Quiz about Purling
Quiz about Purling

Purling Trivia Quiz


So many people love to knit but hate to purl. Take this quiz to see how much you know about purling (or not!). Afterwards, you can be the smarty-pants at your knitting group!

A multiple-choice quiz by djfreedom. Estimated time: 5 mins.
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Author
djfreedom
Time
5 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
280,333
Updated
Dec 03 21
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10
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Tough
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This quiz has 2 formats: you can play it as a or as shown below.
Scroll down to the bottom for the answer key.
1. What does purling mean exactly? Hint

To knit backwards.
To knit an inversion of the knit stitch.
To knit on the wrong side.
To knit stockinette stitch.

2. Where does the word "purl" come from? Hint

From the Scandinavian word "purvlng", which means "bubbling up".
From the Middle English word "pirlyng", which means "twisting and revolving".
From the Middle English word "pyrl", which means "turning back".
From the Old French word "perle", which means "pearl".

3. What is the other meaning of the word "purl"? Hint

A small amount of information.
A computer programming language.
A thread made from gold or silver fibers.
An abnormal growth within some sea mollusks.

4. How can one make a stockinette stitch just by purling? Hint

By knitting inside-out and in the round.
By purling inside-out and in the round.
By knitting left-handed.
By purling left-handed.

5. One can knit lace by purling only.

True
False

6. Which of these knitting styles achieves its patterned effects using only simple knit and purl stitches? Hint

Fauve
Fair Isle
Guernsey
Aran

7. What type of wool shows off knit and purl stitches to their best advantage? Hint

A smooth textured yarn
Variegated color yarn
Laceweight yarn
Single ply yarn

8. What is the Greek style of purling? Hint

Purling with the yarn around the neck.
There is no such thing.
Just part of knitting outdoors in general.
Purling with a larger needle than when knitting.

9. Knitting and purling developed at the same time.

True
False

10. What is it called when one knits flat using only the purl stitch? Hint

Garter Stitch
Beginner's Stitch
Double Purl Stitch
Bead Stitch


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. What does purling mean exactly?

Answer: To knit an inversion of the knit stitch.

Purling can be used to knit stockinette stitch and when done so, it is used on the wrong side. But you can use the purl stitch on both sides to make up the simple garter stitch. You can also use the purl stitch to make textured knits of many patterns. Knitting backwards is a specialized technique where you knit from left to right instead of right to left using either knit or purl.

Literally, purling is an inversion of the knit stitch. That's all!
2. Where does the word "purl" come from?

Answer: From the Middle English word "pirlyng", which means "twisting and revolving".

It is unknown why this particular word came to mean the the inversion of the knit stitch. Interestingly, it was not until 1825 that "to purl" came to mean what it does today. It seems to have coincided with the earliest years of printed knitting instructions.
3. What is the other meaning of the word "purl"?

Answer: A thread made from gold or silver fibers.

I'm trying to trick you! "Perl" is the correct word for a computer programming language. Believe it or not, the lovely pearl is an abnormal growth in sea mollusks. Though knitting may be meditative to some and provide you with some "pearls of wisdom", it has nothing to do with that.

Why does the word "purl" also mean a thread of gold or silver fiber? Sorry, that answer is lost in the mists of time.
4. How can one make a stockinette stitch just by purling?

Answer: By purling inside-out and in the round.

Purling inside-out and in the round is a traditional technique used in Peru and parts of Bolivia. Knitters use a method of holding the yarn around their necks and flicking the tensioned yarn with the thumb to purl. This is a VERY fast method of purling! Check it out and astound your friends (I have!).
5. One can knit lace by purling only.

Answer: True

Although it is possible, it is highly non-traditional.

Traditional Shetland lace knitters used the knit stitch only to speed up their knitting process for purposes of production. With the English method of knitting, it is slower to use the purl stitch.

However, it is absolutely possible to produce the same results using the purl stitch only. If you purl faster than you knit, you may prefer it.
6. Which of these knitting styles achieves its patterned effects using only simple knit and purl stitches?

Answer: Guernsey

Fair Isle knitting is a multi-colored knitting style, almost exclusively using stockinette stitch. Aran knitting does employ purl stitches, but it is characterized by its use of cabled patterns. Fauve has nothing to do with knitting. It was a style of painting in the early 20th century, whose best known adherent was Henri Matisse.

A Guernsey is a traditional, tightly knitted fisherman's sweater from the British island of Guernsey. Their beauty comes from the use of patterns created by using knit and purl stitches.
7. What type of wool shows off knit and purl stitches to their best advantage?

Answer: A smooth textured yarn

Laceweight yarn is just too thin to show off knit and purl patterns, unless you use 0000 needles and view the finished results with a magnifying glass! Variegated yarn tends to obscure knit and purl patterns. Single ply is usually a bit fluffy and the best yarn for showing off a knit and purl pattern is one that is smooth.

The traditional yarn for Guernseys is yarn that is a worsted weight. Anything from a five to even a ten ply wool! However, most three or four ply yarn is just fine and much easier to find.
8. What is the Greek style of purling?

Answer: Purling with the yarn around the neck.

The weather is generally nice in Greece, but it has nothing to do with purling.
One could purl with a larger needle when alternating rows of purl and knit to produce an fabric with a variable gauge.

Purling (and knitting) with the yarn around ones' neck is usually called Greek knitting, though as mentioned before, this is also seen in parts of South America and in countries along the Mediterranean. It has not been determined where this technique originates.
9. Knitting and purling developed at the same time.

Answer: False

It would seem that the answer would be a resounding "Of course! They go together!" , but archaeological evidence shows that this is not the case. Artifacts show that tubular (in the round) knitting developed first, with only the use of the knit stitch. The first example of purled stitches were found on the stockings of Eleanor of Toledo, dating back to 1562.
10. What is it called when one knits flat using only the purl stitch?

Answer: Garter Stitch

A most common project for a beginner knitter is making a scarf in Garter Stitch, but most people use the knit stitch to do this. Garter stitch can be done with all rows in knitting OR all rows in purling. It's up to the individual and makes no difference in how the finished product looks (unless you make a mess out of it!).
Source: Author djfreedom

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