Purl Stitch: American/English Style
Purling is the technique use to create a stitch that reverses the parts of a knit stitch, so the bump faces you and the "V" is on the back. That may not make sense now, but it will after you have worked a few rows of alternating knit and purl stitch and see how each side of the fabric looks.
Rules of Purl Stitch
Whether you are working in Continental or American style, the purl stitch has the same rules of formation:
Working yarn goes in front of the needles
Right needle is inserted into the first stitch on the left needle from right to left through front leg of stitch
Working yarn goes between the needles from right to left, top to bottom
Finished stitch should have the right “leg” of the stitch in front of the needle
How to Do It
In American (also known as English) style, the working yarn is held in the right hand. Creating proper tension by pulling on the yarn after wrapping is key. Please see Holding the Yarn.
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