The purl stitch joins forces with the knit stitch to enable a knitter to conquer the world (the knitting world, at least)! You will often see the word purl abbreviated as p or P in knitting pattern shorthand. The American method simply indicates that you hold the working yarn in your right hand.
The production of ribbed tubular goods and athletic socks became possible for the first time with the "Simplex" machine, manufactured by the English company Wildt & Co. In 1920, the English company William Spiers in Leicester launched the first double-cylinder knitting machine with several operating systems for patterned purl-knit goods. Double-cylinder knitting machines are a special type of circular knitting machines which work with two needle cylinders.
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The English knit stitch differs from the continental knit stitch in only one detail--which hand supplies the yarn. In continental style knitting, the LEFT hand supplies the yarn, in English style knitting, the RIGHT hand supplies the yarn . The yarn, however, goes the same way around the needles, and the needles go the same way through the loop.
by Eva Maria Leszner
French knitting is great fun. It is how I started knitting as a kid.
Small = 2 1/2" tall