How to Knit the Purl
Knitting is a very relaxing hobby. The Knit
stitch and the Purl stitch are the only stitches used when
knitting any garment. Looking at the underside of the Purl Stitch,
or turning it around, you see the Knit stitch. You cannot knit
one, without also knitting the other. The Knit stitch is the lower
or flat one, and the Purl is the higher bumpy looking stitch. A
combination of both, knitted by following a pattern, is what makes
sweaters look different.
Hold the needle with the cast on
stitches in your left hand and the other needle in your
Push the tip of the right needle up
into the first stitch on the left needle, so that it crosses
in front of the left needle.
Keep the yarn in front of the needles.
Hold the yarn nice and tight in your
hand and wrap it counter clockwise around the tip of the
Gently pull the tip of the right
needle back towards you through the first loop, taking the
yarn with it. Slowly pull the right needle all the way
Make sure that you do not pull too
hard or you will pull the needle right out.
Carefully pull this new loop to the
tip of the left needle and let the loop slide off.
Look at the first purl stitch on the
Purl all the cast on stitches in the
same way to produce a row of purled stitches.
- Purl your second row in exactly the
same way as the first and watch as your purled fabric begins
Instead of purling your second row,
you can knit it instead. This will create what is called the
One side of your fabric will be smooth
and the other will be bumpy giving a very professional
finish. Stockinette stitch is a popular choice for knitters
everywhere and will allow you to knit almost anything you
Knit the ribbed stitch for cuffs of a
sweater, and the finished bottom of the sweater. The
stitches can be K2,P2,continued in that pattern. Note that
the bumpy or pearl stitch can be seen on the rib, in between
the knits stitches. A more tight rib, might use K1,P1.
- Many sweaters are made with knit one
row, purl the next row, so that the outside of the sweater
is not bumpy but smooth, just like a bought sweater. The
inside, the side next to your body, has the bumps.
- Look at a store bought sweater for an
- There are versions of the knit one,
purl one. You can make two and two, or any combination that
the instructions ask for.
- Knit a cuff or the bottom of a
sweater, with knit one, purl one, then knit one purl one.
Continue this for the length you want to get a ribbed
pattern for the cuff.
- Practice with large needles. It is
easier to learn. As soon as you get the hang of making the
stitches, use the smaller sized needles, as suggested on the
pattern you want to knit.
Things You'll Need
- Knitting needles
- A smooth, large weight pure wool yarn