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 textured knitting a pleasure. A swatch will be knitted in class to practice this technique and its applications: Proper tensioning of the yarn, the conventional Continental purl and knit stitches, the Norwegian purl, purl garter stitch, ribbing with the Norwegian purl on the right side and on the wrong side, 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, as well as corrugated ribbing on the right side and the wrong side of the work.
Time: 3 hours
Level: All. (It is helpful to have the ability to knit Continental–working yarn in the left hand–but it is not mandatory.)
• 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 for worsted yarn, size 3.75 mm or 4 mm for sport yarn.)