Knitting Vs. Pearl Stitches

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Knitting and pearl stitches are a bit different. Learn about the difference between these two ways of knitting in this free knitting video.

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Hi. I'm Jeanette White on behalf of Expert Village and Piper's Quilts and Comforts located in Sugar House. Today we're going to talk about how to determine a knit stitch from a purl stitch. So, for example, let's say you're doing a ribbing and you're doing a knit 2, purl 2 and you're doing a great job and you're chugging along and then you put it down for a day or two and you come back to your knitting and you're not exactly sure where you're supposed to begin. Well what you want to do is look at the next stitch that's on your left hand needle or your to do needle and if it forms a little heart as you can see right here. This is smooth and it forms a little heart. You can see this right here. This is a knit stitch as opposed to a very, very stark contrast of a purl stitch. A purl stitch forms a little loop right here, or a little bump. So if you just remember that a knit stitch is a heart and it's smooth and a purl stitch is a kind of a bump and it's a lot rougher. You can see on this piece here. This is a whole side of knit and this would be a whole side of purl. So you don't have to keep track of what you did on your last stitch you can just look at your next stitch on your left hand needle and if it's smooth and it forms a little heart then it's a knit stitch and if it's bumpy like this one is here then you know that's a purl stitch. And that's how you make the determination.

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