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Purl Stitch

The purl stitch is really a knit stitch done backwards. All the fancy knitting that you see, anywhere, is really nothing more than combinations of knit and purl stitch, with a few increases and decreases thrown in here and there.

Here are instructions for making a purl stitch. Follow the pictures step by step. And then you will be ready to start your first project, and may we suggest our fine knitting patterns at SpinCraft Patterns. You can download all the patterns straight into your computer. Please bookmark the spincraftpatterns.com site after you get there, so you can come again and again.

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Purl Stitch

Purling is fun! 

Welcome to our Learn To Knit pages. Here you will find simple instructions for getting started with your first knitting project. 

 

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Purl stitch is easy to do. First you need to cast on which is creating  a number of half-hitches on a needle, and then pull loops through over and over.  Start your work by slipping a half hitch onto a needle, and then use your thumb to follow that one with a series of half hitches. 14 is a good number to start with.
learn to knit Purl stitch works the opposite of a knit. Make sure the yarn is in front of your work before starting any purl stitch. Slip right needle into first stitch from right to left. This time your working needle (the right needle) ends up in front of the holding needle (the left needle).
purl stitch The secret to the purl stitch is wrapping the yarn correctly around the working needle. It goes up over the needle, around to the back, and then up the front. The first few purl stitches may feel awkward, but with a little practice you will be flipping the yarn quickly over the needle, around and up. End up with the working yarn nice and smug between the two needles, ready to actually slip the stitch in the next step.
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Use your working needle to pull the new yarn through that loop; it will be pulled from front to back. The slip the used stitch off the holding needle. Repeat purls across the row to end.
purl stitch If you *knit one row, then purl one row*, repeating from * to *, you will make a nice knit fabric that is smooth on one side, and bumpy on the other. This is called stockinette stitch.
Congratulations! You are now a great knitter. All knit garments, no matter how fancy (lace, cables, color, entrelac) are made with nothing more than combinations of knit and purl stitches. You are ready for your first project. Follow this link and select skill level "easy start."


   
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