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 needle
  • Right needle inserts from right to left through front leg of stitch
  • Yarn goes from right to left between the needles
  • Finished stitch should have right “leg” of stitch in front of needle

Purl Stitch: American/English Style

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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