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: Continental Style

In Continental Style, the working yarn is held in the left hand. Holding it in such a way as to achieve correct tension is key. Please see Holding the Yarn.

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