Purl stitch: how to purl in knitting
Purling is easy when you know how! Just reverse the action of making plain knit stitches to create one of the most important stitches you'll learn.
Purling will feel different because you’re working at the front of the needles rather than at the back, so keep going until you feel happy that you’ve got it and you’re comfortable with the technique. 28 rows is a good number and should form a square.
Don’t worry if it looks uneven or messy – simply undo your stitches, cast on some more and have another go. With a bit of practice you’ll be creating neat, even purl stitches in no time!
As with many knitting techniques, there’s more than one way to work a purl stitch. Another method is the Norwegian purl, which involves holding the working yarn in your left hand and is often used in Continental knitting. If you don’t get on with the technique above, why not give it a try?
How to start knitting
Create your first stitches with our easy-to-follow beginner knitting guides.
- Complete guide to knitting for beginners
- How to make a slipknot
- How to cast on knitting
- How to cast off knitting
- How to decrease in knitting