Switching Between Knit + Purl
When a row includes both knits and purls, you have to prepare the working yarn so it is properly positioned to make the next stitch. For knit stitches, this means making sure that the working yarn is coming from the back of the work and, for purl stitches, that the working yarn is coming from the front of the work. In the case of a 1 x 1 rib or seed stitch, both of which alternate between 1 knit and 1 purl, you have to move your working yarn back and forth between every single stitch.
Watch this motion in action, as we demonstrate the 1×1 rib we use in our Classic Ribbed Hat, or take it slow with our step-by-step instructions, below.
SWITCHING BETWEEN KNIT + PURL : STEP-BY-STEP
Here we’re demonstrating the seed stitch version of our Learn To Knit scarf. Like 1×1 rib, seed stitch is a knit 1, purl 1 pattern. To get started, make a knit stitch like normal: with the yarn coming from the back of the work, insert the right needle into the stitch and knit it.
Now bring the working yarn forward between the needles so it is in the proper position to purl.
Purl the next stitch as usual.
Bring the working yarn back between the needles so it is ready to knit.
That’s switching between knit and purl stitches! You’re ready to work 1×1 rib, seed stitch, and so many more beautiful stitch patterns!