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Purl Stitches

posted May 17, 2011, 4:58 PM by Loom Knitter   [ updated Mar 3, 2013, 7:02 PM ]
Skill: Beginner
Abbreviation: (p) Purl

When knitting with needles, or on a loom, the basic knit stitch creates knit that is different on the front side than it is on the backside. The "knit" side contains small v's. The backside, or purl side, contains small u shaped lines. For this reason, the purl stitch is often called "the opposite" of the knit stitch. When loom knitting, it is advantageous to be able to alternate between the knit stitch facing outward and the purl stitch facing outward as the combination of these two stitches can create ribbing and more elaborate stitches.
Step 1: Cast On -
Wrap the pegs with yarn in the ewrap. To ewrap, tie a slip knot in the end of the working yarn. Secure the slip knot around the anchor peg (the one perpendicular to the other pegs on the side of the Knifty Knitter loom). Beginning with the peg directly above the anchor peg, wrap the yarn around it moving from the inside of the loom outward, around the peg and then back in to the center of the loom. If you look closely, you will see that this loop around the peg creates a cursive letter "e." The top of the "e" will be on the outside of the loom and the crisscross of the "e" will be on the inside of the loom. Continue to wrap each of the pegs working in a clockwise motion around the loom until all pegs have been wrapped twice.

Step 2: Knitting Off -
When making most stitches, you push the loops to the bottom of the pegs before beginning. However, for the purl stitch it is most convenient to have the loops at the tops of each peg as you begin. Draw the working yarn under the loop that is on the peg. Working from the top, slide the Knifty Knitter hook under the loop. Use the hook to grab the working yarn and pull it back up through the loop. This step is shown in the photo on the right.

Step 3: Knitting Off (continued) - 
Pinch the loop that is now on the Knifty Knitter hook with your fingers and remove the hook. Gently lift the loop that is on the peg upward and off using the yarn pinched between your fingers to move it. Replace the loop with the yarn you are grasping.

The photo on the left shows this step as the loop is being replaced on the peg with the working yarn.

Continue knit off around the loom working in a clockwise motion as you create purl stitches. When the knit reaches the desired length, continue to step 4.

Step 4: Bind Off - "Bind off" is a term used to describe removing the knit from the loom. It is most easily accomplished by cutting the working yarn several feet in length and feeding the end through a yarn needle. Sew up with the needle through each loop on the Knifty Knitter loom before removing the loop from the peg. Continue around the loom until all pegs are removed from the knitting loom.

How to Purl on the Knifty Knitter - YouTube Video