Learning to Flick

I’ve tried to teach myself to knit continental but what I discovered is that when I knit in continental, my guage is SOOOO much looser which is very frustrating. I heard about this technique call “flick knitting” which is a modified version of of the standard English-style knitting that I learned but instead of letting go of the needle to wrap the yarn around, the yarn is wrapped around the index finger and “flicked” onto the working needle.

Even though I’m left-handed and knit completely backwards, this video really helped me get the hang of flick knitting. I have discovered that if I’m working with big needles or particularly bulky yarn, flicking is a lot harder to do consistently. With fingering, sport, DK or worsted, I do okay with the flick knitting.

This video starts with her version of flick purling but she doesn’t slow down to show the movements right away. Stick with it, if you’re curious about flick purling.

I’m not as good with flick purling though so I think I’ll re-watch Ms. VeryPinkKnits video again and see if I can get the hang of flicking.

How do you knit? Have you tried to change your technique or learn a different method?

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Tools: Karbonz Interchangeable Needle Midi Set

Karbonz interchangeable needles

I used my Marsala Waves scarf as my first opportunity to try out my new set of Knitter’s Pride Karbonz Interchangeable knitting needles in the midi set*. The midi set includes five sets of needle tips in US sizes 2.5, 3, 4, 5, and 6. The set came in a clear plastic and raw silk case with elastic straps to hold the needles. In the back flap, there are two cords, plastic end caps and a couple needle keys to tighten the needles onto the cables.

If you’ve used Knit Picks interchangeable needle sets, you’ll be happy to know that the cords from the Knit Picks sets will also work with the Karbonz set. I found this handy when I started working on my Maisie Cloche and needed a shorter cord/cable.

There’s room in the case to add additional needle sets. I’m inclined to purchase some of the smaller needle sizes because I think these would be great sock knitting needles.

Karbonz interchangeable needles

The tips of the needles are quite sharp and metal so stitches slide easily onto the needles. The body of the needles are the smooth, black carbon fiber. The carbon fiber is smooth without being slick and has the advantage of feeling warm to the touch like a wood needle without the stickiness. Carbon fiber is basically unbreakable but still a little flexible so doing tight “k3tog” or “sl 8sts over as if to bind-off” should not bend or break these needles.

Karbonz interchangeable needles

The cords were a little too twisty when I got the set and need to be steamed to smooth them out but I haven’t gotten around to it yet. Since I discovered that the Knit Picks cables work, I’ve just been using those until I can haul myself into the kitchen and stand over the tea kettle with the cables. Its sheer laziness that I haven’t done it yet.

Karbonz interchangeable needles

The pouch in the back of the case has plenty of room for additional cables and other notions. Knitter’s Pride included plastic ID tags with the needle sizes printed on them but I haven’t figured out how or why to use them since the sizes are printed in white on the black carbon of each needle anyway.

On the downside, these needles is seeing dark yarn on the dark needle. The first two projects that I’ve knitted using these needles both happened to be fairly dark jewel-toned yarns so sitting in the couch, in the dark, watching tv was a bit of a challenge. I eventually had to turn a light on to clearly count my stitches.

Also, the joins do seem to catch the yarn a bit. I noticed it more often than when I use my Knit Picks metal and wooden interchangeables. But maybe my expectations were higher so I was paying closer attention?

Karbonz interchangeable needles

Like every knitter I know, I can never have enough knitting needles so I’m happy to add this set to my collection.

*I purchased my set on Amazon but other sellers also list this as the starter set so I’m not sure what the correct naming is for it.