You can make an entire scarf in purl stitches! By purling the scarf, you are making garter
stitches, which many do in knit stitches. There is an advantage that the edges would not curl.
But most people find this technique more difficult than knitting.
Many recommend knitting rather than purling because you can make your knitting projects
much faster. It might be the perfect technique for you if you want to practice your purling and
come up with the same result.
You must purl every round, knitting in the round if you want to make an infinity scarf. When you
use this technique, the result would is a reversed stockinette stitch. If you are going to make it
faster, you could knit the entire infinity scarf and turn it inside out.
Another technique you can use to purl an entire scarf is by purling every row – if you are knitting flat.As mentioned before, this will result in a garter stitch scarf. You will come up with the same result if you knit every row. But by doing this technique, you would master your purling.
List of Contents:
- What is the difference between knit and purl?
- How do you knit and purl a scarf?
- What is knit one purl one called?
- What is knit two purl two called?
- What happens if you purl every row?
- Can you purl both sides?
- How do you tell if you knit or purl the last row?
- Why does my knit stitch look like purl?
- What’s the best stitch for a scarf?
What is the difference between knit and purl?
Purl stitches and knit stitches are the same, but they mirror each other. While both stitches create bumps in the knitting, the purl stitch creates bumps on the front. And the knit stitch creates bumps on the back.
A knit stitch, also called a plain stitch, is the most basic stitch used in knitting. This stitch is what every new knitter first learns.
A purl stitch is the second stitch beginners learn. It is the opposite of knitting because it looks like the back of a knit stitch. This type of stitches will look like a wavy horizontal line across your knitted fabric.
If you knit and purl, you will see that the back of a knit stitch looks like a purl stitch. Meanwhile, the back of purl stitch looks like a knit stitch.
Using both knit and purls, you will see that purl stitches have little horizontal bumps in front. Meanwhile, your yarn comes round either side in a small “v” in your knit stitches.
A combination of knit stitches and purl stitches is also the same as a garter stitch. Many knitters use this stitch for simple knitted fabrics. Meanwhile, a Stockinette stitch is a combination of alternating knit and purl stitches.
How do you knit and purl a scarf?
Purling is knitting in the opposite orientation. So when you combine knitting and purling when
creating a scarf, you come up with a ribbed scarf.
First, of course, you need to choose your yarn. Remember that it is always easier to see your stitches with light-colored yarns. Using light-colored yarns are especially advisable for beginners.
There are two different styles to purl your scarf – English and Continental. You can mix both styles or choose whatever style you are comfortable to use. It is advisable to use the Continental style when mixing purling and knitting. It will give smoother yarn transitions between positions.
For a Continental stitch, you must first cast on 26 stitches. Swap your needles, so the empty needle is in your right hand.
Once you finish casting, you start knitting the first stitch. If you are a new learner, then you can follow these simple steps:
- Insert your needle through the front of your stitch.
- Wrap your yarn around your needle in a clockwise direction.
- Pull the yarn wrapped around the needle through the old stitch.
- Pull the old stitch off your needles, and move on to the next stitches.
After you knit the first stitch, you bring your yarn to the front of your left needle. Bring your right needle through the next stitch from the right-hand side. Then, wrap your working yarn counterclockwise around your right needle.
Next, you must rotate your right needle back out of the stitch as you take a loop of your working yarn with it. Let the stitch come off of your left needle.
Proceed to knit the next stitch. Then do these easy steps again:
- Bring your yarn to the front.
- Your right needle goes on the right-hand side.
- You grab your working yarn.
- You twist it back and out.
- Then, finally, you release it from your left needle.
You can choose other techniques if you are not comfortable using the Continental style. For
fabrics like scarves, a knit one purl one rib is also advisable.
When you use the knit one purl one rib for your scarf, you should see the knit and purl stitches on top of one another. If you flip your work back and forth, you will see your purl stitches recede on one side. Doing this, you will also see that their knit side appears on the other side.
What is knit one purl one called?
A single rib refers to a knit one purl one rib, abbreviated as k1 p1 . It refers to a stretchy piece of knitting usually used for cuffs and hems.
If you want to make a single rib, you must knit one stitch and purl the next one. You repeat this
alternating sequence until the end of the row.
You must take your yarn to the front before you start purling whenever you transition from a knit stitch to a purl stitch. Whenever you transition from purling to knitting, you must take the thread to the back of your work.
