Tutorial: Knitting Through the Back Loop!

Step by Step 1/1 LslT RS (Left-slip-Twist) Knitting Tutorial


Today's tutorial will teach you how to Knit Through the Back Loop (k tbl) of a stitch. This is a more basic technique than I normally share, but I've been getting some questions about exactly what this looks like as you work the stitch so I wanted to show you the difference between a normal knit stitch and a k tbl stitch.

Working through the back loop of a stitch twists the stitch so it uses slightly more yarn than a standard knit stitch and will create a slightly tighter fabric. Twisting the stitch also makes it pop away from the fabric a bit more than your standard knit stitch. This is why I really love using it for Twisted Ribbing (shown in the picture), you get more of a 3D effect in your ribbing and it just feels much more delicate and lovely that a standard ribbing.

It's also slightly more elastic than a standard ribbing. If your socks are constantly falling down or your hats are slipping off, try replacing your normal ribbing with a twisted ribbing simply by working the knit stitches through the back loop. This should help keep your socks up a bit better or snug a hat to your head.

I've posted the video below along with supplies used and written instructions. If you have any questions, you can always email me directly:

Have fun & happy knitting!

Shaina ^_^

PS: The yarn featured in this tutorial is from from Toad Hollow in the Simply Fish Footman & When is a Raven Like a Writing Desk colorways. The project I'm knitting on is the Showers of Flowers Socks, which are part of the 2021 Indie Sock-a-Long.



  • Knitting project with stitches live on the needles

  • Knitting Needles appropriate to the yarn

Step 1:

Work in pattern to the stitch you will be knitting through the back loop (k tbl).

Step 2:

Insert the right needle from right to left through the back leg of the stitch.

Step 3:

Wrap the yarn around the needle clock-wise...

Step 4:

Pull the yarn through the stitch and slide the stitch off the left needle.


Continue in-pattern until it is time to work another k tbl. Work steps 2-4 every time you want to knit a stitch through the back loop.

That's it!

Now you can easily knit stitches through the back loop and add twisted stitches to any project you choose!


More Ways to Practice Twisting Stitches:

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Tales of Childhood Fingerless Mitts Lace and Mosaic Colorwork Knitting Pattern

Sip of Bobbly Socks

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(Linked to the YumiYarns shop)

Tales of Childhood Hat Lace and Mosaic Colorwork Knitting Pattern

Saltwater Tides Socks

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(Linked to the YumiYarns shop)



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