Nemcsok Farms is a family owned and operated by Evelyne and Michael Nemcsok, and is located 20 km north of Englehart, Ontario, Canada. Our farm consists of 200 + acres that includes woodlot, fields, a sand pit, some wetlands, a vegetable garden, flower beds and gardens, some rocky outcrops, and a nice yard for us to enjoy also. We produce forage and grain crops, vegetables, plants, flowers, firewood and custom plowing, cultivating, seeding and more. Welcome to our family farm! We are located 20 km north of Englehart, Ontario, Canada. Stick around for some gardening tips, DIYs, Recipes, Crafts, and other great ideas for how to use the things around you to create a better, more natural lifestyle. We also offer custom ploughing, seeding, cultivating and more. We sell harvested wild flower seeds collected from our property, as well as birch firewood bundles, wholesale only.

HOW TO KNIT PART 3: PURL STITCH

Add a new dimension to your knitting with the Purl Stitch.  Although You can technically complete a project without using the purl stitch, if you want to add elasticity to your project, you need to use the purl stitch.  But, fear not my friends, I’ll show you how to do it.

How to Make a Purl Stitch. Part 3 of a step by step tutorial on the basic stitches of knitting.

Adding Depth and Shape

We’ve previously covered Building a Foundation with Casting ON, and Creating the Structure with the Knit Stitch, so what comes next naturally is how to add shape and depth to your knitting.  You need to know how to do the Purl Stitch, in order to create elastic ribbing, such as in cuffs of sweaters, etc. and you need to know how to do the Purl Stitch if you want to create that smooth surface that you see on the ‘right side’ of many knitted pieces.  Also, there is a stitch out there called the Moss or Seed Stitch that produces and amazing textured piece, and yep – you need to know how to purl. In future articles we’ll explore the various combinations of knit / purl stitches, and until then, you need to work on mastering the purl stitch.

Beware, the Purl Stitch is what I had the hardest time learning!  It took going over it again and again and again. But now I have it figured out entirely, and I’m here to show you how.

How to Make a Purl Stitch

  1. Hold the needle with the cast on stitches in your left hand.  The old stitches are the ones on the left, and you will be making new stitches with the right needle.How to Make a Purl Stitch. Part 3 of a step by step tutorial on the basic stitches of knitting.
  2. With the needle in your right hand, and the working yarn in front of your needles, insert the right needle in to the stitch you are going to purl from right to left.How to Make a Purl Stitch. Part 3 of a step by step tutorial on the basic stitches of knitting.
  3. Bring the working yarn between the needles from right to left and around the right needle.  This will be your new stitch.    How to Make a Purl Stitch. Part 3 of a step by step tutorial on the basic stitches of knitting.
  4. Move the right needle, with the new stitch on it, through the old stitch and away from you.How to Make a Purl Stitch. Part 3 of a step by step tutorial on the basic stitches of knitting.How to Make a Purl Stitch. Part 3 of a step by step tutorial on the basic stitches of knitting.
  5. Slip the old stitch off the needle, and tighten your new stitch.How to Make a Purl Stitch. Part 3 of a step by step tutorial on the basic stitches of knitting.
  6. Tighten your working yarn just a little to secure your new stitch. 

 

 

PRACTICE THE PURL STITCH

This DIY Infinity Scarf is the perfect pattern to practice what you have learned so far.  You may also want to check out this Kid’s Pom Pom Hat  that uses the fundamentals we have worked on so far, plus some really simple decreasing.  I say go ahead and try it!  You may surprise yourself – and don’t forget, I’m happy to help you along the way.

If you’re looking for more – join our group Nemcsok Farms Knitters – a community of people who love to knit.

We’d love to have you!



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