View Full Version : Advantage(s) of Backward Knitting?

01-13-2008, 09:43 AM
What is the advantage of backwards knitting? Although I like purling, I am fairly inexperienced, so I would like to know what types of projects this would be good for. Thanks in advance.

01-13-2008, 09:58 AM
People use backwards knitting for entrelac patterns. I only found out about it when the monthly KAL was an entrelac pattern -- I had never heard about backwards knitting before. It doesn't look difficult -- I'm pretty sure there's a video here about it. But I don't mind purling so I did my entrelac pattern without knitting backwards.

01-13-2008, 10:31 AM
I am working on a entrelac pattern, That is how I learned how to backward knit. Amy has a video on it. It sure did make my knitt go faster and I found it to be more fun.:yay:

01-13-2008, 11:44 AM
A few people use it a lot, but most only when doing entrelac and you have only 2-10 sts on each side so you won't have to flip back and forth. I tried it, but it was just as easy for me to turn.

01-13-2008, 11:53 AM
I use it when knitting Entrelac too but also when I knit a sock... on the heel flap and turn instead of turninging...I just knit backwards... :thumbsup:

01-14-2008, 10:21 AM
It's very handy for entrelac, sock heels, and for knitting on borders for shawls.

01-14-2008, 04:23 PM
It also works well for shortrows. I prefer to just turn and purl but that could be bad technique when I try backwards knitting.