How to Knit the Continental Purl

continental purl

The “crochet way” of knitting.

Many of us called ourselves crocheters before knitters (myself included) which makes me feel more comfortable holding the working yarn in my non-dominant hand. In the world of knitting, holding the yarn in your non-dominant hand is called “continental knitting” and is less common here in the States. You’ll find many knitters using their dominant hand to hold the yarn. In contrast to continental knitting, this is called American knitting. You guessed it – American knitting is most common where I’m from.

In this episode of B.hooked Knitting basics, I’m going to demonstrate how to knit the purl stitch in the continental knitting style.


Let’s Give It a Try

In this tutorial, we’re going to practice a simple knitting bind off. You’ll only need a few yards of yarn to practice with and a pair of knitting needles that coordinate with your yarn. Knit a few rows so you can practice binding off.

My Recommendations

  • Bernat Roving
  • Clover Takumi, size US 9 Knitting Needles

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How to Knit the Purl in the Continental Knitting Style


My best piece of advice is to practice as much as possible. Purls never feel natural at first and it’s going to take a lot of time before you can knit them as efficiently as the knit stitch.

If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments section below.

Bye for now!

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