Learn How to Do a Purl Stitch English Style [FREE Knitting Tutorial]

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Text area which says "Basic Tutorials: Learn How to Do a Purl Stitch English Style , learnknittingonline.com" followed by hands knitting using the English style methodThe second stitch you usually learn as a knitter is the Purl Stitch. It is also the second of two basic stitches that form the basis of knitting. And here, you will learn the Purl Stitch English Style.

In fact, the Purl Stitch is simply the reverse of the Knit Stitch.

So, when you form a Knit Stitch, you create a smooth V-shape on the side that it is facing. Conversely, when you knit a Purl Stitch, you create a small horizontal bump on the side that is facing you. 

Furthermore, when turning around a Knit Stitch, you see the tell-tale bump of a Purl Stitch.

In addition, when turning around a Purl Stitch, you will see the tell-tale V of a Knit Stitch.

By knitting one row of just knit stitches, followed by one row of only purl stitches, you will create what we call the Stockinette Stitch.

When you alternate between a Knit Stitch and a Purl Stitch on a row, you create a 1×1 rib pattern. This rib pattern is perfect for knitting projects such as hats, socks, gloves/mittens, etc.

By combining knit and purl stitches, you can create a wide range of easy, but beautifully knitted stitch patterns.

Just like with the English Style Knit Stitch, you also hold the yarn you are working with within the left hand for the Purl Stitch English Style.

In knitting patterns, you normally see the purl stitch abbreviated as a “p”.

Starting with the Purl Stitch English Style

In this tutorial, you will learn the Purl Stitch English Style.

As you are learning more about knitting, you will see that there are many different ways of knitting the Purl Stitch English Style.

Unfortunately, we cannot cover all the variations here. Therefore, we have chosen the most common method in this tutorial.

However, prior to starting this tutorial, we suggest that you cast on some stitches and knit a row. If you need a reminder, you can find some tutorials here:

Step-by-Step Purl Stitch English Tutorial

Just like when knitting a Knit Stitch, you will need to start by holding your working yarn taut between the left index and middle fingers.

Purl Stitch English Tutorial Step 1: Left hand holding two knitting needle stitches as the right hand grips the working yarn.

Hold the right-hand needle with the stitches in your left hand. Keep the working yarn taut and hold the empty needle in your right hand. Make sure that the working yarn is in front of the left-hand needle.

Purl Stitch English Tutorial Step 2: Right-hand needle being inserted on the first stitch on the left-hand needle.

Start by inserting your right-hand needle into the first stitch. Make sure you do this from right to left, so that an X is formed with the right-hand needle in front. Ensure that the right-hand needle is in front of the working yarn.

Purl Stitch English Tutorial Step 3: Right hand wrapping the working yarn around the left-hand needle.

Pass the yarn over and around the right needle counterclockwise. Using your left hand, you can secure the right-hand needle from slipping off the stitch.

Purl Stitch English Tutorial Step 4: Right hand passing the yarn over and around the right-hand needle.

Use the right-hand needle as a “hook” and pull the working yarn through the stitch.

Purl Stitch English Tutorial Step 5: Right hand pulling the working yarn through the stitch using the right-hand needle.

To complete the stitch, slip it off the left-hand needle.

Purl Stitch English Tutorial Step 6: Right hand slipping off the stitch from the left-hand needle.

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