I am in way shape form or fashion an expert on knitting. I just thought I’d give a little bit of an explanation as to things that puzzled me when it came to knitting. I figured that someone else would have also run into this problem.
The hardest thing for me when doing a pattern was recognizing the difference between a knit stitch and a purl stitch. When I first began, I’d get three or four rows into a project and realize that I had made a very big mistake. So how do you tell the difference between a knit and a purl? The top photo is a knit stitch. The bottom photo is a purl.
If you notice on the bottom photo, right underneath the needle there is a horizontal bar. That is because when you purl, the yarn is in the front.
Finally, in this last picture I did a row of alternating knit, purl (which is written k1, p1 in a pattern). Depending upon the type of yarn used, i found it can be tricky to tell the difference. One thing that I notice, which you can seen in the photo, is that if you look right underneath the needle, the bottom of the purl stitches are pulled to the left. The bottom of the knit stitches are pulled to the right.