What does the back of a purl stitch look like?

What is it called when you knit one row and purl the next?

Stockinette (or stocking stitch) is a basic stitch that most knitting patterns don’t explain because they assume it’s already in the crafter’s repertoire. … However, knitting one row, purling the next, and then repeating this process consecutively creates the most classic pattern of all, known as stockinette stitch.

Why does my knit stitch look like a purl?

All this means is that you’re knitting the opposite of the row you just knit. … Knit stitches look like purls, while purl stitches look like knits. It’s this backward quality that makes stockinette stitch (knitting one row and purling the next row) work because the front of a knit and the back of a purl look the same.

What happens if you only purl every row?

If you purl every row then you’ll end up with garter stitch. If this sounds crazy, think about it: Traditionally, garter stitch is done by knitting every row. A purl stitch is also a knit stitch.

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