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Learn to Knit the Purl Stitch

Guys, lets talk about knitting.  Specifically, lets talk about purling.  If you've ever wanted to learn how to knit the purl stitch, all you have to do is hit 'play' on that little video right up there.

If you look at the back of most knitted fabrics, like a sweater or a t-shirt made with jersey fabric, you'll see rows of little bumps.  They're made by purl stitches.

Ribbing is just knit and purl stitches standing next to each other.

Ribbing made by knitting one stitch and purling one stitch all the way around.

Ribbing made by knitting two stitches and purling two stitches.

Stockinette is knit stitches on one side and purl stitches on another.

This hat is worked flat, and has rows of purl stitches to add ridges.

 And just about any textured pattern out there is made up of alternating knit and purl stitches so that they form a design.


Both of these designs comes from Easy Textured Knits, which features knitting designs using only knits and purls.

There are a few things to learn that make me think "Once someone can do this, they're on their way to being able to do anything!"  Purling is definitely on that list.  Other skills include: the beginning ring in crocheting, calming a crying infant, sticking with a budget, explaining a pattern to someone, safely working a glue gun, and reading yarn labels.  But yes, purling is also a big one.  Learn it!  Knit it!  Even people who like to knit in the round to avoid the purl stitch still need to know how to do it to add texture to fabrics, to make cable stitches show up, and to just be well-rounded knitters.

And now you're one of them!

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