So far you have learned to cast on (CO), and knit (K).
If you completed your homework last week, then you will have knit yourself a little swatch of garter stitch.
As discussed last week,the back of a knit is a purl and vice versa. So on our garter stitch swatch, every other row is a purl row. In order to knit a swatch that is all plain knitting on one side, and all purl on the other, we need to knit alternate knit and purl rows. This is called stockinette stitch.
Click here for the Knit Republic video tutorial on how to purl.
Now you can knit and purl, and there are lots of interesting things you can do.
Suggestion; For me, learning to knit has been about trial and error, and experimenting to see what works and what happens when you try different things. To really get to know the stitches and how it all works, I would suggest trying some or all of the following;
- Continue with the garter stitch swatch that you started last week, but this time try purling every row – this will still produce garter stitch, only the side that were knit rows will now be purl and vice versa.
- What happens when you knit one row and purl the next? Repeat this several times and you will get plain knitting on one side, and purling on the other. Have a look at the differences between the garter stitch and the stockinette; is one more springy than the other?
- Now try knitting 1 stitch and purling 1 stitch. If you keep doing this with the purl stitches on top of each other and the knit stitches on top of each other, you will produce ribbing
- What about if you knit 1 stitch and purl 1 stitch, and then on the next row purl the knit stitches and knit the purl stitches?
There are lots of experiments and patterns waiting to happen here, so give it a go!