Norwegian Purl Photo Tutorial

The Norwegian Purl stitch is an alternate way to purl for Continental knitters. It allows the knitter to purl while keeping the yarn to the back of the needles instead of having to bring the yarn to the front.

Download/Print Detailed Norwegian Purl Tutorial

Download/Print Simple Norwegian Purl Tutorial Small (matches below)

There are two versions of this photo tutorial.  The first PDF has two pictures for each step to give a more detailed view. The second PDF closely matches the website version below.  This page does not print well so use the simple PDF tutorial for printing.

Step 1:

Move working yarn (shown in green) behind the left hand needle tip







Step 2:

Move the right handle needle behind the working (green) yarn.

Insert the right hand needle into the first stitch (pink) as if to purl.






Step 3:

Move the right handle needle behind the left needle without losing the (pink) stitch or the working yarn (green) wrap.







Step 4:

Wrap the working (green) yarn around the right hand needle as if creating a knit stitch.







Step 5:

Bring the right hand needle in front of the left hand needle.

You should have two working (green) yarn wraps on the needle with one (pink) stitch between them.





Step 6:

Insert the right hand needle tip into the first stitch on the left needle as if it to knit.

This is the same stitch from step 2 where you inserted the right hand needle as if to purl.





Step 7:

Slip the stitch off the left hand needle.

You should have one (green) purl stitch on the right hand needle.

You can add an extra tug (down and behind the right hand needle) to the  working yarn if the purl stitch is too loose.

Repeat these steps to continue Norwegian purling.



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7 thoughts on “Norwegian Purl Photo Tutorial

  1. Having a few Norwegian Purl docs in my file and an inability to understand them, I went hunting for yet another. Yours, my friend, is BEYOND PERFECT! I now have a K, K, P on the right edge (that one isn’t the problem) and a nice tight P, K, K on the left edge of an afghan I designed. Both edges look exactly the same now… and both lay perfectly flat. You have no idea how happy I am with that, and your clear and concise tutorial.
    I am now a devoted follower of yours.
    Thank you very much. As the kids would say, “YOU ROCK!”

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