Regardless of the tools you use to knit your fabric you must know the purl stitch. Here is a step by step, text, picture and video tutorial to break it down to bite size pieces for loom knitters.
It’s not difficult, but it’s not as easy as the e-Wrap most loom knitters learn first and can seem a bit confusing. Then add to the confusion that the True Knit stitch is so similar. The wrong placement of the yarn causes a whole different look.
The Purl Stitch in Simple 5 Steps
Below is the picture and text tutorial. If you prefer a video continue to scroll to the bottom of the post.
- Place the working yarn ABOVE the existing loop
- With the loom hook – scoop up the working yarn to create a loop
- Grab the new loop with 2 fingers and pull to upwards and back to Remove the loop that is on the peg
- Place the new loop on the peg
- Pull the working yarn.
The Importance of Yarn Placement
You must remember to place the working yarn under the existing loop and scoop from the top, see figure 1. If you place the yarn under the existing loop you will be creating a Knit Stitch which has a very different look, see Figure 2.
Figure 1 : PURL Stitch
Figure 2: KNIT Stitch
Video Tutorial for The Purl Stitch
Below is a short 1:23 min step by step video on how to do the purl stitch. It’s a good idea is to watch the video completely before trying the stitch. This is a recommendation I make with all projects.
Once you have learned this stitch there is a huge list of stitches and project patterns you can now manage easily.
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Thank you. I must say first I HATE KNITTING. I learnt to knit as a child, i am able to do all the stitches read patterns etc, my mother was a lightning speed knitter. She used to make knit 6×6 squares for blankets, which were made into donations for the church. a worthy cause, but guess who had the job of winding balls, and sewing in ends. i crochet also but i enjoy that, it grows faster.
just for fun i tried these looms, they grow fast, dropped stitch is not a major reconstruction project.
your info and tutorials are great, i have learned (learnt is the correct term but spellcheck says not. But I am British LOL language barrier?) a great deal from them. Think I may subscribe, but I have a billion patterns for loom knit and crochet i need to organize. But love your site and vids, best I have found so far. Thank you very much for your time and patience.
Thank you Shirley – you are too funny !
My good friend want a newsboy hat with short brim/visor..
Do you have a tutorial? Or do you know a good one?
I have long loom kit as well as the three boyles loom largest 36
She has a bigger head.. Can you help?
Loretta – hats can be made on long looms but it takes sewing and shaping not easy for even advanced beginners. Your 36-peg loom is too small for this project – especially if your friend has a big head. I would ask her to go to eBay and purchase the 41-peg loom – you can get it REALLY cheap. Here is some info: Click HERE . I’m not a fan of Boye – for my review Click HERE . Then here is a list of hats – you should find 2 options – Click HERE
Are those cute little booties loomed, Denise? Can you point me to the pattern even if they AREN’T loomed? Thanks for all your work to help us visual learners!
Hi Margaret, they are loomed. I was testing some techniques for my next pattern with video. Both will be available to you tonight or in the morning. Stay with me. It’s on the way. ?
In loom knitting, there are 4 knit stitches, the e-wrap (loosest),the true knit stitch (reverse purl) the u-wrap, and the flat knit stitch (tightest). This comes in handy when making gauge swatches or adjusting the size or tightness of something, like a sock. The sizes vary by quite a bit, but I’ll get into that somewhere else.
The purl stitch is the opposite of the knit stitch and involves inserting the hook, pulling the working yarn through, taking the existing stitch off the peg and putting the working yarn back onto the peg. It may sound daunting, but it’s actually pretty simple and easy to learn. The true knit stitch is done pretty much the same way, instead of going down, you go up. I’ll explain better in the diagram I sketched.
The knit stitch, when repeated for every row, is also known as stockingette stitch.
How To Knit the True Knit Stitch
This can be done in the round or flat, and single knit. Double knitting is a different technique. Once you get fast at it, it goes by quickly and becomes very simple!
I’ve been wanting to do these tutorials for awhile, but between actually designing and making all my projects it’s been difficult to find the time. So I hope you enjoy this long awaited post. Here we will cover:
- How to cast on your knitting loom using the E-wrap method
- How to create a Twisted Knit Stitch
- How to Purl on a knitting loom
- How to work back and forth on a round loom
I personally like to work counter clockwise around my knitting loom, whether I’m knitting a flat panel or working all the way around. I’m right handed and feel more comfortable holding the hook tool with my right hand and the yarn in my left hand. If you are left handed you may want to work counter clockwise.
