Are you ready to round out your knitting skills and learn the Purl stitch? Good, cuz here we go!
Get the yarn wrapped around your hand just like for the knit stitch. This time though, you want to hold the yarn in the FRONT of your work
You are going to go through that first loop on the needle the opposite way you did for the knit stitch. Go in through the front of the stitch, from right to left
Then, drop your index finger down so you can wrap the yarn around the needle
Once the yarn is wrapped around the needle, pull the new loop back up through the loop on your left-hand needle
And drop the left loop off the needle Tah-dah, one stitch purled
Repeat this: Yarn in front, down through the stitch towards your left palm, drop finger to wrap, pull back through the loop, drop stitch. This is what it will look like a few stitches across the row
And when you are ready to turn your work around and start the next row
The trick here with the purl stitch is to always keep the yarn in the front of the needles.
That’s it! You are purling! Keep going until your washcloth measures about the same as the knit one and bind off. When you bind off this time, you can purl the stitches instead of knitting them like I showed you in the Bind Off (here). Weave in your ends and you’ve got an extra washcloth to use! Yeah!
You’ve got all the knitting basics down you need for most projects now. How easy was that?
Next week I will be back to show you how to move back and forth between the Knit and Purl stitches in one project. This is how you will knit things with the more traditional knit look with the little “V’s” to the fabric. What is most important right now is that you get the knit and purl stitches down and you are extremely comfortable with them. So practice, practice, practice, ok?
Not getting my photos and need to see it in action? I recommend this video.