purl stitch


Definition of purl stitch

: a knitting stitch usually made with the yarn at the front of the work by inserting the right needle into the front of a loop on the left needle from the right, catching the yarn with the right needle, and bringing it through to form a new loop — compare knit stitch

Examples of purl stitch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Over the course of the class, participants learn to cast on, the knit and purl stitches, how to bind off and seam up a cowl. Lake County News-Sun, 18 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of purl stitch

1852, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for purl stitch

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The first known use of purl stitch was in 1852

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“Purl stitch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purl%20stitch. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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