Advantages of Removable Pegs
Use your different colored pegs if its appropriate to your pattern. For example, if my pattern repeat is a K2, P2 Rib, then I would set up my loom with a 2 pink peg, and 2 blue peg pattern repeat. It will make it easier to keep track of my pattern because I would know that all pink pegs are knit stitches and all blue pegs are purl stitches.
E-wrap Your First Round
Tie a knot or slip knot, whatever works for you, around the knob on the outside of your loom to fasten it.
Step 1) Starting on the peg directly behind the knob call that Peg 1, run the yarn up the right side of the peg, along the back of the peg, and then forward along the left side of the peg.
Step 2) Continue and carry the yarn along the front of Peg 1, and again along the right side of Peg 1 toward the back. Then carry that yarn along the back side of Peg 1 and Peg 2 (the peg to the left of Peg 1), and along the left side of Peg 2 towards the front.
Step 3) Continue and carry the yarn along the front of Peg 2, and again along the right side of Peg 2 toward the back. Then carry that yarn along the back side of Peg 2 and Peg 3 (the peg to the left of Peg 2), and along the left side of Peg 3 towards the front.
Here’s what it looks like from the front.
Continue in that way all the way around the loom.
Knitting your First Row
If you are knitting your first row, when you get back to Peg 1, you will make a round of E-wraps again, doing exactly the same thing, so that you have 2 wraps, one above the other on each peg.
To Knit your first row
Once you have two rounds of loops wrapped around your pegs, take your hook tool and pluck the bottom loop up and over the top loop and over the peg, letting it rest behind.
Continue in that fashion all the way around the loom until you get back to your first peg. If you’re continuing in Knit Stitch then simply work your way around the loom again doing a round of wrapping and then a round of knitting.
To Purl your first row
You’ll do that initial E-wrap around all your pegs, but when you get back to Peg 1, instead of E-wrapping a second time, you will begin purling.
Step 1) Hold your working yarn in front of Peg 1 and below your E-wrap loop. (Fig. 2)
Step 2) Insert your hook tool in the groove behind your loop and position it in front of your working yarn (Fig. 3)
Step 3) Grab your working yarn with your hook tool and twist the point of it towards the peg into the groove and pull it up between your loop and peg. (Fig. 4)
Step 4) Now you have a new loop. (Fig. 5)
Step 5) Use your fingers, or a combination of hook tool and fingers to lift your original loop off the peg (and put it behind), and position your new loop down around the peg. (Fig. 6 & 7)
Knitting a Flat Panel on a Round Loom
Before you begin, make sure you have the correct number of pegs inserted. For example when I’m only making a flat panel, I like to take out all excess pegs that I won’t be using to ensure that I don’t accidentally go all the way around (this is especially likely to happen if you’re using all the pegs on the loom) I make sure that I limit my project to using 1 peg less than the total number of pegs available. For example our Baby Hat Circular Loom has 44 pegs- I wouldn’t use it for a project that requires more than 43 pegs if I were only working it back and forth.
When following my knitting loom patterns – if it’s a flat panel I indicate in the margins which direction you should be working the row, so it is important that you do your first wrap counterclockwise to save confusion.
If you’re purling- you should have the yarn behind the peg as the finishing point of your last stitch, simply bring that yarn around to the front of the peg carrying it around the outside edge of the work and purl as normal. So if you just finished a row going from left to right, and now you need to go back right to left, carry the yarn around the right edge of that last peg.
If you’re knitting- follow the same steps as above, bringing that yarn around the front of that first peg, then bring it behind the second peg and do your e-wrap. Almost like a figure 8 but you don’t bring it back to the first peg. Then you’re ready to e-wrap across your row.
Here’s a video demonstrating this stitch and working a piece back and forth.
The purl stitch is a great way to create contrasting texture and designs in your project. You can do this on both sides of the board or just one side.
Since it does take a little more time to loom knit the purl stitch, I tend to purl on just one side of the board, leaving the other side Stockinette.
Wrap your first row using the Stockinette stitch. When wrapping the next row, to create the purl stitch, we will bring the yarn below the loop already on the peg.
