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1A knitting stitch made by putting the needle through the front of the stitch from right to left:[as modifier] ‘a purl stitch’Compare with plain
- ‘Look at how crisp the bobbles are and regularity the purl stitches.’
- ‘Priscilla Gibson-Roberts explains how wrapping the yarns the way most western cultures do for the purl stitch, tends to use just a bit more yarn, so the purls rows are just a little looser than the knit rows.’
- ‘Eddie was trying to explain to Pride the difference between knit and purl, and how to use each of them.’
2A cord of twisted gold or silver wire used for bordering or edging something.
- ‘The spangle kept in place by a stitch through a short piece of Purl.’
- 2.1 An ornamental edging of lace or ribbon.
- ‘Portrayed in seventeenth-century dress, the central figures are richly picked out in colourful threads of satin and stern stitch with couched silk and purl.’
Knit with a purl stitch:‘knit one, purl one’
gurgle, bubble, murmur, purr, purl, tinkle, whir, drone, rumble, buzz, humView synonyms
- ‘I was most overwhelmed and went to bed having nightmares about socked feet walking up and down my naked body shouting knit one purl one faster faster…’
- ‘Suddenly he found there were other skills he had to teach his girls - knitting was just one of them, but the self-taught silversmith soon picked up the knit one, purl one skills as well!’
- ‘It was just an experiment piece - where I tried to remember how to knit, purl, cast off, increase and decrease etc.’
- ‘Purl one, knit one, purl one, purl one - wait, that was a knit, wasn't it?’
- ‘Or perhaps it'll be cyber-knitters, chanting some elaborated version of ‘knit one, purl two’ as they create mythic tapestries or heal rifts in the fabric of space-time.’
- ‘I searched the Internet and found Web sites that had actual movies of how to cast on as well as knit, purl, and cast off.’
- ‘Although, I find it less annoying than a rib - knit 3, move yarn, purl 3, move yarn, repeat - because I always loose track of what stitch I'm on.’
Mid 17th century: of uncertain origin.
(of a stream or river) flow with a swirling motion and babbling sound:‘large stones stood blackly in the water, making it purl as it rolled around them’
splash, wash, swish, slap, slosh, break, purlView synonyms
- ‘The water gurgled and purled, loudly at first, then softly, as a powerful foot-wide whirlpool took shape.’
- ‘He sits on the bank and, wretched, stares into the purling water.’
- ‘I look out of the window and through the purling drops I can see gutters running with water; I can see the clouds almost black with rain to come.’
- ‘Miri could not imagine there was such a beautiful place as the island of Philae, an island amongst islands washed by the purling waters of the Nile.’
[in singular] A purling motion or sound:‘it was quiet except for the liquid purl of the fountain’
- ‘Somewhere in the alleyway outside, cat song purled into the night.’
- ‘‘See how easily the white meat slices,’ a dark, rumbling voice purled around the gunner's ears.’
- ‘His hands just purled off notes in all shapes and forms.’
- ‘The shadows lurched forward, purling around his ankles like tendrils of smoke.’
- ‘A mercurial figure whom Sacco often draws veiled in purls of cigarette smoke, Neven is a ‘fixer,’ a source and guide to foreign journalists seeking access to the front lines.’
- ‘No. 23 (F Major - Moderato) purls off the piano like drops of water for some forty seconds before the conclusion begins, in No. 24 (D Minor - Allegro appassionato), sweeping, broad, interlaced with runs.’
Early 16th century (denoting a small swirling stream): probably imitative; compare with Norwegian purla bubble up.
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