Tuesday, April 27, 2010

How to Knit Backwards (from Left to Right)

When you are making a small, flat, stockinette piece, it can be annoying to have to turn the work and purl at the end of each row. This is something that is particularly relevant with Entrelac knitting. The answer: Knitting Backwards!

Normally we knit from right to left, so when I say "knit backwards" I mean knitting from left to right. Here are two videos that I made looking at this process.

Knitting Backwards - The Steps
  • The stitches you are going to knit should be on the right handed needle.
  • Insert the Left Hand needle through the back loop of the stitch you want to knit.
  • Wrap the yarn over and around the LH needle (wrap the yarn over the needle where the yarn starts from behind the needle)
  • Bring the old stitch over the new stitch, releasing the old one and leaving the newly formed stitch on the right handed needle.

Video 1: Knitting Backwards (Left to Right) - In this video one row is knit backwards, followed by a forward knitting row. There is then a second knitting backwards row.

Video 2: Knitting Backwards (Left to Right) - This video shows one row knit backwards. The sample is part of an Entrelac project I was working on.


  1. Oh man, I would get so confused trying to do this!

  2. Knitting entrelac is fun but I don't mind the turning - so knitting backwards has not been tried for more than a couple of loops.

    I love this hat -- can it be done on 2 needles instead of in the round?

    Your colors are pretty.

    Marny CA

    1. I'm assuming you're referring to the entrelac hat that I knit. It could be done flat and you could seam it up at the end. You may need to cut the yarn at the end of rows (I haven't thought it through too carefully) but since you're making a bunch of little connected squares, it shouldn't be a problem to make it flat. (Looking at an entrelac scarf knitting pattern may be helpful for how to knit entrelac on two needles.)

  3. I have seen both the 1st stitch slipped and where the all the stitches are knitted. Does the 1st st allow for a flatter join?

    1. I'm not sure... but slipping the stitch would help with the holes. I haven't minded using my loose ends to cinch things up a bit.

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