Are you ready? Let's start purling!
- Hold your needles and yarn just like you are getting ready to knit. (remember while learning, I recommend holding the bottom needle between your knees)
- Before you begin your purl stitch, take the working yarn in your right hand, and pull it in front of both needles. This is what I forgot frequently while I was learning how to purl, and it caused all sorts of problems (remember that the yarn stays in back when you knit, and in front when you purl--the side you keep the yarn on determines the side of the knot).
- Stick the bottom needle through the first loop on the top needle; your needles will be facing roughly the opposite directions with the bottom needle in front. When you purl, you stick the needle through the loop from the outside, towards the rest of the stitches (from right to left).
- With your right hand, wrap the yarn around the bottom needle counter-clockwise.