Which Way Should I Slip a Stitch in my Knitting?

Knitting Tips: Which way to slip a stitch in knitting, knitwise or purlwise?
It's time to answer the age old question in knitting. Which way should you slip a stitch? Knitwise or purlwise?

Before You Begin

There's no absolute answer, but there are a few guidelines that can help you make the decision.
  • Follow the directions and do what the pattern says.
If a pattern doesn't specify which way to slip a stitch:
  • Slip purlwise if a stitch is just being skipped.
  • Slip knitwise if the stitch is part of a decrease.


  • Cobasi by HiKoo Yarn
  • addi Rocket Squared needles
Thanks to Skacel for providing the yarn and addi needles used in this tutorial. These products are available locally at many yarn shops and online at Makers' Mercantile.

Which Way to Slip a Stitch

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Which Way Should I Slip a Stitch in my Knitting?
Which way should I slip a stitch in my knitting? Knitwise or purlwise? 3 quick tips to help you decide.
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