos. Now I am off to practice Norwegian knitting.

  12. July 14, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    I've seen people knitting like this online but never a tutorial. I'm a beginner, but that looks so much easier than the way I do it. Thanks! 🙂

  13. July 14, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    Sweet. Thanks.

  14. July 14, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    What a helpful video! I've been teaching myself how to knit recently, and have been enjoying it much more now that I'm able to relax and not think too much about it. 😊

  15. July 14, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    Loved the ‘dominate color’ video. Tension is the key. Pick your style and go with it –
    Could not help but notice you insect collection – did you do that yourselves?
    Beautiful Lepidoptera!

  16. July 14, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    I have been a knitter for 48 years. I was taught the throwing method. For years I have been trying different ways of holding the yarn for the Continental method with no success in achieving an even tension. The Norwegian way of holding the yarn in this video is finally THE WAY that makes for even tension!!! Hurray! We are never too old to learn new ways and I am glad I never gave up. Thank you for this video, the Norwegian purling and stranded knitting videos also. I have believed all the nonsense about dominant colors and now can throw that out the window. Good riddance! Thank you!

  17. July 14, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    I'm an experienced knitter and don't really need the advice, but it is just a pleasure to watch you and I always have the feeling I'm sitting there with you and we knit together. You are lovely guys and I think for beginners its highly educational to watch your videos. Thank you and all the best, Susanne

  18. July 14, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    Fascinating – I had never realised that "continental" is not "continental"! It seems the Norwegian/Scandinavian way is quite different to the Swiss way that I was taught – you see the Swiss way in famous paintings by Albert Anker, for example.
    But then again, "English" also doesn't equal "English", either, as again, it will depend how you hold the needles (or don't hold all the time!) and use the yarn…
    It all goes to show that there is no right or wrong – Swiss girls were always taught that there is only one "right" way to do things, which drives me crazy!! (I originally learnt to knit from an English great-aunt and later from Swiss friends, so that is also why I hold colourwork yarns in two hands, sorry Arne & Carlos, but it works for me!)

  19. July 14, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    I am so glad I came across this video, I have been struggling with how to hold my yarn as a beginner knitter.

  20. July 14, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    Jeff Golblum and Woody Allen knit! LOL!

  21. July 14, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    Oh how did I miss this video lol? I have been pausing and rewinding and back-and-forth forever to catch a glimpse at where Arne’s yarn goes to visit after his index finger 😂😂😂 I hate that I feel like I need a little weight attached to my yarn to feel secure..boooo honestly I knit tight on whatever needle I’m using :/ I’m new to knitting and I know I have it all backwards in my thinking. I think I use my hands to maneuver the yarn instead of finger 🤷🏼‍♀️ because when I’m having to consciously remember to loosen up I literally lose the yarn off my finger, or have to pull and retighten the yarn, or worse I’ve even reached my needle way out of range to catch yarn 😂😂😂Now I can practice with this great video. Thank you so much.

  22. July 14, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    yes. though i wrap the yarn fro the ball around my pinkie, rather than taking off my wedding ring/getting the yarn snagged on my wedding ring.

  23. July 14, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    This is great. I recently taught myself to knit Norwegian-style after knitting English for 10 years. I was able to knit fast, but I would get terrible cramping in my right hand due to the way I was holding the yarn to tension. Since switching to the Norwegian way of holding the yarn I can knit for longer periods with no pain at all. I love it!

  24. July 14, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    Just made my mom watch this because she always tells me to stop fighting my tension and just go a needle size down (I'm a looser-ish knitter) and not think about it. A mother is always right.

  25. July 14, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    Watching Arne knit (doll videos) really challenged me to learn this way of knitting.  I'm a left handed knitter so all knitting techniques present a challenge.  I am using this way of knitting more and find my stitches to be more even, however I do find I knit tighter, but change the tool, right Carlos?  Love the videos.

  26. July 14, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    I love all of your videos! Thank you!!!!! ❤️🐑❤️

  27. July 14, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    I am a LONG TIME knitter (thrower)… wanting badly to use your style! Thank you for the inspiration! My hands cramp because i have a hard time keeping over my finger… I may get there yet..:) I so enjoy watching you. My SIL (not a knitter but wanting to move to your country) is thrilled to have the link i sent to her! She has changed her name back to Johansson. My husband's GF was from Stockholm:) GrammaBabs

  28. July 14, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    I have to thank y’all for finally showing me a method of knitting holding the working yarn in my left hand I can actually do. I am an English style knitter and have desperately been trying to knit Continental for some time. The issue has always been a comfortable way to hold the yarn. Y’all are knitting wizards! Thank you again from Kentucky

  29. July 14, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    Love you guys!

  30. July 14, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    My apologies. After writing below yesterday I found the youtube video on the purl stitch. These are really great videos and both Arne and Carlos are really great teachers. I am used to knitting the English way as I am right handed so I am finding it a little difficult to knit while holding the yarn in the left hand. Hopefully by using this method of the Norwegian Way I should be able to get better. I saw the German method that they mentioned and thought that although it was good I would find it very difficult to do. I have tried it a little and so I do not think that I will be doing it that way again. Many thanks to Arne and Carlos for doing these videos and I hope they keep this up as it is a pleasure to listen to them.

  31. July 14, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    This is an eye opener.. thank you and Happy Holidays!

  32. July 14, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    I feel the same way as CraftyStockinette, this is great for the knit stitch but I too would like to know how to do this for the purl stitch. Please do a video on the Purl Stitch continental knitting style.

  33. July 14, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    Just watching you both has decreased my anxiety about learning your style of knitting. I'm a beginner… basically… and am going to focus on learning this style…seems more efficient. Thanks!

  34. July 14, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    This was very helpful! Thanks!

  35. July 14, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    This demonstration is exactly what I was looking for. Thank you! Yes! I would love to see how you purl as well.
    i will watch that next.

  36. July 14, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    That's how I taught myself to knit! I didn't know it was the Norwegian style!

  37. July 14, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    thank you thank you this helped alot.

  38. July 14, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    what brand of yarn do u use? is it exclusive to Europe? it appears a sport of fingering weight

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