Technical Tuesday: Picking or Throwing

I was listening to a podcast and the podcaster was talking about picking and throwing. I wasn’t really sure what this meant, so I figured I should look it up and share with the class.

Essentially, throwing is when you use your finger to wrap the yarn around the needle. Picking is when you use the yarn to pick up the yarn from your finger in order to knit. Throwing is more common, but picking is supposed to be faster. I found this video which integrates some picking techniques into throwing, so you can increase your speed.


For anyone who gets pain after knitting for too long, you may way to try to change up your knitting style; if you pick, try throwing or vice versa. It is probably slightly more ergonomic to switch up your knitting style every now and again, rather than knitting in one attitude for so long. Similar to jobs that have an excessive amount of computer work, you are supposed to get up and move around every 20 minutes to prevent pain.

Picking is more commonly used in the continental method, where the yarn is held in the left hand.