How to purl a row

Mastered the knit stitch? Now it’s time to purl!

Most knitting is made up from knit and purl stitches, or a combination of the two! From rich moss stitch to statement rib stitch, learning to both purl and knit will unlock many beautifully textured knitting styles, that you can apply to your projects!

When you purl your right hand needle is feed through the loop in-front, instead of behind, the needle in your left hand.

Unlike the knit stitch, which produces a flat ‘v’ shaped stitch, a purl stitch creates a ‘bump’ in your fabric.

Once you’ve mastered the purl stitch, you will be able to create more complex stitches simply by using different sequencing of knits and purls.

In this video we’ll show you how to purl a row, which will open up a world of new stitches as you progress!

Here’s how you do it

  1. Insert the tip of the right needle down and through the loop, then pull it up so it crosses in front of the left needle, from back to front.
  2. Hold onto the needles where they cross with the left hand needle.
  3. Take the yarn forward and wrap it behind the front right needle.
  4. Draw the tip of the right needle back through the stitch on the left needle, together with the looped yarn.
  5. Slip the original stitch off the left needle. You have now completed a purl stitch.
  6. Repeat, in and up, round, down and off.
  7. Complete the row purling each stitch.
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