Knit the Knits and Purl the Purls


For this instruction forget what you did to the stitch on the previous row and only look at the stitches that you’re about to do. Look at your knitting and make a knit stitch, then turn it around and look at it on the other side, then do the same with a purl. The back of a knit stitch is a purl, the back of a purl is a knit stitch. But a previous row is already done, and you just work the stitches the way they look on this row.


Yes, that is the way to do it :cheering:


I tried to view the video but the person’s voice wasn’t audible, it sounded like a telegraph machine or something like that.


It is an old video I made, with an old HP camera. There is no speaking during the video, because I had a cold at the time. You can watch it, read the subtitles, and turn off the volume.


Ah this site has helped alot. As a newbie knitter I was getting so frustrated with the pattern reversing on me all the time. Knit the knits, purl the purls!



Read through the tips and tricks, most of which I did not really understand but I am sure I picked up a few things. Then I read and re-read the first page of this thread; I came to the conclusion that I would not be able to ‘knit the knits and purl the purls’. My solution was just to carefully count stitches, easy peasy.

Working on my third project, a simple scarf for my partner. I lost count, but managed to ‘read’ the stitch on the completed row. Next row I managed to somehow added a stitch which I didn’t notice until I had finished the entire row. But this wasn’t really a problem since I found myself ‘knitting the knits and purling the purls’. (On the following row I just stitched in my new extra stitched in with another so no harm done.)

So, thanks for the great tip.


cableguy, I’m glad you got it figured out. You even did a decrease it sounds like which can be a great way to make a correction. Be sure to ask any questions that come up as you knit.


I know this is so elementary but…:muah:
work 4 rows in garter st (knit every row)
next row (RS) knit…duh. ok I knit 5 rows
continue in St st (k on RS p on WS)

Question: since all rows are k rows do I purl the next row to start the St st?

Thank you. Cat


Yes, purl the next row. The knit next row instruction is where your stockinette really begins if that helps you understand the pattern. If not, disregard.


Thank you GG. I understand perfectly. I wanted to purl the next row since i had to get a purl row started but i just didnt want to continue if it wasnt correct. Interptretation is the hardest thing (for me) about knitting.


If using patterns is still newish for you, take heart. It does get easier with more experience. It’s better to ask than to wish you had.


Hi there I’m having so much trouble getting the hang of the ribbing technique but I think this has been a big help. I just have one question and then I think I’m good to go and try again… You know at the very end of the video when you turn your work around is that how you start the next row? Do you always turn your work around at the end and start on the new side? Xx


Hi Kimmy, Yes. When you finish a row, all your stitches will be moved over to the right needle. So, you’ll turn the work around, and switch the needles to the other hands before starting the next row.


Thanks so much. Probably sounded like a dumb question, sorry lol x


Not at all. I remember having lots of questions back when I first started knitting. It just means that you are an inquisitive type, and you want to be sure that you’re doing things correctly! :slight_smile:


Iv only been knitting about six weeks and your right I want to make sure I’m getting it right, as I get frustrated when I can’t do it lol. Google has been my best mate at the moment lol lots of googling and you tubing :blush:


Google is a great help. There are multiple videos for just about everything. Feel free to ask questions here too if something comes up that isn’t answered by googling.
Enjoy your knitting!


This helped with my question i just posted but what do you do with a yarn over? Knit it or purl it ( on a row that says knit the knits phrl the purls)


For knitting with a dark yarn. Put a white cloth on your lap so light is reflected back to you. Also knit in the window in the morning.
It will be easier if you don’t use a comple pattern or cables. Not only is a complex stitch pattern harder to knit, the results won’t show up because the yarn is so dark.
At night knit under a magnified light. It helps but not as good as morning light.
I donated my black yarn to a local charity–I am not a glutton for punishment.


Very nice