These are examples of knitting styles others may refer to:
What's the difference?
Other than obvious name confusion there's not alot of difference. You may have presumed from the name game that the main difference is right and left handed. It really is that simple.
Do you work your incoming yarn from the left hand or the right?
Lefties are called by the top names and righties by the lower names.
You may have seen people working on their knitting who take many more steps than you or someone who you thought was knitting improperly but could really fly on those sticks. Perhaps this is why. This video gives a great example of both versions and a terrific explanation as to which is faster. If you're a crocheter trying your hand at knitting you can benefit from this video, too!
I taught myself how to knit Continental and often have people tell me that I'm knitting incorrectly. That's okay with me. I get the same results in half the time and save my precious right arm alot of trouble!
By the way, there are other ways to knit, but one headache a day is enough. ;-)
Thanks JadieLady! She sent me this link in a comment and gave me the idea.