It’s time to learn the Purl Stitch! Now that you know the Knit Stitch, you are ready to learn the other basic stitch in knitting. Once you see the abbreviation “P” in future knitting patterns, you’ll be purling stitches like a pro!
ABOUT THE PURL STITCH
Think of Purling as creating an inverted Knit stitch. In your knitting, for each stitch, there is a Knit and Purl side.
It’s like the head and tail of a coin. Each Stitch (coin) has a Knit side (head) and a Purl side (tail). And, yes, it is spelled PURL. The origin of the word purl is derived from the Middle English word Pirl, which means twist.
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HOW TO PURL STITCH IN KNITTING
- Hold the knitting needle with the stitches on it in your left hand.
- Hold the knitting needle without any stitches in your right hand.
- With the yarn in the front of your work, insert the right needle from back to the front of the first stitch, or you can think of it as straight into it. Your right knitting needle will be resting over your left needle.
- Starting with your yarn in the front, wrap your yarn around the right side of your right needle counter-clockwise direction, finishing with your yarn in the front of your needles again.
- Slide the right needle down and bring the point from front to back of the stitch, bringing the yarn with it.
- Slip the old stitch off the left needle. Now the new stitch is on your right needle.
CONTINUE PURLING THE ENTIRE ROW
- Repeat these four steps for each stitch on your left needle.
- At the end of the row, all the new purled stitches are on your right needle now and your left knitting needle is empty.
KNIT AND PURL PATTERNS
Combinations of these two knitting techniques, knit and purl, to create an infinite number of textures and patterns. When you knit every row, you are creating what is called the most basic Garter Knit Stitch Pattern.
When you Knit one row then Purl the next, you are creating the Stockinette Knit Stitch Pattern. Oh, you’re getting fancy now! Find all of my Favorite Beginning Knit Stitch Patterns you’ll be ready to tackle once you know how to Purl!
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