Quick Clips: Knits & Purls

Knits & Purls

Techniques on this page:

The Knit Stitch

The Purl Stitch

Through the Back Loop

Understanding stitch mount

Norwegian purl

Portuguese purl

Left-handed purling, 3 ways

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The Knit Stitch –

The foundation of all knitting, the knit stitch is the very first thing you learn. You can actually go pretty far in a knitting lifetime with knowing only this stitch, too! We’ll show you the basics, along with a few different ways to hold the working yarn.

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The Purl Stitch –

The purl stitch is the opposite of the knit, and they work together to create the typical stockinette knitting fabric. We’ll show you how to work this “wrong side” stitch and open up whole new possibilities for your knitting.

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Through the Back Loop –

Working through the back loop (tbl, kbl, pbl) involves the same process as regular knitting or purling; the only difference is how you first insert the needle into the stitch. Working through the back loop twists the stitches and reverses the stitch mount from what we typically think of with knitting.

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Understanding stitch mount – 

Stitch mount is the term used for the position of a stitch on the needle; if you can learn how to recognize stitch mount when you see it, you’ll be able to avoid twisting your stitches from here on out!

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Norwegian purl

For anyone who doesn’t like switching yarn from back to front, the Norwegian purl can be a solution! Learn how to purl with the yarn held behind your work in this clip:

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Portuguese purl

The Portuguese purl helps solve tension issues, because in this purl you hold the yarn around your neck or attach it to a pin on your lapel. This way you can just focus on making the stitch and not tensioning the yarn. Watch how:

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Left-handed purling, 3 ways

If you like to hold the yarn in your left hand as you complete stitches, this video will show you three different ways to purl. The first is to use your index finger to wrap the yarn, the second uses the thumb to wrap the yarn, and the third involves involves letting the right needle do all the work. Maybe one of these techniques will help you streamline your knitting!

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