Video: Recognizing a Knit and Purl Stitch
The hallmark of a knit stitch is that it looks like a “V” (I like to think of a V-neck sweater).
The hallmark of a purl stitch is that is it looks like a horizontal line “–” (I like to think of a turtleneck sweater). This is called the “purl bump.”
These two stitches are the fundamental stitches of knitting. Each stitch is the exact opposite of the other – it’s really just one stitch, seen from either side.