Knitting Stitch Leg Terminology

Knitting Stitch Leg Terminology: Understanding the leading leg, trailing leg, front leg and back leg of a stitch.
I am always surprised by knitters who are unfamiliar with basic stitch leg terminology because these are concepts you need not only to knit, but also to understand knitting patterns.

Before You Begin

The four terms most often used to describe the parts of a stitch are the leading leg, trailing leg, front leg and back leg.

Leading and trailing leg are primarily used by knitting teachers and you don't often find the terms in patterns and instructions.

Patterns and abbreviations commonly refer to the front or back leg of a stitch.

Materials

  • HiKoo Sueño Worsted yarn
  • addi Natura Bamboo DPNs
  • addi FlipStix
Thanks to Skacel for providing the yarn and needles used in this tutorial. These products are available locally at many yarn shops and online at Makers' Mercantile.

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