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Basic Knit Stitches

Brand new to knitting? You've come to the right place! Work your way through these four tutorials, and you will be ready to rock your first knitting project – from start to finish.

Purl Stitch

The purl stitch joins forces with the knit stitch to enable a knitter to conquer the world (the knitting world, at least)! You will often see the word purl abbreviated as p or P in knitting pattern shorthand.

Step 1

Step One

Make sure your working yarn (the end attached to the ball of yarn) is in front of your knitting and insert the right-hand needle tip through the front of the first stitch from right to left.

Step 2

Step Two

Wrap the yarn around the right-hand needle tip from the top down. If you were to look straight at the tip of the needle, you would see that the yarn is wrapping counter-clockwise.

Step 3

Step Three

Pull the needle tip through the stitch on your left-hand needle, making sure to keep the yarn you just wrapped around the right-hand needle in place.

Step 4

Step Four

To complete the purl stitch, slide the worked stitch off of the left-hand needle. Your first purled stitch will now be wrapped around your right-hand needle.

Other Purl Stitch Techniques

Want to learn more? We've got all sorts of tips and tricks to help get you using the purl stitch like a pro.

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Learn All the Basic Knit Stitches

You mastered the purl stitch! Continue to work your way through these tutorials, and you'll be knitting in no time!

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