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How to Knit, Part 3:The Purl Stitch

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 šŸ™‚

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!

11 thoughts on “How to Knit, Part 3:The Purl Stitch”

  1. I need to learn how to knit asap.. you make it look so easy! Thanks for the series šŸ™‚ And thanks for linking up to financial friday.. youre the best!!

  2. I love your blog, and I wanted to let you know about this new blog I just started called It’s one big linky party with tons of options and categories to link up your blog and as many posts as you want! I just launched it last night, and would love for you to be apart of it! Thank you so much! If there is anything I could help you with anytime just let me know! Oh yeah… There is a really cool feature on it too! Each week there will be a featured blogger for each category! The blog with the most clicks gets featured! And each linky party will start over at the beginning of each month, so everyone can get a chance to be the first to link up. Thank you so much!

  3. Thanks for this post! I am a crocheter and am trying to learn to knit. I think I have the stockinette figured out, now if I could figure out how to read patterns! I am a new subscriber!

  4. Wow, great tutorial! You make it look so do-able, although I’m sure I could find a way to screw it up…lol. Thanks so much for sharing at Shine on Fridays; hope you’ll be back this week!

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