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 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.
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!
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If you like this video tutorial on how to knit backwards, let me know by leaving a comment!