Once your stitches are wrapped, insert your hook into the top loop and pull the loop away from the peg a bit.
This will allow you to turn the tip of your hook towards the peg and scoop up the bottom loop.
Now pull both loops off the peg…
and return the loop from your hook onto the peg (use your finger to help get the loop back on the peg).
You now have completed a pearl stitch.
Mix and match: Combine your Stockinette stitches and your purl stitches to create a pattern on your work. Instead of changing colors, try the purl stitch!
In this video tutorial, learn how to knit a hat with a loom! If you’ve never knitted before, or never used a loom before – no worries, you can make this! It isn’t difficult at all, and I’ve tried to simplify the steps as much as possible.
I first learned how to make these in elementary school. My classmates and I used to make so many of them! These hats are simple and quick enough that they are a great project for kids and adults alike!
Click the image below to watch the video tutorial:
- Yarn, I used Bernat Maker Home Dec yarn in aqua and pacific varigate
- Knitting Loom, I used this one from Michaels. It needs to be the same size and have the same number of pegs for it to turn out exactly like it did in the video. Here’s the set of all the knitting looms.
A summary of the steps in this video:
•Alternate between knitting and purling each row until it reaches about 5 inches long. Bring first row up and put them back onto the pegs. Knit these together.
•Tie a knot to create a loop in a new color of yarn. Put this on first peg and wrap and knit this row.
•For the rest of the rows, follow the pattern of knitting 4 stitches, and purling 2, knit 4, purl 2. Continue until the hat is about 9 inches long.
•Cut the working yarn, leaving about a two foot tail. Run this yarn through each loop on each peg, and remove them from the pegs. Pull tight to gather the top together and tie some knots through the first loop to secure. Put leftover tail inside hat or weave through.
On the Knitting Loom Instructions #1 page, you will have learned how to cast on your knitting on your round knitting loom (don't worry, the instructions will also work for a long loom).
Now that you have your knitting started on the loom, you are going to need to know how to form some basic knitting stitches.
More Knitting Loom Instructions:
Forming Knit Stitches
To form a knit stitch, hold the yarn above the loop on the next peg.
Using the loom hook lift the bottom loop up and over the top loop, and allow it to slip over the peg to the back of the work to form the stitch.
Forming Twisted Knit Stitches
The method for doing twisted knit stitches is slightly different to normal knit stitches.
Holding the loom in your left hand, take the yarn behind and then around the second peg crossing the yarn at the back of the peg. Continue all the way around the loom twice so that you have two loops on each peg.
Fasten the yarn on the holding peg on the side of the loom.
Then using the hook tool, work your way around the loom lifting the bottom loop on the first peg up and over the top loop to form each knit stitch. Continue all the way around the loom.
Forming Purl Stitches
Purl stitches are different again.
Rather than holding the yarn above the loop on the peg, you hold it below the loop. Then using the loom tool you go under the top loop from above, hook the bottom loop and pull the yarn through.
To complete the stitch lift both the top loop and the new loop you have just made off the peg. Allow the top loop to slip down and lift the new loop back onto the peg to form your stitch.
Are You Looking for More Advanced Instructions?
Once you have mastered these basic knitting loom instructions you are probably going to be ready for something a little more challenging.
Although many people tend to think loom knitting is limited to stocking stitch, with a bit of imagination and experimentation you can use a knitting loom or frame to do any of the traditional knitting styles.
One way to find out just what you can do with your knitting loom is to have a look through the book pictured on the right. It is available from Amazon.com (click on the image to check it out) and you can get it in paperback or for your kindle.
If it is not quite what you are looking for, take some time to check out the other books that are available at Amazon. I am sure you will find one to suit your needs.
And don't forget that you can always move from using a round loom to a knitting board and give double knitting a try if you are looking for a challenge!
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Archive: Purl Stitch for Knifty Knitter Loom
There's a pattern I want to make as a Christmas present on the Knifty
Knitter. My problem is I only know the basic stockinette stitch. I
need to know how to purl.
