The Norwegian Purl

Beth Brown-Reinsel

Thursday PM

The Norwegian Purl, a variation of the conventional Continental purl, is noted for its superior tension control and ease of execution. The yarn always stays behind the work, making ribbing a breeze and two-color stranded purling on the wrong side a pleasure. A swatch will be knitted in class to practice this technique and its applications: Proper tensioining of the yarn, the conventional Continental knit and purl stitches, the Norwegian Purl, purl garter stitch, ribbing with the Norwegian purl on the right side and the wrong side and, the Scandinavian method of working with two yarns in the left hand (knitting, purling, and weaving the floats) on the right side and the wrong side of the work.

Skill Level: All. It is helpful to have the ability to knit Continental, with the working
yarn in the left hand.)

Material fee: $2.00 for 13 page color handout.


Student Supplies:
•Two contrasting colors of the same weight yarn, either sport or worsted weight.
•A pair of appropriately sized circular or short straight needles. (Example: Size 4.5 mm or 5 mm/US 7 or 8 for worsted weight yarn, size 3.75 or 4mm/ US 5 or 6 for sport weight.

Homework: None