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Knitting Instructions

Purl Stitch

Here's what you really need to know about the purl stitch.

Hold the needle that has the cast-on stitches on it in your left hand. Hold the other needle in your right hand. With your yarn in front of the work, put the right hand needle (RN) from back to front into the first stitch on the left hand needle (LN). Notice that the RN is in front of the LN.

Form a loop by wrapping the yarn on top of and around the RN.

Bring the RN under the LN and carefully pull the loop through the stitch with the RN onto the LN to make a new purl stitch. Notice that the RN will slip behind the LN as shown.

With the new stitch securely on the RN, slip the first or "old" purl stitch over and off the tip of the LN. The purl stitch is complete.

You'll notice that, unlike the smooth knit stitch, the purl stitch has a bump or ridge at its base.

Knitting Instructions - Purl Stitch

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