In her book, Elizabeth says she a slowish knitter, making about 50 stitches a minute. I was curious where I fell, in terms of knitting speed, so I timed myself, too. I'm super slow, apparently, getting maybe 34 stitches per minute. I did better when I quit looking at the work and watched tv, which makes me think overthinking my speed trips me up. You know, like when you realize someone is watching you eat and suddenly you can't get your fork into your mouth correctly?
I then quickly bring the tip of the right needle under the yarn and to the left to pull it through the stitch on the left needle in one hooking motion.
My hands never leave the needles and it really does move faster than knitting in English style.
When knitting continental, I can easily knit too tightly without trying. Guys, I'm using a size 5 needle in a worsted weight sweater! That never happens anymore. I feel like real people again!
If I have a hard time continuing in continental, sbnyc (ravelry name) in the SSKAL group recommended flicking. It's a bit of a combo style. The right hand carries the yarn, but never leaves the needle to throw it. If I hadn't already decided to experiment with continental, I probably would have stuck with flicking.
The real trick to continental is purling. I'm still doing that like I'm in rehab. I can't make my fingers do what I want them to do. And it's very, very slow. This isn't really problem on this sweater because it's mostly worked in the round, but on my Featherweight it's killing me. Then, as if on cue, Webs posted a video of this speed purl method that may be worth a try. I've been focusing on my Ease, so I haven't had a chance to really try it, but it looks promising.