Definition of purl edge in US English:

purl edge


  • 1Chiefly Lacemaking and Needlework an ornamental edging formed by a series of small loops or twists of thread.

  • 2Knitting an edge made by casting on or off using the needles as in purl stitch.


Late 19th century; earliest use found in Sophia Caulfeild (1824–1911), writer on needlework.