Introducing Purl Stitch

You may find purl stitch a little harder to learn than knit stitch. But really it is just the reverse of a knit stitch. If you purled every row, you would produce garter stitch (the same as if you knitted every row). It is not often that you will work every row in purl stitch; it is easier and faster to knit every row if you want garter stitch.

English method (yarn in the right hand)

In purl stitch the yarn is held at the front of the work (the side facing you) and is made up of four steps.

1 Hold the needle with the cast on stitches in your left hand, and insert the right-hand needle into the front of the stitch from right to left.

2 Pass the yarn over and around the right-hand needle.

3 Pull the new loop on the right-hand needle through the stitch on the left-hand needle.

4 Slip the stitch off the left-hand needle. One stitch is completed.

To continue...

Repeat these four steps for each stitch on the left-hand needle. All the stitches on the left-hand needle will be transferred to the right-hand needle where the new purl row is formed. At the end of the row. swap the needle with the stitches into your left hand and the empty needle into your right hand, and work the next row in the same way.

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