How to Knit in Jersey

How to Knit in Jersey

How to Knit in Jersey

Contents

    – Knitting in purl jersey

    – Knitting in purl stitch

    – Adding selvage stitches in stockinette stitch

Knitting in stockinette is the perfect exercise for beginners who want to learn how to knit because all you need to know is the basic stitches: the purl and the obverse stitch. It is a regular, flat stitch used to knit sweaters easily. It has the peculiarity of rolling on the edges, so it is advisable to use it for works requiring seams or adding borders so that it does not roll. There are two types of stockinette stitch: purl and a single stitch.

Here’s how to knit in purl or obverse stockinette.

Knitting in right-side stockinette

Right side stockinette stitch is achieved by alternating one row of right side stitch with one row of purl stitch when knitting with straight needles. The right side stockinette is a sequence of V’s on the right side of the work. As it rolls over the edges, it is possible to add selvages to obtain a flat knit.

Knitting in right-sided stockinette with straight needles

    1. Knit the desired number of stitches. Jersey stitch is knitted on an even or odd number of stitches because it is not a fancy stitch.

    2. Knit the first-row right side up.

    3. Knit the second-row purl.

    4. Always repeat these two rows throughout the knitting process.

Remember: place the yarn in front of the work when knitting purl and behind the work when knitting purl.

Knitting in right side stockinette with circular needles

Right side stockinette is achieved by knitting all the stitches right side up in each row because the work is always done on the right side when knitting in the round. Knitting in the round does not require edge stitches.

    1. Stitch the desired number of stitches on an even or odd number of stitches.

    2. Knit the first round right side up and mark the end of the round with a loop made of colored yarn. The stitch binding-off yarn can also be used as a marker at the end of the row.

    3. Knit all rounds right side up.

    4. Be sure to pull the first two stitches of the round tightly together not to create a boundary.

Note: the yarn connected to the ball is always behind the work when knitting in the round in purl.

Knitting in purl stockinette

Purl stockinette is a tight wave pattern that looks like a moss stitch. Purl stockinette is achieved by alternating a purl row on the right side of the work and a right side row on the wrong side when knitting with straight needles. This stitch is also visible on the wrong side of a work knitted in purl.

Knitting in purl with straight needles

    1. Stitch the required number of stitches. Purl stitch is knitted on an even or odd number of stitches.

    2. Knit the first-row purl.

    3. Knit the second-row purl.

    4. Always repeat these two rows.

Place the yarn in front of the work to knit the purl rows on the right side of the work.

Place the yarn behind the work to knit the purl rows on the wrong side of the work.

Knitting purl with circular needles (in the round)

    1. Stitch the required number of stitches.

    2. Mark the end of the round with colored yarn or mark the end with yarn.

    3. Knit all rounds inside out.

Place the yarn in front of the work to knit the purl rounds.

Adding edge stitches to stockinette stitch

How to Knit in Jersey

Because stockinette stitch rolls on the edges, it is sometimes necessary to add edge stitches to achieve a flat knit (edge stitches are the first and last stitches in a row). If a rolling edge is the desired effect or if it is indicated in the pattern you are knitting, it is not mandatory to add flat edges in work. It is also possible to iron your knitted fabric to flatten the edges. If you are knitting something intended for sewing, selvages are unnecessary, so the result is usually interwoven.

The simple chain selvage

    – Place the yarn connected to the ball at the back of the work.

    – On the right side of the work, slip the first stitch from the left needle onto the right needle as if knitting it right side up, then knit the next stitch’s right side up.

    – Knit the last stitch right side up.

    – On the wrong side of the work, place the yarn in front of the work.

    – Slip the first stitch from the left needle onto the right needle as if knitting purl, and then knit the next stitch purl.

    – Knit the selvage stitches in each row of the work.

The simple beaded selvage

    – Place the yarn connected to the ball at the back of the work.

    – On the right side of the work, slip the first stitch from the left needle onto the right needle as if you were knitting it right side up, then knit the following stitches as usual.

