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How to Knit a Purl Stitch

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Learn how to knit a purl stitch with these illustrated step-by-step instructions perfect for beginner knitters. Once you've mastered the techniques, check out our project blog for this weekend to put your skills to the test!

 

MAKING A PURL STITCH

 

How to purl stitch

1. Hold the needle with the stitches in your left hand, and then insert the tip of the right needle into the front of the first stitch, from right to left. Wind the yarn around the point of the right needle, from right to left.

 

How to purl stitch

2. With the tip of the right needle, pull the yarn through the stitch to form a loop. This loop is your new stitch.

 

How to purl stitch

3. Slip the original stitch off the left needle by gently pulling your right needle to the right. Repeat these steps until you have purled all the stitches on your left needle. To work the next row, transfer the needle with all the stitches into your left hand.

 

MAKING A PURL STITCH—CONTINENTAL STYLE

 

How to purl stitch

1. Hold the needle with the stitches to be knitted in your left hand, and then insert the tip of the right needle into the front of the first stitch from right to left. Holding the yarn fairly taut at the back of your work, use the tip of your right needle to pick up a loop of yarn.

 

How to purl stitch

2. With the tip of your right needle, bring the yarn through the original stitch to form a loop.

 

How to purl stitch

3. Slip the original stitch off the left needle by gently pulling your right needle to the right. Repeat these steps until you have purled all the stitches on your left needle. To work the next row, transfer the needle with all the stitches into your left hand.

 

This extract is from Cute and Easy Little Knits by Nicki Trench.

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