What is knit vs purl?

What does knit and purl mean?

Knitting What You See

Sometimes you will see the instruction in a pattern to “knit the knits and purl the purls as you see them” or K the Ks and P the Ps. … All this means is that you’re knitting the opposite of the row you just knit. In other words, you should knit the stitches that look like they were just knit.

What type of knit is Purl?

Description: Purl Knit Fabric is made by knitting yarn as alternate knit and purl stitch in one wale of the fabric. The Purl Knit fabric has alternate courses of knit stitch and purl stitch. The fabric is reversible and identical on the face and back sides of the fabric.

Why do you knit and purl?

Purling is usually the second stitch a new knitter learns. The knit stitch and purl stitch work together to make the pattern of your knitted fabric. … Purl stitches make bumps in the knitted fabric. Combined with alternating rows of knitting, purling helps you make the famous Stockinette Stitch.

Do you have to purl in knitting?

In order to keep the knit stitches on one side of your work, you will need to purl. This is nifty because a purl stitch is a knit stitch from the back of the fabric. Not to be confused with a tink stitch, which is simply what you do when you must knit backwards to a booboo.

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What is it called when you knit one row and purl the next?

Stockinette (or stocking stitch) is a basic stitch that most knitting patterns don’t explain because they assume it’s already in the crafter’s repertoire. … However, knitting one row, purling the next, and then repeating this process consecutively creates the most classic pattern of all, known as stockinette stitch.