    – Knit the last stitch right side up.

    – On the wrong side of the work, slip the first stitch from the left needle onto the right needle as if knitting right side up, and then knit the following stitches right side up.

    – Knit the edge stitches in each row of the work.

Note: Be sure to pull the edge stitches tight on both sides of the work to create a clean, even edge.

    – To prevent the edge of the binding-off stitches from rolling over the stockinette stitch, plan to knit a few rows of mossy or 1/1 ribbing. This is a method often used to knit sweaters.

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Best Tips on How to Knit Purl

Best Tips on How to Knit Purl

Summary

Step 1: Knit a purl stitch

Step 2: Knit the next stitches purl

Tips for beginners on how to knit purl

To learn how to knit, you need to start with the basics. After knitting the stitches, learn how to knit the purl stitch, which is used to obtain a mossy stitch when the work is knitted right side up in each row on straight needles.

Then, we learn the purl stitch, which allows realizing the purl stitch when the work rows are knitted by alternating a row on the right side and a row on the left side. Purl stitch is achieved by knitting alternately a purl row and a purl row. Knowing these two stitches is necessary and will allow you to do many other more elaborate stitches, such as ribbing.

Here are the steps to follow to learn how to knit purl.

1. Knit a purl stitch

Knit the desired number of stitches, making sure not to overcrowd your stitches. It will be more challenging to knit purl if the work is too tight.

Hold your needle with your cast-on stitches in your left hand, holding the stitches with your fingers to avoid losing them. Hold the other needle in your right hand.

Then:

Stitch your right needle into the first stitch, from right to left. The right needle will be between the two strands and in front of the left needle. The yarn connected to the ball is in front of the work.

Take the yarn connected to the ball and wrap it around the right needle, passing it over and under the right needle. While holding the thread between your thumb and forefinger, tightly pull the thread back along the right needle.

Pass your right needle through the loop of the left needle stitch and bring the right needle under the left needle.

Drop the stitch from the left needle by pulling the needle back. This will create a purl stitch on the right needle.

2. Knit the following purl stitches

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Knit the next stitches, in the same way, repeating steps 1 to 4. Note that the yarn connected to the ball should always be in front of the work.

You will complete the first row once all the stitches on the left needle are knitted.

Turn the work over and pick up the needle from the knitted row in the left hand to knit the next row.

Note: Always finish your row before putting your work aside; this will prevent your stitches from expanding and making your knitting uneven.

Tips for beginners on how to knit purl

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There are a few things to keep in mind to get correct results faster when starting to knit. It is also advisable to practice several times to reach satisfactory work.

Use the suitable material to start knitting.

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When practicing purl knitting, use at least 4.5 or 5 mm needles, as you will have a better grip, and the knitted stitches will be more visible. Choose a yarn size that matches the size of your needles or is slightly thicker.

Prevent the right needle from falling off

To prevent the right needle from falling off while knitting your stitches, you can lock the right needle under your arm and hold it against you, so there is no risk of the needle falling off and less chance of losing your stitches.

Catch a lost stitch

If you lose a stitch, the stitch may unravel. You can catch it with an auxiliary needle or hook, preferably using a size smaller than your needle size. You will need to place the hook in the stitch loop and bring the horizontal thread corresponding to the lost stitch in the same direction as the other stitches in the row.

Keep your knitting even

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To achieve even work, practice knitting several rows the same way and keeping the same tension on the yarn connected to the ball when you knit your stitch purl. Hold the yarn connected to the ball over your right index finger and slide it under your ring finger for more consistency. The work will keep the same tension throughout the knitting.

Finding your way around your knitting

To knit a piece of work in stockinette, stitch right side up or the wrong side down, count your rows by writing them on a sheet of paper with a bar or a cross, or slip a row counter on the right needle. The row counter will need to be reinserted once the needle is changed. You will also need to count your stitches regularly at the end of a row to ensure that none are missing from your work. This way, you will not lose track of your work and know exactly where you are.