Hello everyone! If you’ve been following along, you’ll remember that I started a “How to Knit” series a short while back. If not, take a peek at the previous posts and you can catch up in no time. Remember, I’m just learning this stuff too, so don’t be intimidated! On that note, if you don’t like my methods or my directions aren’t clear enough, take a look around online and on YouTube, there’s plenty of resources out there. I won’t be offended at all, honest 🙂
So far we’ve covered how to cast on and how to do the knit stitch. Today we’ll take a look at the purl stitch, one of the other fundamental stitches in learning to knit. If you learn these three things, you are well on your way to being a knitter.
Start with your two knitting needles facing one another. Notice I’m starting from a row of just cast-on stitches.
Poke your empty right needle up and through the front of the first stitch on the left needle. Your needles should now be criss-crossed with the right one in front of the left.
Wrap the yarn up and around that front needle, going in a counter-clockwise direction.
With that new loop of yarn in place, slide the tip of your right needle down, to the right, and slip the first stitch off of the left needle.
You’re now ready to purl another stitch. You may notice that this is very similar to the knit stitch, you’re just working at everything from the front instead of the back.
Oh, and now that you’ve learned to knit and purl, you can combine them do the stockinette stitch. The stockinette is very popular and is formed by knitting one row and purling one row, keeping up that pattern.
Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned for another part of the series, coming soon!