How to knit the Purl Twist stitch pattern
Knitting stitch patterns

How to knit the Purl Twist stitch pattern, step by step

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to knit the Purl Twist stitch, a four-row repeat pattern with a twist…

And it has nothing to do with knitting or purling through the back loop 😉

In fact, I’m showing you how to cross stitches without using a cable needle; a simple way to do right-leaning, almost diagonal stitches, without a lot of effort.

Additionally, the Purl Twist stitch creates a lovely fabric, which has a rich texture to it, similar to a wicker basket (like the Jute stitch pattern).

Therefore, it’s a great pattern for accessories, such as hats, gloves, socks, etc., and also, for sweaters, cardigans, even a blanket.

However, it tends to curl (the swatch shown in the pictures has been blocked). I’d recommend a nice edge on each side of the piece if you are knitting a scarf, cowl, or blanket, but it’s up to you, the world is your oyster…

Finally, the Purl Twist stitch is easy to knit: It’s a four-row repeat pattern, two of which are plain knit rows. The other two, consist of repeating three steps, time and time again.

Without further ado, grab your needles, and let’s get started!

This swatch was knitted in Superwash Merino wool yarn (soft and beginner-friendly!) #ad

Purl Twist knitting stitch pattern and tutorial. So Woolly.

Using a pretty pair of wooden needles #ad


CO: Cast on

RS: Right side of the work

K: Knit

P: Purl

p2tog: Purl two stitches together

BO: Bind off 

Purl Twist stitch knitting pattern

CO an even number of st.

1º and 3º rows (RS):  K across

2º row: *p2tog, don’t drop them, p the first st again, drop both st*. Repeat from * to *, to the end of the row.

4º row: P1, *p2tog, don’t drop them, p the first st again, drop both st*. Repeat from * to *, to last st, P1.

These four rows create the pattern. Repeat them until the desired length is reached.

When finished, BO knitwise, after a row 4 (RS).

This is the other side of the work:

Easy four-row repeat knitting pattern Purl Twist stitch. So Woolly.

Enjoy the video tutorial:

How to knit the Purl Twist stitch

I hope you like it!

Hugs, and happy knitting 🙂


Carolina – So Woolly

PS: Searching for more stitch patterns with a twist? 

Please take a look at the following:

How to knit the Cross stitch: A two-row repeat pattern

Cross stitch pattern: For knitting cowls, scarves and hats

Lace Cross knitting stitch pattern

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