Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Purl Necklace

Ok, not really... but someone said that they don't know how to do the purl stitch, so yay for my first stitch tutorial (with pictures, FANCY!).

How to Purl

Why would you want to purl? You're perfectly happy with the knit stitch, thank you very much!
Well, if you want to be able to do stockinette stitch without working in the round, or be able to do ribbing for hats or sweaters you're going to need to learn to purl. I'm not a fan of purling, but once you get the hang of it it's relatively painless.

Step 1: Bring the yarn to the front of your needle, just before the stitch you are going to be purling.
Step 2: stick your needle in to the FRONT of the stitch to be purled, keeping your working yarn in the front and to the right of your stitch.
Step 3: Take your yarn and bring it around the stitch, so that it is at the back of your right hand needle.

Step 4: Pull the working yarn through the stitch. I've done 2 pictures as the first one is a little hard to see. (It's pretty difficult to take pictures with needles in your hands!)

How the stitch should look once you've pulled the yarn through, before dropping it off onto the right side needle:

Voila! You've done your purl stitch! It gets easier with practice, I promise. Here is a purl stitch next to 4 knit stitches. (From left to right: Purl, Knit, Knit, Knit, Knit)

Hope that is helpful and clear!


The pattern I'm working on right now is the one I published last year, Hat with Cables

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