… or "The night I learned to Purl properly…"

One of the reasons why my 2×2 scarf has taken me so long to do is that until about 2 weeks ago, I was unknowingly twisting my purl stitches.

I couldn’t understand why the rib fought me so much. On the WS, I found that I was having to knit into the back of the knit stitches to make it work. The front of the stitch was just not open to me putting the neddle into it at all.

Now, that’s OK, but it does slow your flow down drastically. I would do maybe 6cm or so, and get fed up with it and swap to doing something else. (Normally non-knitting related!)

However, I was searching for information on how to make socks, and came accross

There are some wonderful videos, and Amy has worked hard to make everything really clear and understandable.However, it can be a little slow to download, even on Broadband, so I spent the $20, and bought the CD from the site.

I got the CD about 4 days after i ordered it, on a Friday night. So, as I wasn’t out and about (for a change!) I picked up a ball of black Jaeger Aran, and some 6mm needles, so I could practise along with the Vids I was watching…

Apart from being very impressed with the layout of the CD, and th quality of the videos and narration of her stitches, I hadn’t realised that when I was purling, I was throwing the yarn around the needle clockwise. It just made sence that way, however, as you can no doubt guess, that is what was making my life purling hell. From the videos, I saw that you throw anti-clockwise, whether you are knitting or purling, and once I got that, it made my ribbing so much easier!

I stayed up until 4am, playing with various style of inc and dec, YO, and learned seed stitch with my new found purling confidence.

I made this swatch. Of course, I now wish I had picked up the cream Aran, so you could see all my pretty stitching!

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