Found this site a couple of weeks ago and have been lurking a while. Y'all are so nice!
I'm soon-to-be-47 mother of two, wife of one, webmaster to thousands, living in Austin TX. I learned to knit (English hold) stockinette at the age of 9, knit one scarf, and never knit a thing after that. :rollseyes:
My sister asked for learn-to-knit stuff for Christmas, and when I was in the store picking stuff up, I went hmmmmmmm.......
I decided that I wanted to go continental instead. Knit, no problem. But after several hours of attempting purl I found myself with hands in cramps , body entirely wrapped in yarn, my shoelaces in knots, and dinner late... with only 5 purl stitches to show for it.
So I found a site that discussed combined knitting.
Well... until I tried a simple pattern stitch that involved increases and decreases
It seems that you have to know what you're doing
and alter pattern instructions
Finally, I found this
site, and with the help of Amy's videos and the grim determination to make two garter stitch dishclothes by purling only instead of knitting only, I finally got the normal, continental purl stitch down.