A few weeks ago, I started getting pains in my right arm, due to knitting. It uasally happens once or twice a year. But this time it feelt more severe than before, and one day the muscle just beneath the elbow on my right arm started looking red and swollen. Since I am practically addicted to knitting, and can`t picture my life with out this beloved hobby, I was terrified I had to stop knitting for a month or so. But then my friend told me about a youtube video of Yarn Harlot knitting. She uses a technique called Irish cottage knitting. It is supposed to be more ergonomic, in addition to MUCH faster.
So I decided to learn this technique. But that was easier said than done! Usually when I have problem with my knitting, or try to learn something new, I just Google it and find the answers in a matter of minutes. I had the video of yarn harlot knitting, and an other youtube video of here knitting, with a slow motion part.
I used a couple of hours searching the web for something more, but there don`t seems to be any pictures or instruction videos anywhere. And since I live in Norway, going to one of Yarn Harlots courses is way to expensive. But the technique was mentioned from time to time on forums, and some people seemed to think the technique was the same as lever-action knitting. So I found this webpage with instructions. But I had also read that this lever-action knitting was the same technique as Peruvian knitting. On youtube I found a really helpful video on Peruvian knitting:
I sat for some time, trying to learn this form of knitting. And since I noticed it was easier on my right arm, I was tempted to leave my quest and be contented with what I had discovered. But I wanted to finish what I started, and my search continued. There seemed to be more knitters out there, looking for some information on the Irish cottage knitting.
The most helpful web page I found was a blog called “the Daily skein”. Where you can read about Cailyn, and her search for the same information that I have been looking for. The most helpful thing I learned from here post, was that there is no information on the internet on Irish cottage knitting. There is the two youtube video mentioned earlier. Then there is a group on Ravelry with people that has been to the Yarn Harlots courses, where I found some pictures of how to hold the yarn in you right hand. But basically, I have watched the videos of Yarn Harlot countless times to figure out this technique. I found that the Peruvian knitting is quite similar to the Irish cottage knitting, when you knit with double-pointed needles. So the video on how to knit Peruvian was very helpful.
I have now been knitting using the Irish cottage knit for a couple of weeks, switching between DPNs and strait needles. And it is a big adjustment for me, having knitted continental style for 20 years. But I am starting to understand it, and get a good rhythm. It will however take some time til I am able to knit faster than I used to, using continental style.
If you are out on the same quest as I have been, please don´t hesitate to ask questions or share you own thrilling story of you search with me