Happy Sunday! This Sunday Stitch comes by special request and as such it was a last-minute job. There is a knitter out there that won’t get through Christmas if she can’t turn her knits into purls… or was it purls into knits? I’m so mired down in holiday to-dos that I can’t honestly remember. But no matter, I cover both in the video below.
And pulling a switcher-oo to change knits to purl (or purls to knits) is quite the handy skill. You never know when you’ll look down and realize you purled the last 18 stitches like a doo-doo. Or even worse, when you find a mistaken stitch three rows down.
In this video I demonstrate how to change stitches using first a crochet hook and then using your knitting needles.
Honestly, the method with a crochet hook is easier for me and the one I prefer. If you’re an only-knitting kind of crafter you might want to pick up a hook for just this reason. Check out the Silvalume “Handi-Tool”.
Its a little tool with a hook on one end and point on the other and its perfect for quick fixes in your knitting. They sell them in most craft and yarn stores. I love mine. I love all three of mine and even blogged about them.
As I say in that video, one of those methods will work for you I just know it. And then you will have the god-like power to switch any stitch in your knitting from knits to purls. And then you can switch them back again. So enjoy!
"There is no failure. Only feedback." - Robert Allen
6 Comments on "Turning Knit to Purls and Purls to Knits"
Thanks for another great vid. I kind of knew this, but I always get the stitch twisted, so this cleared up that problem for me.
I have to admit that in my own knitting, I’m pretty slack about backwards stitches. When I make them (which is all the time), I just fix them on the next row (by going through the back loop). But in my teaching I have to be on my mettle and not so lazy, lol.
Wonderful video! As always so clear and easy to understand. And I really needed this. Thank you.
Then you are very welcome! Its a handy skill and has been known to prevent much tinking. 🙂
Thanks Jenn for sharing! How do you pick up a dropped stitch that several rows back in garter stitch? I know how in stockinette.
To fix garter stitch going “up rows” you would make one row a knit stitch and the next a purl stitch and the next a knit stitch and so on. If you get the sequence started correctly (it will depend on where you are in the knitting) and alternate knits & purls, it will look just like garter stitch.