How to Knit Backwards

How to Knit Backwards

This video knitting tutorial will help you learn how to knit backwards. If you prefer not to use the purl stitch or if you are working a pattern that requires a lot of turning your work this technique will help you to remedy those problems. Knitting backwards is knitting from the left to right (right to left for left handers) and can be substituted for a purl row in stockinette, allowing you to never turn your work.

Materials Used in this Tutorial


Imperial Yarn Native Twise Desert Primrose

Imperial Yarn Native Twist

Native Twist (Imperial’s most popular product) is a single-ply, lofty yarn. The bulky weight creates a soft, smooth knit fabric, making it an excellent option for heavy-weight outerwear such as coats and sweaters.


A pair of knitting needles


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Pattern Instructions

Skill: Intermediate

  1. Step 1

    At the end of your right side row, take main needle in your non-dominate hand (now it will become the working needle), insert working needle into first stitch on main needle into back of loop.

  2. Step 2

    Wrap yarn over the top and back around the working needle.

  3. Step 3

    Pull stitch toward you and through the stitch.

  4. Step 4

    Let stitch drop off the needle.

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