When Micaela brought her completed linen stitch scarf into the shop Leslie and I, along with many of our customers, were in awe of its simple textural lines. It is amazing to me how the combination of knit, purl, and slip stitches can make a knitted project look and feel like it is woven similar to linen. Learning new stitch patterns, or new stitch combinations, is a wonderful way to level up your knitting skills and vocabulary. As we all know there are hundreds of ways to combine knits and purls to form different designs, so don’t be afraid to leave your comfort zone and try something new and interesting.
The linen stitch is a good pattern for an intermediate beginner and it is gender neutral, for those of us looking for a good man scarf. Any project knitted up using this stitch combination will be dense, firm, and will not allow as much air to pass through as other stitch patterns. In other words where warmth is needed, as for a scarf, this is a great pattern to employ. I think using the Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend was the ideal choice.
You only need 2 hanks and there is a glorious range of subtly striated colors. Even though the linen stitch is a dense pattern, the way the yarn drapes and the sheen from the luxurious blend of merino and silk really makes the scarf stunning. If you are interested in learning the linen stitch scarf we will be offering the class this Saturday, February 27th from 1:00pm – 2:00pm. If you are interested in the pattern check back early next week in the free pattern section of the blog! -B