- to knit with a reverse stitch.
- to finish with loops or a looped edging.
- a basic stitch in knitting, the reverse of the knit, formed by pulling a loop of the working yarn back through an existing stitch and then slipping that stitch off the needle.Compare knit(def 11).
- one of a series of small loops along the edge of lace braid.
- thread made of twisted gold or silver wire.
Origin of purl1
- to flow with curling or rippling motion, as a shallow stream does over stones.
- to flow with a murmuring sound.
- to pass in a manner or with a sound likened to this.
- the action or sound of purling.
- a circle or curl made by the motion of water; ripple; eddy.
Origin of purl2
Examples from the Web for purled
I have wound it and purled it and worked on the thing till I'm tasting fuzz.Patchwork
Anna Balmer Myers
It purled about me softly, gently, like a cat playing with a mouse.Bert Wilson's Twin Cylinder Racer
J. W. Duffield
The ridge or purled edge of this stitch will be on the outside of the loop.The Library of Work and Play: Needlecraft
Effie Archer Archer
Kells purled out a suspended breath and he flung the sweat from his brow.The Border Legion
To turn means to change from plain to purled stitches, or the reverse.The Ladies' Knitting and Netting Book
- Also called: purl stitch a knitting stitch made by doing a plain stitch backwards
- a decorative border, as of lace
- gold or silver wire thread
- to knit (a row or garment) in purl stitch
- to edge (something) with a purl
- (intr) (of a stream, etc) to flow with a gentle curling or rippling movement and a murmuring sound
- a curling movement of water; eddy
- a murmuring sound, as of a shallow stream
Word Origin and History for purled
"knit with inverted stitches," 1825; earlier "embroider with gold or silver thread" (1520s), probably from Middle English pirlyng "revolving, twisting," of unknown origin. The two senses usually are taken as one word, but even this is not certain. Klein suggests a source in Italian pirolare "to twirl," from pirolo "top." As a noun, from late 14c. as "bordering, frills," 1530s as "twisted thread of gold and silver."
"flow with a murmuring sound," 1580s, imitative, perhaps from a Scandinavian language. Related: Purled; purling.