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« on: August 16, 2006 02:43:21 PM »

This is probably and extremely stupid question, but that's why i'm going to ask it here, because craftsters are nice people.

Is there a way to knit flat using cirular needles, while still avoiding purling while working with St st?  Like, only using one?  Any answers would be greatly appreciated, thanks.
« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2006 05:31:13 PM »

Nope, knitting flat , even with a circular needle, always required you to purl. You can't get away from it (but I wish there was a way)  Lips sealed


« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2006 05:32:46 PM »

OH!!  unless of course you are willing to learn knitting 'backwards', but you will have to do a search on how to, or maybe some nice craftster might be able to help you.  Wink

« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2006 05:50:27 PM »

thanks, I'll search for that!
« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2006 08:51:09 PM »

If I'm not mistaken (which I may be  Undecided) there's an article on backwards knitting in Knitty (the online mag). Search their archives.

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« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2006 08:15:07 AM »

Learning to knit backwards is easy - getting good at it is the difficult part!  Wink

1. Insert the needle as if to purl.
2. Turn it around to see what it looks like from the back.  Take note of where your needle was inserted.
3. Turn your work back around and wrap your yarn around the needle as you normally would to purl.
4. Turn it around and see which way the yarn is looped.

Once you know these two things, you can now knit backwards instead of purling.  At the end of a row, don't turn your work, just insert the needle where you saw it in step 2, wrap your yarn the same direction you saw in step 4, and pull the loop through to complete your stitch.  It's that easy.
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« Reply #6 on: August 17, 2006 08:44:41 AM »

thanks, that's a lot of help!
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