Trouble with purling

I know there is probably already a tread on this, but… well when ever I try to purl, I just can;t do it >.< It’s making me so frustrated and every single video or how 2 I’ve seen has just made me more frustrated. The one on this site says to go down but that just ends up twisting the stitch for me and I can’t get the yarn onto the right needle unless I go from under the loop not from above and I don’t know if that would make a purl stitch, help please >.<

Welcome to Knitting Help!

I don’t know which method you are knitting -English with working yarn in righty hand or continental with working yarn in left hand- but trouble purling isn’t uncommon when you’re learning.

Bring the yarn to the front between the needles Then you plut the right needle in the stitch from right to left and wrap the working yarn from right to left over the top and back and pull through the stitch. Don’t think if it as down. It’s more right to left regardless of how you hold the needle. It’s hard to explain, but maybe a different explanation will help. I put the main page so you could choose your knitting method.

It will take practice to be comfortable with any knew technique, but you’ll get it…:thumbsup:

I use continental, and when I do the purl stitch I found that I can kinda do with stocking stitch it looks like normal stocking stitch :slight_smile:

Then you must be doing it correctly! :thumbsup:

I relearned knitting last year after a 30 year break. I started with what was supposed to be an easy baby sweater pattern with a bulky yarn which was very fluffy/fuzzy making it difficult to see the stitches. I spent hours knitting and ripping out without getting past the first few rows. Sat with an experienced knitter for hours, same thing. We laughed ourselves sick, but still no progress.

We thought it was the yarn making things difficult, so I got new non-fuzzy yarn and started again to no avail. Watched tutorial after tutorial from the big knitting companies, still nothing. Then watched a tutorial from a woman in New Zealand (I think) who said the magic words: “Knit one stitch, MOVE THE YARN TO THE FRONT, purl one stitch, MOVE THE YARN TO THE BACK.”

None of the other tutorials said to move the yarn. They all just assumed the learner knew to do that. I wonder if this could be the problem here?

She’s doing all the purls on one row. I think she’s having problems with how to insert the needle.

The other tutorials probably didn’t mention moving the yarn because most basic stitch tutorials tell you to work the knits with the yarn in back, and the purls with the yarn in front. That’s true whether you’re doing the entire row with all knit or all purls, or if you’re doing a row with both knits and purls on it.

Only one thing is troubling me with my purling right now, and that’s purling at the beginning of a row, trouble with the yarn placement after knitting the previous row

When you turn, let the yarn hang off the end stitch, don’t hold it. Then pick it up and make sure you position in front of the stitches on the needle. The needle goes in from right to left from the back to the front, then wrap the yarn around it.

Thanks so much that really helped!


:slight_smile: thanks everyone for helping me out, I needed it :slight_smile:

You’re not alone! I struggle with positioning on everything. :slight_smile:

I finally have the hang of it, and now I can do cable stitches 2… but they are so tight >.< it’s annoying

They can be tight because you’re crossing stitches so don’t pull the yarn too tight when you knit them.

Alright, thanks