Recently I’ve been experimenting with different knitting styles to try and increase my knitting ergonomics and speed. So far, I’ve tried combination, Portuguese, and lever knitting- none of which helped my thumb pain I was experiencing when knitting. About a week ago I decided to take matters into my right hand and try flicking.
I’ve never knit with my right hand- I’m usually a continental knitter. But since I’ve started this new knitting method, I don’t have thumb pain and knitting is getting faster and more fun. I thought I’d sure my experience with flicking and show you my method.
Flicking involves using your right hand to tension your yarn. Rather than let go of the needle as per usual with throwing, you “flick” the yarn by pivoting the needle downward. Staci from Very Pink Knits did a very thorough tutorial on this technique.
I love this method of knitting because I find it faster, as well as more comfortable. You make quite small motions with your fingers, and I feel like I can get into a really nice groove with it. I also think it’s more convenient to actually pick up the yarn when it’s on the right side.
My Modifications and Tips
Knitting is different for everyone, so experiment with flicking until you get comfortable with it. It does take practice, but don’t give up! Once you get the hang of it, it will totally change your knitting for the better.
I’ve mad some modifications to the flicking technique that Staci demonstrated. If you’re having trouble, try them out and see if they help you.
- Instead of holding my yarn so that it goes behind the index, I hold it with the yarn in front. I think it’s easier to maintain tension this way.
- The easiest way to hold your yarn is by wrapping it once around the pinky and then 1-3 times around the index depending on the tension that you need.
- It’s borderline impossible to knit this way if your yarn falls into the crook of your index finger. Make sure to maintain tension if you want to keep the yarn up on that index finger. Seriously, most problems with flicking come from not keeping your yarn in the vicinity of the first knuckle of the index finger.
- Practice with this on something that gradually increases in difficulty. A great thing to practice with is some worsted weight plain jane socks. I like this pattern for practicing new knitting methods.
I hope that this post helps you with your flicking journey! It’s an amazing method, so I would highly advise trying it at least one. You never know- maybe you’re a flicker at heart.
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