As most Norwegian kids I was taught to knit the continental way and I've knitted that way ever since. When I first moved to England 22 years ago people used to tell me I knitted the wrong way when they saw me knit. Now, most of the comments I get is about how fast I knit. Even at Spring Harvest a lady came up to me at the end of a seminar and asked about my knitting style. A lot of people say I'm the fastest knitter they've ever seen.
The fastest I can knit, when I've timed myself (and yes I've timed myself - sad, I know) is 90 stitches a minute. The world record belongs to a Dutch lady, Miriam Tegel, and is 118 stitches per minute. She's a continental knitter too. My ambition is to challenge the world record one day.
Even if your ambitions isn't to challenge Miriam for the world record, most knitters would like to knit faster. The main reason I think continental knitting is faster is because the movements are much smaller. You may not become the worlds fastest knitter after this class but I think it will speed up your knitting.
Watch my video here, where i tell you more about this class.
I teach the Norwegian purl instead of the continental purl. The continental purl brings the yarn forward for purl stitches just like the English purl stitch. With Norwegian purl the yarn stays at the back all the time. So combined knit and purl stitches like ribs, moss/seed stitch are much quicker and easier to work.