I taught myself to knit 47 years ago after many failed attempts to learn the English Method from my mother. My brain must work differently than most, because I ended up as a Combined Knitter. Honestly, the way the stitch sits on the needle and holding the strand on the left to pick rather than throw the yarn just makes a lot more sense to me.
I did have some problems early on - a lot of unintentionally twisted ribbing, incorrectly slanted increases/decreases - but I scoured libraries for resources (pre-internet) and finally discovered Mary Thomas’ classic knitting book which allowed me to understand stitch direction and to re-engineer increases and decreases. It has been smooth sailing since then, except for when I knit in public. I cannot tell you how many times I have been told I knit incorrectly. I politely explain that I just knit “upside down and backwards” and that is why they cannot understand it and why I cannot teach others to knit.
To be honest, this method allows me to knit very fast and purl even faster. I love it, but feel like I am on a desert island because of my technique. Anyone else have a similar story?