Knit and Purl Stitch – Text Picture and Video Tutorial

Knit-and-PurlKnit and Purl – the Dynamic Duo of Stitches

Knit and Purl is an awesome combination of two simple knit stitches with incredible possibilities. Depending on the order and the number of repetitions this dynamic duo creates some interesting and beautiful patterns. I use many of the combinations in almost all of my knitting projects. But I must admit that up to now my range of combinations has been the 8 stitches in the Stitch Guide by Isela Phelps.

I had no idea of the number of combinations  available until I found a listing on Loom Knitting Central.  I did a double take when I saw this, I believe there are 110 if not more. What ever the exact number is, I was day dreaming about blankets and hats made with this perpetual list of stitches.

But first lets start with the basics…

Knit-and-purlThe Knit Part of the Combo

There are three ways to knit. All are simple and regardless of your preference they have little effect on the look of the knitting. The difference I would say is in the level of tightness.

I prefer the e-Wrap, which to me is the happy medium.


Mild Variations of the Knit Stitch

1. e-Wrap Knit – complete wrap around the peg twice. Knit the bottom loop over the top loop.


2. Flat Knit – place the working yarn in front of the peg, Knit the bottom loop over the top loop. Note: Can be done like the opposite of the purl stitch.


3. u-Wrap Knit – like an incomplete e-wrap, forming a U with your working yarn. Knit the bottom loop over the top loop.


The Purl Part of the Combo

Although the purl part of the Knit and Purl combination is a bit more difficult once you get it – you got it. The rewards for mastering this stitch are astronomical.

I’m a visual learner so I thought a picture tutorial would be a good idea.  If this doesn’t help then scroll down to the video.


The Knit and Purl Video


Knit-and-purlNext Step to the Knit and Purl – Using it!

Well it’s going to take you and I several years to work our way through the over 100 combinations of knit and purl listed in Loom Knitting Central.

My hat goes out to the person who put this together. I wish I could give you the know.

If you make something with this list, send me a picture so I can share it here on the site.

For now…

For the list: Click Here




Comments: 18

  1. Stacy September 3, 2015 at 3:53 pm Reply

    This is fantastic! Thank you so much.

  2. Stasia Renfrow March 25, 2015 at 1:23 am Reply

    Thank you for linking to my Google Site, I am so happy that you found it. We are working on getting more knit and purl combinations up there to help all of our fellow loom knitter’s creativity explode! I love your site and think you are doing wonderful!

    Happy Looming!

    • Denise Canela March 28, 2015 at 8:10 pm Reply

      WOW , HELLO Stasia! It’s soooo awesome that you stopped by my page so that I can know your name. For the last 2 years I have been wondering who you were. What an amazing resource you have given us. On behalf of everyone who has benefit from ALL your work THANK YOU Stasia – Thank you !!!!

      Double Hugs,

  3. Barbara February 2, 2015 at 11:24 pm Reply

    Hello. I am trying to do the double moss stitch. Could you tell me how to cast on and do the u wrap. It is prob. something simple, but it is eluding me. Thank you.

    • Denise Canela February 3, 2015 at 12:14 pm Reply

      Hi Barbara, I have a post with a video of the Double Moss.:Click HERE. Depending on your project you could cast on with an eWrap of Chain .. The Uwrap is just like the eWrap but you half wrap the peg and knit off.
      Hope that helps,

  4. Carole January 7, 2015 at 2:00 pm Reply

    Denise, you have a wonderful website and our videos are very helpful. I have only used the basic e-stitch to make loom knitted baby hats and dog sweaters. After exploring your site, I tried the basket weave with a single color. I love it, but would like to use 2 colors. I haven’t figured out how to switch back and forth between colors. Could you give me some advise? Thank you!

    • Denise Canela January 7, 2015 at 10:48 pm Reply

      You can do a 3 pegs and 3 rows pattern (k3,p3 for 3 rows)- then p3,k3 for 3 rows).. attach both colors of yarn to your anchor peg, pick up and drop color as needed. Not a good project for beginners – you would have to know how to clean up the inside of the hat and for that I would need to show you instead of tell you…If you try it – let me know how it goes

  5. KoriVelos November 26, 2014 at 9:29 pm Reply

    I feel so lucky to find this!! The purl has eluded me for a year! for some reason I couldn’t figure it out with the books I have, seeing it in this very clear video made it so easy!! I’m embarrassed it took me this long to get it down after you made it so easy! Thank you!!

  6. elmntl1 October 19, 2014 at 9:41 am Reply

    WOW that was the easiest knit and purl lesson I have ever seen! Thanks

  7. Mary Whitaker June 30, 2014 at 11:42 am Reply

    I would like to learn more on knit and purl I am just. Starting to do a lot more but sometime I get mix up I am teaching my self to knit and purl I have a hard time sometime.

  8. Annie February 2, 2014 at 10:34 am Reply

    I LOVE your site. I have learned so much from you. I tried the mii ie mouse hat and have three done. I used the same pattern and made panda hats. I donate these to a hospital and they love the hats. I want to branch out from hats. I got an infinity loom and looking for simple patterns to use for the infinity loom. Any suggestions????? Thanks for this site. I ha you book marked everywhere!

    • Denise Canela February 3, 2014 at 9:42 pm Reply

      Hi Annie, Thanks for ALL the kind words. I appreciate them and You. About the infinity loom, I have not used it but it’s designed basically for blankets and such so the question is more about the stitches then the projects. Do a quick Google image search with the words infinity loom patterns and see what Googles kicks back. You would be surprised at what Google can offer.
      Hope that helps some,

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  10. Sapphire January 10, 2014 at 8:12 pm Reply

    I just learn how to looms 2 month ago. It’s been amazing. I enjoyed making hats, scarf. now I want to learn how to Purl and this site explain it so much better. Thank You.

    • Denise Canela January 10, 2014 at 8:58 pm Reply

      Thank YOU Sapphire! You kind words are greatly appreciated.

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  12. Moonweaver December 4, 2013 at 12:01 am Reply

    I am so happy to have stumbled upon this site. I have been creating so much more loom love and I owe it all to you! I know so many different ways of knitting on the loom now, I feel accomplished. Thank you and bless!

  13. ksw 25 ppv November 26, 2013 at 1:07 am Reply

    My relatives always say that I am wasting my time
    here at web, except I know I am getting knowledge daily by reading such good content.

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