A stitch that is knitted will have a smooth “V” at its base, whereas a stitch that is purled will have a bump at its base. One of my knitting students told me that the way she could identify a “purl” stitch is that it looks like it is wearing a “pearl” necklace!
What is the first stitch in knitting?
There are only two basic stitches in knitting: The knit stitch, and its reverse counterpart, the purl stitch. Basically all other stitches are either combinations or variations of the two.
What is knitted stitch?
: a basic knitting stitch usually made with the yarn at the back of the work by inserting the right needle into the front part of a loop on the left needle from the left side, catching the yarn with the point of the right needle, and bringing it through the first loop to form a new loop — compare purl stitch.
What does wrong side facing mean in knitting?
The wrong side is the back side of the fabric, and will be on the inside of a garment. When the right side of the fabric is facing you, you’re working on a right side row. When the wrong side of the fabric is facing you, you’re working on a wrong side row.
Why do my knits look like purls?
You get garter stitch when you knit both sides – at the end of each knitted row, you turn and start knitting again. This happens in garter because purl stitches are bumpier / stick out further than knit stitches. The knit stitches hide. You can see them if you stretch the work vertically (stretch away from the needle).