The Continental method of knitting requires that you hold the working yarn in your left hand. Those knitters who utilize this style are often referred to as “pickers”. In the Continental style, the working yarn remains fairly stationary while the right needle is wielded to do most of the work. For this reason, mastery of the Continental style can result in faster knitting.
Insert your right needle in the first stitch from right to left. (This is done the same way in both American and Continental methods.)
With the yarn in your left hand, you will then wrap the working yarn around the right needle counter-clockwise (from right to left).
Use the right needle tip to draw the wrapped yarn back through the stitch you first entered.
Slide the stitch off of the left needle and you are left with your first completed purl stitch on your right needle.
Last updated by Kate Nov 30, 2009.