Knit or Purl Through Back of Loop

A common direction in knitting patterns is "kl tbl" or "knit 1 through back of loop." Likewise, you often see "pl tbl" or "purl 1 through back of loop." Knitting or purling through the back loop twists the stitch, and so it is a frequently used maneuver in textured, twist-stitch patterns. It is also used in the bar increase, where you knit into the front and back of the same stitch. You also find "tbl" in the decreases k2tog tbl and p2tog tbl.

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