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Old 11-22-2009, 07:41 PM   #11
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Yes, probably. If you end a row with purl sts, you knit them when you turn the row. But it's good to learn to read your knitting so when you do ribbing, you knit those sts that look like knits and purl the purls on the row that you're doing.
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Old 11-22-2009, 07:42 PM   #12
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If the last five stitches on the row were K3, P2 the next row would begin K2, P3. But what everyone is trying to help you learn is that it is way better not to think about it that way at all. When you turn back to work the next row you should work the stitches as they appear to you ready to be knit. If the stitch ready to be worked has the little "vee" right below the needle you knit it. If the stitch you are ready to work has the bump right below the needle you purl it. I remember it by thinking that pearls are round like the purl bumps.
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Old 01-02-2010, 05:04 AM   #13
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just knit when you do not see that little bump, and purl it if you do see a bump around that stitch. it is so confusing at first but when you get the hang of it its easy.
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Old 03-27-2010, 10:12 PM   #14
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SO HELPFUL
I taught myself how to knit, so until recently I had no idea there was such a thing as purling. I have been all over this site and learned a ton, but especially this! Thank you SOOO much for that example picture, it makes so much more sense now! You guys were all really helpful!!
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I always share this sample so knitters can learn what the stitches look like.
Thank you so much for showing this image!! I'm a very new knitter and now I understand why my ribbing never turned out right! I was doing it backward! So helpful!!
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Old 08-24-2010, 05:55 PM   #17
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This just clicked for me last night!

The only problem is, the yarn I'm currently working with is dark dark dark purple and so it's still hard to distinguish one stitch from another unless I go slow and have a really bright light shining directly on it. I now know what the stitches are supposed to look like, I just can't see them, heh. So until I'm on another project with easier-to-see yarn, I'm stuck with keeping count in my head, "knit, purl. Knit, purl." lol!

But this tutorial really helped me get it. I still can't distinguish end stitches, but the ones in the middle of the row I can tell apart.
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Old 08-31-2010, 04:50 PM   #18
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I think that I get it now...my first experience was looking pretty funky but I was not moving my thread to the back then to the front. You can imagine what a mess it was!!!! I now have to go try. I would love to know better how to "read" my stitches...I guess it comes with time. I got no sound on your video. but thank you...it helped! beckie
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So glad it is clicking for you now!

The video I made has no sound. I think I had a cold when I taped it, and my voice was awful. I'm glad my "silent movie" still got the message across.
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it is ALL the thing about knitting to read your knitting.
once you know that, all becomes easier.

ribbing is only the beginning... in patterns and lace it really becomes practical to identify a knit, a purl, a yarn over, a k2tog a ssk and so on. Learning as a little child this "reading my knitting" came to me naturally. But I do think that adult new knitters have a much harder time at it sometimes. They THINK too much!

btw: great advantage: if you can read knitting, you can often "steal ideas" by just looking at knitware. on the bus, in the shop, on the net. it is all there right infront of your eyes. just learn to read it!
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