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2 methods: Continental and English


With knitting and purling, you can make, among other things ...


... cowls, wrist warmers, shawls and tiny towels!

When purling, the stitches turn out sort of the other way around. One can make endless patterns and variations by just alternating knit and purl stitches. 

As with the knit stitch, you can purl your stitches both the Continental and the English way. The big advantage of the Continental method, is that it's very easy to alternate between knitting and purling. Because taking the yarn to the other side of the work is done in a jiffy.


Continental purling:

When purling, the yarn is on "your" side, or the "front", of the work. 

Always make sure that the yarn is on the correct side of the work, before you start knitting your stitch.


  • Hold the left hand needle in your left hand and (can you guess it..?) the right hand needle in your right hand. Weave the working yarn between your fingers, so that you can 'steer' the yarn with your index finger and keep a nice tension on the yarn. Like this for example:


  • If the yarn is not yet on the front side of the work, take it there, between the needles: 


  • Insert the right hand needle from back to front into the first loop on the left hand needle: 


  • Wrap the yarn around the tip of the right hand needle. For this you really only have to push the yarn down: 


  • All the way down:


  • Using the tip of your right hand needle, pull the yarn through the loop: 


  • And carefully slide the old stitch on the left hand needle off the tip: 


And that's it! You have purled a stitch the Continental way!

It may take some practise to keep the tension on the yarn, when purling Continental. But once you have this nailed, you'll notice that this way is a much smoother way to purl, and much easier when you think about it. 



English purling:

When purling, the yarn will be on the front side of the work, on ‘your’ side as it were.

Always make sure that the yarn is on the correct side of the work, before you start knitting your stitch.

  • With the working yarn at your side of the knitting, insert the right hand needle from back to front through the first stitch on the left hand knitting needle.


  • Wind the yarn around the right hand knitting needle, from right to left:


  • Draw a loop through:


  • You have made a purl stitch! The new stitch is still stuck to your left hand knitting needle, via the original first stitch. Carefully slip the original stitch off the left hand knitting needle:

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