Knitting through the back loop

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Knitting through the back loop


Ribbing creates a nice edge, for example for a beanie. This ribbing is usually done by alternatively knitting 1 and purling 1 stitch.

If you knit each knit stitch through the back loop, the ribbing will be more pronounced and elastic. 

This might sound complicated, but it’s very much the same as the normal knit stitch.  So here’s how you knit through the back loop:


  • The normal knit stitch: Normally you’d insert the right hand needle from front to back, in between the ‘right leg’ and ‘left leg’ of the stitch: 

normale rechte steek


  • To knit through the back loop: Insert the needle as it were from behind the ‘left leg’ of the stitch:

gedraaid recht breien

  • Wrap the yarn and pull through as usual. 


That's all, folks!

When you knit through the back loop, the stitches are as it were twisted. This makes them show more clearly in ribbing and adds extra elasticity.

So if you want some of that, purl as usual and knit each knit stitch through the back loop.

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