Sunday, December 18, 2011

Definition of Purl (Verb)

The word knit as a verb has meanings that go beyond the act of knitting with yarn. I was curious if the same is the case for "purl."

transitive verb
  • to embroider with gold or silver thread
  • to edge or border with gold or silver embroider
  • to knit in purl stitch
intransitive verb
  • to do knitting in purl stitch
I never knew that purl was an embroidery term. But it seems like this verb hasn't come to have as many meanings as knit.

Isn't it interesting that the word purl predates the word knit by 70 years (1526 for purl, 1596 for knit)?

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