Here is a bit about the purl stitch in knitting and how to knit purl stitch for beginners.
What is Purl Stitch?
If you do any knitting, purl is one of the most common stitches used in knitting patterns next to garter stitch.
Purl stitch is done almost the same as garter stitch, but backwards.
In other words, instead of feeding the knitting needle in through the back of the stitch to start, you feed it through the front of the stitch and work the opposite way than you would for garter stitch.
If you had to knit a few rows in purl stitch, the garment you knit would look like you were doing garter stitch. In order for your knitting to get that characteristic smooth look, you would need to knit one row of garter stitch and then every alternate row in purl stitch. This knitting stitch is called stocking stitch or stockinette stitch.
If you are used to knitting garter stitch, you will find purl stitch a little awkward in the beginning, but with a little practise, you will get used to it.
There are various different styles of doing purl stitch including continental or German method, English method, combined purling method, Norwegian purling method and knitting back.
Here is a video tutorial for you to follow, as written words don’t explain half as well as a video does.
How To Knit Purl Stitch for Beginners
Here is a great book by knitting expert Sally Melville, with some great patterns that use mainly the Purl Stitch for you to practice on. Sally Melville has written other books on knitting and knitting patterns. To find out more click on the book or the link above.
This book will teach you all sorts of other knitting techniques, including information about materials, equipment, stitches, increasing and decreasing, and preventing and fixing mistakes, and includes patterns for dozens of projects.
Knitting: Knit and Purl Texture in Knitting A Beginners Guide to Texture with Knit and Purl Stitches
Violet Henderson teaches all the basics of knitting and how to use simple knit and purl stitches to create lovely textures for your knitted projects.
She also guides you on what sort of yarn to use and how to understand yarn labels which can be confusing at the best of times.
- knit stitch
- purl stitch
- cast on
- bind off
- yarn over
- knit 2 together
- how to weave in tails
- how to pick up dropped stitches
- how to change colours
What I love about this book is each section has large images and easy to understand instructions. It is like having Violet sitting right next to you teaching you.
The book also has four lovely patterns which are not too difficult and you can test your skills. These patterns are for a basket weave dishcloth, a seed stitch square, a drop stitch scarf and an eyelet scarf.
This is a great book for beginners in knitting.
Encouraging your kids to try this great skill is well worthwhile. My Mom taught me to knit when I was five, and I have always enjoyed this pass time.
Too few children nowadays can do much more than play with their phones unfortunately, so it is always good to encourage other creative skills.
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