This post will help you determine in which direction you should be knitting if you are unsure.

This is one of 5 posts dedicated to Common Knit Errors and how to fix them.

Knit Errors And How to Prevent And Fix Them

This is one of 5 posts that address certain knit errors; how to diagnose, prevent, and fix them. See the other posts here:

It’s a common conundrum

You put your knitting down and when you pick it up, you aren’t sure which direction you should be knitting or if you should be knitting or purling!

Take a look at the image below. Let’s say this is what you see when you sit down to resume your knitting.

Image of knit work on needles; when you see this, how do you know in which direction you should knit?

What you need to do is determine where the working yarn is. Unless you are beginning a new row, your working yard should be on your right-hand needle.

How to Determine In Which Direction You Should Be Knitting

You can see in the image below that the working yarn is attached to the right-hand needle. Since the knit stitch is facing you with the working yarn on the right needle, you know you were in the middle of knitting when you put your work down. All you need to do is continue to knit the next stitch on the left needle.

Knit work on needles with working yarn on right needle, indicating that you should start knitting.

In the image below, the working yarn is on the right side and purl stitches are facing out. Therefore, I know I was working on a purl row and should just continue that row.

Knit work on needles with working yarn on right needle. As purl stitches are facing you, this indicates that you should start purling.

The only ‘exception’ to that rule is when you are at the beginning or end of a row. At the beginning of a row, the working yarn will be on the left needle until you work the first stitch and put it on your right needle. In the image below, I know I will purl this row.

At the beginning of a row, before you have taken your first stitch on that row, your working yarn will be on the left needle.

Like all skills, the more you practice your knitting the more you will become proficient in reading your work. And you will also become an expert at not only preventing but diagnosing and curing your knit errors. One way to become a more experienced knitter is to force some of these mistakes; not only will you become aware of what causes the knit errors, but also how to fix them.

All About Knitting

If you want to learn how to knit or are looking to brush up on your knitting skills and knowledge, pop on over to the How to Knit page which houses all of the posts that teach knitting skills. Or, you could go ahead and visit each one by clicking the links below.

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Showing knit work on needles with working yarn on right needle, telling you in which direction you should start knitting.

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