Knitting Help – Slow Motion PFB (Purl Front / Back)

Knitting Help – Slow Motion PFB (Purl Front / Back)


This video is part of my slow motion series
for very visual learners. In it, I’m going to show you what is usually
a wrong side of the work one stitch increase. It’s called Purl Front – Back or PFB. And it’s a pretty common increase, not the
easiest thing to work. I’m going to demonstrate to you in slow motion
how to work this stitch. But I’m also gonna show you an alternative
way of working this stitch that is PBF. And it’s just moving things around a little
bit, and it ends up being the same results. I’ll let you decide which one you prefer. But first, let’s go slow-mo. Here, we can take a look at what PFB stitches
look like. I’ve increased on the wrong side of the work,
every wrong side of the work, right, after the marker. First, I’m going to purl up to the marker. And I always pull my yarn back after the first
purl stitch to tighten up that stitch. So that my edge tension stays nice. [00:01:26]
[Silence] [00:01:52] Okay. Slip the marker. This is a purl front back. So, we start with a normal purl stitch. But we don’t pull the old stitch off the left
needle, swing your needle around to go into the stitch, the back loop of the stitch in
kind of the most unnatural way. Wrap the needle and pull it through. And then pop the old stitch off the left needle. Let’s do that again. Normal purl stitch, easy enough. Leave the old stitch on the left needle. Take the tip of your right needle and put
it in like from the wrong side from the back forward. Aim for the lowest part of the stitch to get
it in there. And then, keeping good tension on the working
yarn, pull that stitch through and pop the old stitch off the left needle. Now, I’m gonna demonstrate purl back front
which I think is a little easier. You start with the more difficult half of
the stitch. Come in at that stitch from the back forward,
the back loop of the stitch, wrap the needle, pull it through and leave the old stitch on
the left needle. Then swing your needle around to work a normal
purl stitch. And take the old stage off the left needle. So, the more difficult half of the stitch
first, knit…or purl through the back loop. And then when everything’s tight and crammed
up kind of, then work a normal purl stitch which is just easier to do. Lots of tension on the working yarn when you
pull that stitch through so you don’t lose the stitch. Lots of increases there. That was a lot of purl increases all at once. I hope that helps, gives you a couple different
options for working the stitch. Good luck.

17 thoughts on “Knitting Help – Slow Motion PFB (Purl Front / Back)

  1. OMGOODNESS 😲πŸ€ͺπŸ™ƒ! This is gonna be a tough one for this newbie πŸ˜‚πŸ€žπŸΌ wish me luck πŸ€Thank you for the tutorial, I love having the slowmo to lookπŸ‘€ back on. πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸ’š!!!! 😁

  2. In future I will definitely use PBF instead of PFB, far easier! I didn't know you could use that instead, so thank you for another really helpful video. πŸ™‚

  3. I'll have to try the PBF for myself on a swatch and compare it to the PFB. I have no issue with PFB, I watch your slow motion videos for fun and to see if you have any new tips I can gain. This will be an interesting experiment for me. πŸ˜‰

  4. Oooooh..that second technique does look easier. Pfb is so tight on the second stitch! (I have also sharpened my cheap-o dpns with a nails file to help reduce splitting the yarn πŸ˜‡)

  5. It’s so hard for me to keep it even. I’m making the Flax sweater and the raglan looks uneven row to row I’m so annoyed!

  6. I have a pattern that wants me to knit the first half then purl the second half. Then the next row to purl the first half and knit the second half… I can’t find a video on how to do that on one stitch

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