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Love Your Purls

I find it strange that so many knitters have an aversion to purling. After all, it’s almost 50% of knitting isn’t it? I was doing quite a bit of purling on a project a while back, and I found that wrapping the yarn around the thumb of my left hand (I’m a continental knitter) made things go faster. Here’s a video showing you how…

I hope this helps you, and do share if you have any other good tips on making purling pleasanter! ;)

7th September, 2009  // Technique, video // tags: , , , .


  1. JoJo says:

    Found your post via twitter. LOVE THIS TIP! Normally I norweigan purl, esp for ribbing, but your technique will be much faster for longer runs of purls. Thanks for sharing this!

  2. Kelli says:

    This is how I have always purled. Though, I do bring the yarn through my usual tension wrap and then down and under my thumb.

  3. gulfcoastgal says:

    I put your purl on my tweets on many variataions of the purl stitch
    Check it out

  4. ugla says:

    I’ve never seen this kind of purl before, but it looks easy.
    I’ve published a link to this post in a Norwegian forum – if you wonder why you suddenly get a lot of visitors :-)
    Have a nice day.

  5. michelle says:

    very clever! i’m going to try it.

    lovely yard, by the way. =]

  6. Just to let you know, I’ve tagged you for a blog award.

  7. Lisbeth Bula says:

    never tried on my thumb before. Will try… now!

  8. Jo says:

    This is how I purl! It is very fast.

  9. Vicky says:

    What a great tip. I’ve only tried continental knitting briefly and couldn’t get on with purling, but I’ll give this a go!

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