Purl Stitch for Knifty Knitter Loom
Go on Youtube. There is video that will teach you how to purl, will be easier to see, than explaining. Good luck. (11/27/2009)
Purl Stitch for Knifty Knitter Loom
Isela has a great video on the purl stitch. (12/01/2009)
Archive: Purl Stitch for Knifty Knitter Loom
I just purchased a set of round Knifty Knitter looms. I made 2 "practice" pieces, a hat and a pair of slipper socks, both using the regular knit stitch. I'd now like to learn how to make the purl stitch with these looms. I'm not a knitter so does anyone have an easy, basic way of explaining how to do this? Thank you in advance and Happy 2009!
Claudia from San Francisco, CA
Purl Stitch for Knifty Knitter Loom
or Google "Knifty Knitter Purl Stitch" for other options. (01/05/2009)
Purl Stitch for Knifty Knitter Loom
You can join the yahoo knifty knitter group and learn a lot from them. I hope this works for you. (01/08/2009)
Thank you for showing new stitches and sharing your talent.
You're Welcome Anonymous, Thanks for the nice comment! 🙂
Nice! Great collection.
A couple of these are new to me.
In a quick glance of these, let me note that row 2 of the two stitch check should be edited. You inadvertently put the same thing on row 2 as row 1, instead of flipping them, although I think row 1 and 2 could just as easily be the same, with the flip happening on rows 3 and 4.
On that same note, on the double moss, the in the round version is the only way I've done it. Is there a particular reason why you work the rows somewhat differently (or I should say, in a slightly different order – doing only one row, initially, before you flip the stitches) in the flat panel version? Just wondering.
First, let me say thanks for looking over the post and checking it for errors. I don't have a proofreader for this blog so it's always nice to have extra eyes. I can't find errors with either stitch that you have pointed out. Perhaps you are thinking of different versions of these stitches. Many stitches have the same name but aren't the same stitch.
Here is the needle version of the Two Stitch Check.
Two Stitch Check by Claire Crompton
Multiple of 4 sts plus 2
Row 1 K2 *p2, k2, rep from * to end.
Row 2 P2 *K2, p2, rep from * to end.
Row 3 Same as row 2.
Row 4 Same as row 1.
Row 2 has been changed to the opposite stitch to accommodate the fact that we don't knit on the wrong side.
As for the double moss. The flat version and the "in the round" version are always different unless you are working with an odd number of stitches. As far as I can tell this one is correct also unless you see an error with it. Have a great day-Nicole
How Do You Knit On A Round Loom. Attach a slip knot to the horizontal peg. One of the ladies asked me if she should spend her money buying more round looms.
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Move stitch 2 to peg 1 and place stitch 1 on peg 2. If you got hooked on loom knitting by making a hat on a round plastic loom, you’ve already done it. I thought about all the things can be made on a round loom.
The Createry Shop All Free Knitting Patterns Loom
Keeping this in consideration, what size loom do i use for a hat?. This is an easy and fairly quick loom project if you're looking to create a cute and useful accessory. So when you get to the last peg you’re going. How to knit on a loom method 1 method 1 of 5:
If you find that your weaving loosens up, you can snip into the warp loop and tie it so that it tightens down into the weaving, and hide the knot. One of the ladies asked me if she should spend her money buying more round looms. The more rounds you weave and fit in the sturdier it will be. In this tutorial you will learn how to loom knit a scrubby 2 different ways on a round from start to finish. Connect the panels and finish
I thought about all the things can be made on a round loom. The woman gives very good, clear demonstrations of the cast on method and stitch method. You may have already loom knit in the round without even realizing it. 8 how do you use a round loom for beginners? A simple knit hat, scarves, bracelets, umbrella holders, ties and belts.
Steps download article 1 take your working yarn and make a slipknot to put on your first peg. This version uses the fold over brim method,. If you got hooked on loom knitting by making a hat on a round plastic loom, you’ve already done it. Take your knitting hook and go to the last peg you wrapped. Take your yarn and make.
In this tutorial you will learn how to loom knit a scrubby 2 different ways on a round from start to finish. How to knit a scarf on a round loom how many rows should a scarf be? 5 how do you use a round weaving loom? Keeping this in consideration, what size loom do i use for a hat?. But this is still basic loom knitting instructions.
How to loom knit a blanket on round loom for beginners 1. This is an easy and fairly quick loom project if you're looking to create a cute and useful accessory. The knit stitch is achieved by using your hook to pull at the yarn looped around your peg, to create a new loop. The woman gives very good, clear demonstrations of the cast on method and stitch method. What can i knit with a round loom?
