My purls looks like knits

I’ve been knitting maybe for a week, with the help of a Stitch n Bitch book. I tried the purling this evening, and my purls seriously look like the garter stitch…on both sides of the piece I’m working on! I am stumped/:passedout: I’ve tried both English and Continental styles with purling, but find Continental far more comfy (same with knit stitching). What’s going on?

Just like when you knit every row and get garter stitch, when you purl every row you get garter stitch too. The back of a knit is a purl, the back of a purl is a knit. If you want stockinette - knits on one side, purls on the other - you have to alternate. Knit one row, purl one row. Look at the Basic stitches videos on the Tips page.

Oooohhh! Thank you so much. Sometimes I miss important steps!:out:

It may not be all that obvious when you’re new to knitting.

Isn’t it amazing how a purl stitch is really just a knit stitch done backwards? How the backside of the purl is the knit, and the backside of the knit is the purl? I’ve often wondered if in the beginning, all the knitters in the world were doing knit stitches only, then someone goofed and did the knit stitch backwards and revolutionized the way we all knit.

When you think about it that way, it decontructs all knitting to just one stitch, moving that stitch around and doing different things to it alone or in groups.