Want a faster way to turn a heel? KnitFreedom is all about better, faster and easier, and this technique is one of my favorites. This video comes as a bonus in my sock knitting classes, and I wanted to share it with you here.
Knowing how to knit (purl) backwards is optional, but take a look and see if you feel comfortable trying it on your next sock heel. It will save you a lot of time because if you know how to do it, you don’t have to turn your work back and forth every row.
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To knit backwards, insert the left-hand needle from front to back through the first stitch on your right-hand needle.
Wrap the yarn around the left-hand needle counter-clockwise (towards you), and then pull the stitch on the right-hand needle over the wrap and off the needle.
This technique is very useful in Entrelac knitting, where you constantly have to turn your work after only a few stitches, and, of course, in turning any sock heels or doing any kind of short-rows.
Yay! In only five minutes, you’ve learned to purl backwards and added another skill to your bag of tricks!
If you like this video tutorial on how to knit backwards, let me know by leaving a comment!