How-To: Slipping Stitches

Learn the difference between slipping a stitch purlwise and and slipping it knitwise.

Hi, this is Amanda from Berroco, and I'll be demonstrating the difference between slipping a stitch purlwise and slipping it knitwise. In most cases, you're going to be slipping it purlwise, unless your knitting instructions tell you otherwise. To slip a stitch purlwise, you insert your needle into the next stitch as if to purl, and just slide it from your left needle to your right needle.  To slip a stitch knitwise, insert your needle as if to knit, and then slip that from your left needle to your right needle.

And when you look at the two next to each other you can see the difference. On the one that's been slipped purlwise, the right-hand leg of the stitch is in the front of the needle and the left-hand leg is in the back. And then if you look at the one that was slipped knitwise, the right-hand leg is in the back and the left-hand leg is in the front. That's all there is to it - thanks for watching.