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Old 11-06-2007, 02:26 PM   #1
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What do the front and back of knit & purl stitches look like?
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I have been experimenting today and have discovered that:

1. when you knit a row, turn around and knit again, and keep on knitting every row, you get a bumpy thing, kind of like unununun intertwined.
2. when you knit a row, turn around and purl a row, then knit a row, then purl a row, you get one side with the nununun bumps, but tighter together, and the other side is smooth with stitches that look like lots of vvvvvv.
3. when you purl a row, turn around and purl again, and keep on purling every row, you get... garbage. or rather, a badly nununun row followed by a vvvvvv row, bad nunununun, vvvvvvv etc. kind of like horizontal ribbing.

Question: do my results demonstrate that I was doing the stitches correctly? Is it impossible to purl every row, and should that not be done?

If I've described the stitches wrongly, can someone post a link to a photo of what it should look like?

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Old 11-06-2007, 02:43 PM   #2
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# 1, that's garter stitch.

#2, that's stockinette stitch.

#3, that's garter stitch again, but probably looser than all knits.

You've pretty much described them correctly; knits look like Vs and purls look like bumps. The back of a knit st is a purl st. The piece in this sampler is in Stockinette stitch. The videos here under Basic Stitch patterns - http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/knitting-tips - show what happens when you combine the knits and purls in various ways.
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Old 11-06-2007, 06:51 PM   #3
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Ooh, thanks - that's exactly what I needed! Those videos explained everything - Yay! Thank you so much!

But - I thought the knit ones look like bumps and the purls create the v's? You described it the other way around?

I'm going to start doing some stitch patterns now - thank you!!!

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Old 11-06-2007, 08:17 PM   #4
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V's are knits, purls are bumps.

Technically, there is only one stitch in knitting. When you knit a stitch on the front, you create a purl on the back. When you purl on the front, you create a knit on the back.
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Old 11-06-2007, 08:28 PM   #5
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A sample I made to show what the stitches look like.. a good thing to know!
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But - I thought the knit ones look like bumps and the purls create the v's? You described it the other way around?
After you've made a purl row, the knit side will look more like Vs, especially on the first row, but when you're working on a row, the knits look like Vs and the purls like bumps.
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yup! scarves and nooses. I don't remember who told me that, but it made sense after a while
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Yep, remember that you are making the same stitch either way. When you make it with the flat V side facing you, that is a knit. When you make the same stitch with the bumpy side facing you., you are purling.
So when you knit every row, or if you purl every row, you get the same stitch.
If you stretch out your garter from #1 (where you knitted every row) you might see that it is a lot like #3?
By the way, in the picture Ingrid posted, the back side would have knits in the middle - Vs - and the side bits would be purls.

P.S. I love your descriptions of the appearance of both sides, especially the unununun, because it makes such a great sound in my head! What a great word. 'I am on an ununununun row'.
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