The other day, at Knit Fit, I took a class from Lisa Ellis (if you live in the PNW and get a chance to take one of her classes- do it!). And in it, I learned two things:
- How to spell Portuguese. (Did you know it has two u’s in it?)
- How to knit in the Portuguese style.
Have you ever seen someone knit like this before? It’s crazy! I’ll try to explain it, but I can’t promise it’ll make sense:
You have your ball of yarn on your right side, and kind of weave the yarn through the fingers of your right hand, then wrap the yarn over your neck or through a pin (like this one) attached to the front of your shirt.
Then, instead of throwing the yarn like you would while knitting continental, you kind of… flick the yarn with your left hand.
It blows my mind.
Here’s a video (if you want to teach yourself, this YouTube-er has some pretty good videos, but they’re not all in English):
The craziest thing about this style of knitting is that you end up knitting inside out! Since your yarn is basically tied to the front of your shirt, it’s hard to get it behind your knitting (for the knit stitch). So, since it’s so much easier to purl, when you’re working in the round, you just purl all the time! I started making a hat, and it’s inside-out!
Then, when it’s finished, I’ll turn it inside-out!
And, bonus, knitting stranded color work inside-out like this means that you don’t have to worry about your floats making the fabric all pucker-y. Don’t ask me how- it just works!
Have you ever done Portuguese knitting? What style do you like to knit?