Purl stitch

Purl stitch

Purl stitches, just like knit stitches, belong to the basic stitches, which is why you should also master this knitting technique as a knitting beginner. But don’t worry, purl stitches are, just like knit stitches, very easy.

If you master purl and knit stitches, you can already create many knitting patterns, such as the stockinette stitch, the rib stitch, or the seed stitch. Purl stitches are also used for many more complicated knitting patterns on the back.

Step 1: Insert the right needle from right to left into the next stitch on the left needle. The working yarn is in front of the project, different from knit stitches where the working yarn is behind the work.

Purl stitch step 1
Purl stitch step 1

Step 2: Wrap the working yarn once from back to front around the right needle.

Purl stitch step 2
Purl stitch step 2

Step 3: Now pull the working yarn with the right needle to the back through the stitch in which you have inserted the needle. You now have a new stitch on your right needle.

Purl stitch step 3
Purl stitch step 3

Step 4: Let the stitch on your left needle slip off the left needle.

Purl stitch step 4
Purl stitch step 4

Repeat these four simple steps for all stitches on your left needle to knit a complete row of purl stitches.

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