Tuesday, April 04, 2006





The linen stitch is my favorite knit stitch. Here is an unfinished bag I made with peaches and cream varigated cotton. I love what the linen stitch does to varigated yarn how the stripey effect is really broken up and the honeycomb pattern that emerges. I have trouble though deciding which side I like the best. I'd like to finish this bag with a lining- but I hate to cover up the "wrong" side of the work. Just to avoid any confusion- the solid pink side panels were knitted perpendicular to the linen stitch panel.

4 comments:

A said...

Lovely! Do you think I could try out this stitch with fat yarn and do a baby blanket with it?

(btw, thanks again for the pony pattern!)

Elizabeth said...

That is BEAUTIFUL!!! Very inspiring! I will have to investigate the linen stitch... and perhaps venture into doing a blanket!

BTW, I'm having the same problem with my bag - I actually prefer the purled side (after having looked at it for the entire time knitting it in the round).

Skye said...

That is beautiful! I like both sides but I like the one on the top in the pictures best.

Where do I go to learn about this linen stitch of which you speak? (being a rank beginner)

Sarah said...

Hi Skye- Thanks for your comment.

The linen stitch is very easy to do, but it's sadly- also VERY slow. What makes it so slow is that for every row you knit- you only gain a half row in height...coupled with the fact that for every stitch you knit you also have to yarn forward and yarn back- just like if you were knitting 1x1 ribbing... so it's actually slower than ribbing- but it's a very supple beautiful cloth when you are done. I think it's worth the effort.

Here is how you do it.

cast on your stitches.

K1 and bring the yarn forward

slip the next stitch without working it

bring the yarn back

if you did this right- your working yarn will make a little horizontal dash infront of your slipped stitch- this is what makes the woven look.

just continue like that- one stitch knit and one slipped with a dash in front.

When you turn your work understand that all the stitches which had been slipped in the last row will now be worked, purled.

Just like the first row- you will slip every other stitch, and to create the dash- same deal- except now you need to bring the yarn back and then forward to make the dash.

Think like a weaver and just be sure to "go over the unders and under the overs"