thisgoodlife has asked how to keep tension while knitting and purling continental so I knocked up this little tutorial for her and you.
I knit exactly the same way as everyone else except I hold the yarn in my left hand. The yarn is in my hand and then wrapped around my forefinger:
To knit, I insert the needle in through the front loop:
Then I move the right needle and the left forefinger slightly to get:
Now I pull the needle back through to make the new stitch.
To purl it's done in exactly the same way:
Now move your forefinger down in FRONT of your work:
Move needle through to create new stitch, raise finger slightly and slide stitch off left needle:
You can now knit continental!