Learn How To Purl A Stitch

Learn How To Purl A Stitch

There are few different methods to learn how to purl a stitch, but I will teach you the simple and easiest one, which is called English method. A purl stitch looks and is the same as the reverse of the knit stitch. The purl’s side is going to be bumpy looking stitch. It will look pretty in a scarf. Sometimes takes more time to learn the purl stitch than the knit stitch, but it is some other things that just require more practice. Follow the next few steps to learn how to knit the purl stitch and soon you will found out that is not too difficult.

  • Step 1         Cast-on (follow “How to Cast-On a  Stitch” instructions) at least ten stitches to practice, this will be your          foundation  . It will be better if you practice with big size of yarn and large size of needles.

Learn How To Purl A Stitch step 1


  • Step 2         Hold the needle with the work in left hand, and with the right hand the empty needle. When you are making the purl stitches is very important to remember to bring the yarn in the front of the needles and use the thumb fingers to hold the stitches.

Learn How To Purl A Stitch step 2

  • Step 3         Insert the tip of the right needle through the loop (following stitch).

If the right needle is in the back of the left needle, move the right needle to the front of the left needle forming the letter “X” with the needles.

Learn How To Purl A Stitch step 3

  • Step 4         Wrap the yarn counter-clockwise over the right needle. (See the first picture) or you can use your index finger for the working yarn, then with your right needle go over the working yarn. (see the second picture)

Learn How To Purl A Stitch step 4a                                                                             Learn How To Purl A Stitch step 4b


  • Step 5         Pull the new purl stitch through the loop (old stitch) (See the first picture), (but if you are using your index finger for to hold the working yarn then see the second picture).

Learn How To Purl A Stitch step 5a                                                                            Learn How To Purl A Stitch step 5b

  • Step 6         At the same time dropping the old stitch off of your left needle.

Learn How To Purl A Stitch step 6

  • Step 7         Now you have your first purl stitch. Repeat step two through step six for each stitch until you done with the row.

Learn How To Purl A Stitch step 7


  • Step 8         To continue with your next row turn the work by changing the needles the one with the work to your left hand and the empty one to your right hand.

When you purl all the rows you will create what is called the Garter stitch. (Note: This Garter stitch will be the same as if you knit all the rows) It is ideal to knit a scarf, because it is very flexible.

Garter Stitch

When you purl one row then knit the next row alternating each row you will create what is called the Stockinette stitch. The side of the purl stitches is called reverse also knowing as the wrong side, and the side of the knit stitches is called the right side. The Stockinette stitch is the most basic knitted fabric.

Stockinette stitch                                                                        Stockinette stitch a

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