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Knitting Tutorial: How to Purl

By: Emi Harrington

Learn how to purl in this simple tutorial by Emi Harrington.  Once you know how to knit and how to purl, you'll be knitting up your own projects in no time!  And don't forget to check out 9 other amazing tutorials in our free eBook: Knitting for Beginners: 9 Free Tutorials!


  1. To do the purl stitch, first begin by casting on as many stitches as you require for your project.

  2. Hold the needle with cast on stitches in your left hand. Pass the point of the needle in your right hand through the first stitch, inserting the point of the needle from back to front, as shown in the photo below.

  3. Push the needle right through the stitch.

  4. Bring the yarn around, and pass it between the two needles.

  5. Use the tip of the needle to hook onto the yarn, and pull it through the stitch and onto the needle in your right hand.

  6. The stitch has been totally moved to the needle in your right hand in the photo below.

  7. Repeat steps 2 to 6 in each stitch across the row.


 If you're more of a visual learner, don't miss this video tutorial by Onix Terevinto.  Let's learn how to purl together.

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