How to purl knit: knitting for beginners

If you learn to knit, you’ll knit point under control now.

The next essential stitch you need to learn is how to purl stitch. Follow our four step-by-step instructions for beginners and you’ll be mastering the purl stitch in no time.

What is a purl stitch?

A purl stitch is the opposite of a knit stitch. The purl stitch is formed in the same way as a straight stitch, only the needle is inserted from back to front, and the thread is in front instead of behind.



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To make purl stitches, reverse the action of the plain stitches.

What does a knit purl stitch look like?

It’s easy to tell the difference between a purl row and a knit row. A knitted stitch looks like a small “V”. At the same time, an upside-down row will look like small rows of bumps.

Follow our simple steps for beginners.

STEP 1


HOW TO PULL KNIT FOR BEGINNERS

Holding the needle with all the stitches in your left hand and making sure the yarn is at the front of your work, insert the right needle into the front loop of your first stitch as shown.

2ND STEP


HOW TO KNIT PURPLE

Wrap the yarn around the tip of the right needle from right to left in a counterclockwise direction, constantly maintaining a slight tension on the yarn.

STEP 3


HOW TO KNIT PURPLE

Now slip the right needle into the stitch, making sure to catch the yarn you already wrapped around the needle. This creates a stitch on your right needle.

STEP 4


HOW TO PURGE

Pushing the tip of the right needle a little further into the stitch you just created, pull the original loop up and off the left needle. This is your first purl stitch! Repeat steps 1-4 across the entire row.

How to start knitting

If you need a reminder to cast on your knitting needles, here are two common methods.

Both have different advantages but are very easy to master.

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