Working into the row below is easier than it sounds! Check out our video explaining how to knit into the stitch below, aka “knit one below” or “k1b.”

Excited to try out this new technique?

Working into the Stitch Below | Purl Soho

Try our Seafaring Scarf (pictured above) or Color Dipped Hat and Color Dipped Scarf (pictured below) or Fisherman’s Rib Scarf + Cowl, (pictured at the bottom).

Photo Tutorial

The following tutorial also explains knitting (and then, purling) into the stitch below, but with still photographs instead of moving video…

Knit 1 Below
  • Insert the right needle into the space right below the next stitch, indicated by the white arrow, above left.
  • Knit as you normally would, allowing the stitch to fall off the left needle as usual (feels a little scary at first, but don’t worry!).
  • If you turn the work over, you will see that 2 stitches are wrapped around the stitch you just made.
Purl 1 Below

And here is how to purl into the stitch below, commonly phrased “purl one below” and abbreviated “p1b”…

  1. Insert the right needle from back to front (just like normal purling) into the space below the next stitch, right under the purl bump. The white arrow, above left, shows the spot.
  2. Purl as you normally would, allowing the stitch to fall off the left needle as usual.
  3. If you look below the stitch you just made, you will see that it is wrapped by 2 stitches.

And that’s all there is to working into the stitch below!