Making a single rib is possible on either an odd or even number of stitches. But, there are different patterns to follow when working on an odd or even number.
For an even number of stitches, you follow this pattern:
Row 1: knit one, purl one, repeat until the end of the row.
Then, you repeat the pattern until you reach your desired length for your project.
But, for an odd number of stitches, you follow this pattern:
Row 1: knit one, purl one, repeat until the last stitch, then knit one
Row 2: purl one, knit one, repeat until the end of the row.
Then you repeat the pattern until you reach your desired length.
What is knit two purl two called?
A 2×2 rib stitch refers to a knit two purl two. Using alternating knit two purl two stitches on your knit will add elasticity to your project.
This technique is perfect for every beginner. The 2×2 rib stitch is ideal if you love knitting scarves, blankets, hats, and ribbing projects. This pattern is also a reversible one, which means that both sides, the right and wrong sides, are identical.
When flat knitting, cast on several stitches that are divisible by four. Then you follow this pattern:
Row 1: (RS) knit two, purl 2, repeat until the end of the row.
Row 2: (WS) knit two, purl two, repeat until the end of the row.
Then repeat these steps until you reach your desired length.
When you are knitting in the round, cast on several stitches divisible by four and follow this pattern:
Row 1: knit two, purl two, repeat until the end of the row.
Row 2: knit two, purl two, repeat until the end of the row.
Then, repeat these steps until you reach your desired length.
What happens if you purl every row?
For beginners, a purl stitch looks like the backside of a knit stitch. When you purl every row, you will get a bumpy texture like a knitted garter stitch.
You also come up with a garter stitch if you make a row of knit stitches. Turn and make another row of knit stitches until you reach the length you want for your knitted fabric.
Can you purl both sides?
When you choose to purl an entire scarf, you can choose to either purl or knit both sides of your fabric. If you decide to purl both sides, you will come up with a garter stitch, which is the same result if you knit it.
If you choose to make a purl stitch on one side, and make a knit stitch on the other, you get a stockinette stitch.
How do you tell if you knit or purl the last row?
It is sometimes tricky to tell if you should knit or purl the last row of your project. It is especially confusing for those who only started learning knitting.
The simplest way to know if you knit or purl your last row is your working yarn orientation. If you are working on a Stockinette stitch and your yarn comes from the back of the needle, you knit the last row. But if it comes from the front, then you should purl your fabric’s last row.
If you are working on a stitch where you use alternating knit and purl stitches, then knowing which row is knit and purl is essential.
When you see little horizontal bumps in front of your knitted fabric, it means that it is a purl stitch, and you should knit the last row. But, if your yarn comes round either side in a small “v,” then it is a knit stitch, and you should purl your last row.
Why does my knit stitch look like purl?
Do not worry if you feel stuck and cannot tell whether your stitch is a knit or a purl. There is a way to tell the two stitches apart.
You should expect something that looks like a garter stitch when you knit on straight needles and knit every row. You would not get the small “v” figures in a stockinette stitch. If you want to see the v’s, you would have to knit one row, then purl the next one.
Knitting is fun and a relaxing activity until it gets baffling, and you feel stuck, especially if you are only starting to learn the craft. Even old-time knitters commit mistakes sometimes. Keep practicing and develop your love for the art.
What’s the best stitch for a scarf?
There are different patterns you can use to stitch a scarf. But if you are a beginner, using the basic garter stitch is the perfect one for you. It is quick, but the results are outstanding.
Some expert knitters would agree that a garter stitch scarf is an excellent go-to pattern for stitching scarves. It can quickly knit up, and you can make a completely different look with minor adjustments.
Although it is a simple project, you can add different textures to your scarf, use smaller or bigger needles, or use various weights of yarn. There are countless options when using this technique.
Knitting an entire scarf with a garter stitch is nothing more than repetitive basic knit stitches. It is the perfect project for beginners!
Making your garter stitch scarf is easy and quick! All you need to do are these simple steps:
- You should carefully choose your needles and yarn.
- Cast on, depending on how wide you want your scarf to be.
- Start knitting, repeating the same knit stitch.
- You can choose to add a second color, but make sure to use the same yarn.
- When you reach the length you want for your scarf, you may now bind off.
- Then finally, you weave your thread in and out of the edges.