View Full Version : Norwegian Purl

07-20-2008, 07:10 AM
Does anyone use this purl stitch? I want to learn it and was wondering when using it in a pattern, will it effect the outcome I guess change the way the pattern turns out. OK, will it make it look different.
I saw the video on KH and found some printed directions, just want to be sure it can be used in all knitting. And does anyone have written directions that might be better than the ones I came across.
Thank you

07-20-2008, 08:14 AM
I have never done it but I watched the video many times. Interesting way being done. Is there a reason why you would do it verse the normal way of purling? I am assuming when done doing the stitch that way it look the same but why use it?

07-20-2008, 10:43 AM
I found some videos trying to get an answer as to why would you use this method over the one I normally use. What I found is lots of views but one sticks out as many said it. This method produces a looser gauge. Some say to quickly tighten it by pulling the yarn before going onto the next stitch and others says work with it and adjust your work to gauge. I think I will try it and see what happens. I did try continental knitting and it was fast but found that my knitting was too loose and my friends said go down a size but I gave it up as I can knit to gauge all the time without adjustments. I only adjust when I don't use the weight yarn called for in a pattern. I choose gauge over speed anytime. :cheering:

07-20-2008, 12:10 PM
Mathwizard thank you for replying to my post. :) The reason I am searching out different methods of purling is because the normal method causes me stress, tired ness.
I agree, I am not interested in speed knitting, I knit for relaxation, although I do wish I was a little faster but that may be because I am a cautious knitter at this point in my experience level.
I have problems getting my second finger to do the job of pushing the yarn over the needle, so I have been adjusting and it tires my hand out.
But I appreciate your comments. I don't need a gauge problem so will have to look into that part of it.

Jan in CA
07-20-2008, 01:30 PM
Cat Bordhi says the purl stitches are tighter using this method. :shrug: Here's her video -

07-20-2008, 02:40 PM
I think I am just going to have to try it and see how it works for me. Thanks

07-20-2008, 07:09 PM
OK, I tried it, I love it. I caught onto the rythm of it and it was fine. However, it is loose. I will try it again and see if I hold the yarn tighter if it helps.
I am working a lace pattern and it looks good with the Norwegian Purl used.

07-21-2008, 07:37 AM
I looked at your quilts and they are beautiful!!!!! I knit for enjoyment and will try new things to see if I can use them to make things easier for me. I hope you find a method which will give your finger the rest it needs.

07-21-2008, 08:30 AM
I use this method when I'm working on ribbing...instead of moving the yarn back and forth I just keep it in the back. Also, this weekend I was working on a double knit project and found that this method came in handy as you have to move both yarns...this way the yarns just stayed in the back and in my left hand the whole time....for normal purling I do it the usual way as I don't find it saves any time...:thumbsup: