Originally Posted by suzeeq
Okay, each stitch has a leg over the front of the needle, and one over the back. Generally, the front leg is closest to the tip and that's where most people insert the needle for a knit stitch. To knit through the back leg (loop) you knit into the leg behind the needle. This makes the st twist. If you wrap the purl sitch the other way, the back leg is closest to the tip. So you would knit into the back leg and that untwists it.
Hope that wasn't too much information to confuse you further...
Err, yes, but I'm easily confused!
I think maybe I have been knitting into the back of the stitch too all this time.
When I do a knit stitch I insert the right hand needle behind the stitch then angle it and point it through so the right hand needle is below the left and looks like a cross.
I don't get the bit with the front leg being closest to the tip? I presume the 'legs' are just the front and back of the stitch, or left and right side? In my stitching, the loop is straight across the needle so they are an even length to the tip.
Maybe once I start knitting the right way I'll be able to work it out and see it more easily.
Thanks for trying anyway!
EDIT: Aha, I think I get it! It was maybe a translation thing. In my pattern it says 'tbs-through back of stitches,' but I just re-checked the Glossary and there it is termed 'through the back loop.' I presume this is one and the same thing?