How to knit: Tutorial 2, Purl Stitch
It’s a new week, and I hope you are all feeling good to go, ready for new things 🙂
Mr P. went off to a conference in Belgium, so I spent most of the night listening for sounds, creaking etc in our old house… Funny, when he is home, I sleep like the Grateful Dead, even if he has been called out…but let him not be coming home, and I suddenly turn into an insomniac. At 1am, I heard a funny rustling sound in the kitchen, froze for a few seconds (duvet clutched high to my neck…as if this was going to save me from whatever was lurking in the house…I mean get real, what?, am I still 2 years old…..), seriously gathered my courage, and leapt out of bed, de-activated the alarm, (I may have grabbed some implement to use as a weapon…the details are kind of fuzzzy), and flung myself headlong into the kitchen….only to be met by silence……
I stood still for a few seconds, and heard the noise again….coming from the grocery cupboard!
In one way, I must have been relieved, (as it could obviously not be an intruder), because I grabbed the handle of the door, yanked it open, and then proceeded to stare in shock and surprise at a tiny mouse. He/she and I stared at each other for what seemed like minutes, and as if it was choreographed, both of us started running into door, walls etc… I don’t know who was more alarmed. I am pathetic! This is a girl who can take a proper bruise without too much fuss, and I freak out at a mouse!!!!! Should I ever be questioned about this, I shall swear it was a large hairy rat…
The result of my nocturnal bravery was that I slept only for a few hours, and consequently went to work looking like Cousin It…
My eldest nonchalantly tells me this morning that “Yes, Marmalade likes the kitchen…”
They KNOW about this creature, but they haven’t told me (the little monsters), and they have been aiding and abetting the mouse, whom they have called Marmalade… I really don’t have words…..
The pic above is again from the Wild Coast. We spend quite a lot of time down there with friends and family. Every holiday, all of the neighbours’ kids end up at our house and then inevitably all the parents follow, which is really very nice and communal in a way… the dads organise touch rugby matches on the beach, and all can join in , big and small… this is so disorganised, the smallies run off with the ball, the little girls do ballet and dances in the middle of the “field” and rules are made up as we go 🙂 Summers are so wonderful…
Onto the business of the day! 🙂
I have prepared the second Knitting Tutorial: the Purl Stitch. The toy pattern that I’ll be blogging about will use only these basic stitches: Knit and Purl (no fancy stuff yet…)
Step 1. At the end of the last post, you had finished the knit row, and you now need to turn your work around. At this point in time, you will always be working from the right side of your stitches to the left, ie the stitches are transferred from the left hand needle onto the right hand needle, as you have knitted or purled.
Later, I will show you how to knit back, so that the same side of the work always faces you…
but that’s for another day!
Step 2. Ok, so your first stitch has got a small bump like thing at the bottom of it (as do all the stitches on this side). This is how you identify a purl stitch/row. The knit stitch has a “v” shaped look. Remember when you were making a knit stitch, you placed the needle from front to back, through the first (and subsequent stitches)… for a purl stitch it is the opposite. You place your needle throught the first stitch and subsequent stitches, from back to front, as shown above.
But wait! There is a catch! You have to move your working yarn to in front of the needle, before you place your needle through the stitch . Have a close look at the pic above.
Step 4. In the pic above, imagine that the first stitch is represented by the turquoise oval. It moves off the left needle onto the right needle in the direction shown. This is called slipping a stitch.
Step 6. You will wrap the working yarn anti-clockwise around the tip of your right hand needle (the working yarn moves between the needle tips), as seen above.
Step 9. Look at the pic above again if you are unsure… you will now have two stitches (both purl) on your right hand needle. Let the “used” stitch on the left needle slip off in the direction shown.
Step 10. Well done!!! You have finished two purled stitches… 🙂