How to knit a scarf on a round loom how many rows should a scarf be? 9 is it easier to knit on a loom? 3 take all the loops that are on the pegs and place them at the top of the peg. Using different yarn, loom gauge, plus other differences will make the width different than mine. By lifting the old loop up and over, you replace with the new loop on your peg to create a new knit stitch.
Now loop the bottom yarn over all around the loom. One of the ladies asked me if she should spend her money buying more round looms. So when you get to the last peg you’re going. What kind of stuff could she make. Connect the panels and finish
8 how do you use a round loom for beginners? Here is the story behind the challenge. I was teaching a beginners round loom knitting class during a warm south florida weekend. She was shocked to discover that not all the finished work had to be round. Method 2 method 2 of 5:
3 can you knit a blanket on a round loom? We’re going to be knitting flat. How do you use a circle loom? 7 what can i make on a round loom? 19 how many stitches should i cast on for a scarf?
By PurlingSprite Follow
There are various methods to cast on a knitting loom, the method shown here is the Crochet Cast on. The Crochet Cast on provides a nice, non-loopy edge that works well for most of the loom knitted items: like socks, scarves, blankets–or any other item that has the first row showing.
If you are knitting a hat that doesn’t have a brim/cuff, this would be an option to the e-wrap cast on method.
Step 1: Forming a Slip Knot
With your working yarn, form a small circle–the short tail of the working yarn should be at the top.
Step 2: Move the Circle Over
Grab the circle and move it on top of the yarn that is coming from the ball of yarn.
Step 3: Pull the Working Yarn Through
Insert your fingers inside the circle and grab the yarn coming from the ball of yarn.
Step 4: Pull on the Yarn Tails
Holding to the circle/loop formed in step 3, pull gently on the two ends of the yarn–the beginning tail and that coming from the yarn ball.
Step 5: Starting Your Cast On
Place slip knot on the first peg on the knitting loom.
Step 6: Insert Crochet Hook Through Slip Knot
With crochet hook in hand, insert it through the slip knot on the first peg.
Step 7: Form the First Chain
Hook the working yarn with crochet hook thus forming a small loop.
Step 8: Place Loop on Next Peg
Place the loop on the next adjacent empty peg. To the left if knitting clockwise. To the right if knitting counterclockwise. Be sure to keep the working yarn towards the center of the knitting loom.
Step 9: Continue Down the Knitting Loom
Following the Steps 6-8, continue down the knitting loom casting on the needed number of stitches.
Step 10: How It Looks
You knitting loom should have 1 loop on each peg and working yarn should be on the inside of the knitting loom.
Step 11: When Casting on for a Flat Panel
Place the loop on the crochet hook on the last peg needed for the flat panel.
Step 12: When Knitting in the Round:
When knitting in the round: place the loop from the crochet hook on the first peg. First peg will have two loops, all the other pegs should have 1. When you start knitting, treat the two loops on peg 1 as one loop.
Knitting loom is threaded and ready to be worked.
Step 13: Items You Can Make on a Knitting Loom:
Although the knitting loom is round, you can knit almost anything on it, from scarves, hats, bags, and even sweaters!
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Question 2 years ago
Yo, why AM I doing this ??
Use a latch hook instead,if you want to. Its much faster once you get the hang of it. Once, I made an anime cat ears hat! It was adorable!!
I have learned the knit and purl stitches on the loom and am wondering if it is possible to convert regular knit patterns into loom patterns? Can you provide some direction or instructable on this?
I love knitting with needles and crochet. It is another skill I love doing! You can do almost everything with the loom you can with the needles. Baby things, blankets, socks, hats of all shapes and style the list goes on and on. This is one of the best ways to start your loom knitting. Give the loom a chance and enjoy! Make yourself happy doing what you love doing! It is fast and portable. BTW. I haven’t ever had my loom taken away from me when I fly. Bottom line, It is a fun craft. Great Job PurlingSprite!
11 years ago on Step 3
An easier way of doing this is to take the tail of the yarn and wrap it around your finger twice. Take the bottom loop on your finger and pull it over the top loop. Grab the now bottom loop (was the top) and pull it up and over your finger making sure the now top loop (that was the bottom) stays on your finger. Pull the string tight and slip off your finger. You now have the perfect slip-knot.