Submitted by Serge664 on Mon, 2006-07-03 08:55
It seems like there have been a lot of anti-purl sentiments made recently, so I thought these might be helpful:
For Pickers (you know who you are) learning the Norwegian purl makes things much faster. This is really good for ribbing or other patterns with lots of switching. DO keep in mind that this results in a looser purl stitch, which you can either tighten as they are made, or just learn to work with a fun new gauge.
If you have ever bought a Drops pattern book, there is a note in the front about the stitch gauge being looser because of their wacky purl stitch - I believe this is this is the stitch they are using. Norwegian Purl
Another option is to learn to do it both ways, like a typewriter.
For a wide bit of stockenette I will often pick right-handed for the knits and then throw left-handed knits instead of purling. This keeps the yarn in the same hand, and alternating techniques each row gives the wrists a little break - good for people with carpel tunnel probs.
On the other hand, you may prefer learning to pick left-handed knits and alternate right and left handed knitting.
Just remember to pick or throw so the stitches run around the needle in the same direction as your original knitting (clockwise or anti-clockwise) or the stitches will change orientation. If that doesn’t bother you, don’t worry about it.
These take a bit of practice, but the increase in speed is worth the effort. Once you get the hang of it, you will look like a Tex Avery cartoon. And remember, Purl is your friend.