What a American Lasso Style knitter do is completely remove her right hand from the needle to lasso/wrap the yarn. It is rather painful for me to watch–but that’s just the right way for that knitter (it’s all about being in the moments, no right or wrong.)
The fastest knitter I’ve seen was a 80ish-year-old gal in my old home town (Lafayette, California) who knits English-style–her hands never left the right needle. It’s the same way I knit. I used the right knitting needle, in a pencil hold like a shuttle, and the yarn is held on the tip of my index finger.
Remember the speed of Sheltand knitters? Here is a video of a Shetland style-knitter from 2008:
I learned to knit both English and Continental style–terrific for fair-isle/color knitting. I do know there are slow and fast knitters in both camps. My suggestion is to experiment with both styles. Try Continental but don’t dismiss different ways of knitting English Style either. What ever method you choose, have fun and not let your knitting become work! 😀
Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!