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May 20, 2008



I never understood combined knitting until now. Thank you so much for taking the time to show all of us how to do it.


Dear Sarah - It your blog partner Laura! I am a 'combination' knitter and recommend it to others. When I switched to Continental Knitting a few years ago I found that working that purl stitch in reverse is actually easier and when combined with the knit through the back loop is a super fast and efficient way to knit. Great for those times when you have to power through a lot of stockinette!


Thank you for the great tutorial! I was wondering, when you make the knit stitch through the back loop, do you wrap the yarn the regular way, or in the other direction like the purl stitch was done?

Suzanne V. (Yarnhog)

I have been wondering how to do combined knitting for the longest time but was too lazy to learn. I'm a continental knitter, like Laura, so I was interested to read her comment. I am going to try it immediately. Thanks for the great tutorial!

Suzanne V. (Yarnhog)

Okay, I tried it. (Yes, that fast!) Laura, you're absolutely right--it is so much more efficient for continental knitting! You don't have to wrap the yarn on the purl stitches at all, just "pick" it, as you do for knit stitches, only in reverse. So much easier! And knitting through the back loop is actually faster than knitting through the front loop.

Karen B.

I was a combined knitter for years and didn't know it until a Stitches class 3 years ago. The teacher informed me that I was purling incorrectly. Ha! Now, I find that it's the way to go when knitting Continental.


I knitted like this for years thinking it was the 'right' way to do knit and purl. Then I happened to see someone else knitting and was horrified to realise I'd been doing it all wrong.

Thanks for giving a name to my 'error'

I may have to go back to it.

Diana Merdian

I am a new combination knitter and am having trouble with lace stitches. Please show yarn overs and decreases.

Sharon Crawford

I have the same question as Cynthia - when you make the knit stitch thru the back loop, which way do you wrap the yarn (over or under needle)? Also, can you knit this way and carry the yarn in your right hand as you would for English knitting?


Hi guys, it's Laura again answering the questions. The knit stitch is wrapped the normal way - over the needle. You could 'throw' it with the yarn in your right hand.

If you are decreasing with this method the k2tog and ssk are different. You do not have to slip slip for the left leaning decrease - it is already done, but if you want to k2tog for the right leaning decrease you will have to reorient the stitches first.

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