A Way to Hold Yarn That is Gentle on Fingers – Continental Knitting

Alternative Way to Hold Yarn in Continental Knitting

This tutorial is about a simple technique that I learned from Robyne – a skilled (and amazingly creative!) knitter in our knitting community. She was looking for a way to make Continental purling easier and faster. As she put it in her email to me: “I find it so difficult to do the purl stitch as I have arthritic fingers – but I refuse to let them stop me.” What an amazing determination!

In her attempt to simplify purling, Robyne discovered a more comfortable way to hold yarn that makes it easier to bring the yarn to the front of the work for purling.

This simple way of holding yarn also minimizes the need to flex fingers and helps control yarn tension without wrapping the yarn around fingers. That makes this method very gentle on our hands.

All of these advantages will benefit any knitter but are especially helpful to knitters whose fingers could get stiff because of arthritis or other issues.

So with many thanks to Robyne and her creativity, let’s take a look at an alternative way to hold yarn in Continental knitting.

Because our left fingers are not restrained by holding yarn, we can easily use them to help us work each stitch in the most comfortable way possible.

All of these benefits come from a slightly different way to hold yarn discovered by a creative knitter looking for better ways to knit.


The full step-by-step photo tutorial about this method, is a part of the Knitting Collection #4. Once you order your copy of this collection, you will instantly receive a “big PDF” (351 pages!) with this and 47 other tutorials included in the collection.

You will also receive one e-book and two knitting patterns as a special bonus, so go ahead and get it all right now before you forget 😊


If you enjoyed this tutorial,
here’s something else you might find helpful:

“Matching Cast Ons and Bind Offs” Book

Discover six pairs of cast on and bind off methods that form identical edges on projects worked flat and in the round.

“Neat Side Edges” Book

Learn twelve ways to make side edges of a knitted project nice and tidy. Plus, ways to fix side edges, and a way to improve edges of finished projects.


Happy knitting!

Maryna Shevchenko - www.10rowsaday.com

A Way to Hold Yarn That is Gentle on Fingers - Continental Knitting | 10 rows a day
A Way to Hold Yarn That is Gentle on Fingers - Continental Knitting | 10 rows a day
A Way to Hold Yarn That is Gentle on Fingers - Continental Knitting | 10 rows a day