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when knitting how do you tell the difference between the regular knit and a pearl stitch?

March 10th, 2010 · 6 Comments · Knitting Stitches

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Each stitch which is currently on your needle will look like an arch sitting over the needle, regardless of which type it is; what really tells you which type is how that stitch emerges from the stitch below. Purl stitches are worked by pulling a loop from in front of the fabric through to the back, and therefore they emerge from the back of the stitch below, which leaves the top of that arch sitting in front of the fabric, giving you the characteristic "purl bump." Look for this bump up against the bottom of the needle on your purl stitches. Knit stitches, on the other hand, are worked by pulling a loop from behind the fabric and out the front, emerging from the front of the stitch below, which leaves the bump on the back of the fabric, and from the front looks as though the legs of the current stitch just stick smoothly down into the stitch below.

the only difference between a completed "knit" stitch and a completed "purl" stitch is:
the knit stitch has the loop of the previous stitch in back of its legs, and the purl stitch has the loop of the previous stitch in front of its legs.

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  • 1 pzkgfw5 // Mar 10, 2010 at

    For a purl stitch you bring the yarn to the front and insert the right hand needle from the right into the front of the stitch on the left hand needle. Then you bring the yarn between the needles from right to left and loop it around the right needle. Then you move the right needle with the loop of yarn through the stitch and away from you slipping the old stitch off the left needle.
    When you are doing stocking stitch (knit 1, purl 1) it looks like a series of v’s and bars. You knit the v’s and purl the bars.

    I guess a picture would be better, but I don’t know how to put one up.
    Hope this helps a bit.

    There’s good book about knitting "Teach Yourself to Knit" by Evie Rosen.

    References :

  • 2 notorious shames. // Mar 10, 2010 at

    When you’re looking at a piece of knitted work, the stitches that appear more in front are the knit stitches. The stitches that are the "grooves" are the purl stitches.

    Making a Knit Stitch:
    1. The needle with the stitch is in your left hand, the first stitch near the tip. With the empty needle in your right hand wrap the yarn around your fingers.
    2. Insert the right needle from front to back into te first stitch on the left needle. Keep the right needle under the left eedl and the yarn at the back.
    3 Bring the yarn under and over the right needle, and pull it gently beteen the two needles. Use your right index finger to manipulate the yarn.
    4. With the ight needle, catch the yarn and pull it through the stitch on the left needle. Slip the stitch off the left needle, leaving the new stitch on the right.

    A pearl stitch it the opposite of the knit stitch
    Making a Purl Stitch:
    1 Hold the needle with the stitches in your left hand and the empty needle in your right hand. For the purl stitch, the yarn is held in the front of your work.
    2. Insert the riht needl fom back to front into the first stitch. The right needle is in front of the left needle, and the yarn is at the front of you work.
    3. Wth you right index fnger, wrap the yan counter-clockwise around the right needle in a downward direction. Draw the right needle and yarn backwards through the stitch on the left needle, forming loop on the right needle. Slip off the stitch on the left needle.

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  • 3 KnitChick // Mar 10, 2010 at

    If you are visually trying to figure out which is the knit stitch and which is the purl stitch, the knit stitch looks like a "V". The purl stitch is like a bump. You see pictures here:

    http://www.lionbrand.com/cgi-bin/faq-search.cgi?store=/stores/eyarn&faqKey=73&language=

    If you want to know how to make a knit stitch:

    http://www.lionbrand.com/cgi-bin/faq-search.cgi?store=/stores/eyarn&faqKey=84&language=

    If you want to know how to make a purl stitch:

    http://www.lionbrand.com/cgi-bin/faq-search.cgi?store=/stores/eyarn&faqKey=85&language=

    You can find online videos here: http://www.knittinghelp.com/
    References :
    http://www.lionbrand.com
    http://www.knittinghelp.com

  • 4 ♥mat // Mar 10, 2010 at

    Each stitch which is currently on your needle will look like an arch sitting over the needle, regardless of which type it is; what really tells you which type is how that stitch emerges from the stitch below. Purl stitches are worked by pulling a loop from in front of the fabric through to the back, and therefore they emerge from the back of the stitch below, which leaves the top of that arch sitting in front of the fabric, giving you the characteristic "purl bump." Look for this bump up against the bottom of the needle on your purl stitches. Knit stitches, on the other hand, are worked by pulling a loop from behind the fabric and out the front, emerging from the front of the stitch below, which leaves the bump on the back of the fabric, and from the front looks as though the legs of the current stitch just stick smoothly down into the stitch below.

    the only difference between a completed "knit" stitch and a completed "purl" stitch is:
    the knit stitch has the loop of the previous stitch in back of its legs, and the purl stitch has the loop of the previous stitch in front of its legs.

    References :
    http://tessknits.com/archives/137
    http://explaiknit.typepad.com/let_me_explaiknit/2006/03/

  • 5 Pam D // Mar 10, 2010 at

    When you knit a stitch it forms a ‘knit’ stitch on the front (right side) and a ‘purl’ stitch on the inside (wrong side), or vice versa if you are doing a purl stitch.

    The easiest way to see which is which is to pick up any knitted garment – the majority have a stockinette stitch, so the outside is done is the knit stitch and the reverse side is the purl stitch. If you look at a ribbed band, the knit stitch stands out and the purl stitch sits back a bit between the knit stitches.

    If you still can’t tell them from one another then why not do a simple search on ‘learn to knit’. There are lots of websites that will show you pictures and videos on how to do each stitch and it is very easy to tell a knit from a purl.

    Try some of these sites:
    http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/learn-to-knit
    http://learn-to-knit.com/
    http://www.theyarnco.com/instruction.php
    http://www.patonsyarns.com/learntoknit.php

    Also try the Lion Brand and Bernat sites – you will have to sign up for these two. Then if you still can’t see it, or prefer more videos, go to youtube and do a search on there for knitting and view the couple of hundred videos there.

    Hope this helps. Good luck.
    References :
    knitting for over 40 years
    http://www.bestlearntoknit.com

  • 6 Shishkani // Mar 10, 2010 at

    Knit stitches look like little V’s from the right side, while purl stitches look like sideways C’s.

    References :

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