Study of Linen Stitch :: Knitting ::

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Happy Thursday everyone! I hope you are all set and ready for Christmas, and if you are not, I am sure it will be fine, now is the time to enjoy this time of the year. 

I am glad I am finally posting about the linen stitch. The idea was to make men some scarves using the linen stitch, yeah right, so you will only see my samples. To be honest, making those samples made me realise how long it takes to knit the linen stitch. It takes forever... and it became clear that making scarves was not going to be just plain hard work. However I love the texture, how it looks woven, and I am really keen to use this stitch in a future project. 

I played around with different colour yarns and patterns to see the effect. It is such a versatile stitch, and really easy to knit - mindless knitting right here

Linen stitch pattern

Worked over an even number of stitches. Slip stitches purlwise.
Row 1: *Knit 1, slip 1 with yarn in front; Repeat from * to end. Turn.
Row 2: *Purl 1, slip 1 with yarn in back; Repeat from * to end. Turn.

I made a strippey version, used variegated yarn (works so well for this stitch) and for the last sample, I used some Kidsilk Haze and heavy fingering weight yarn. Unfortunately my sample does really convey the idea I saw on Ravelry, so added the Ravelry picture I saw. 

You could also do a three colour fabric - but then it becomes a bit less mindless. 

Do you like it? It is no wonder it is called fabric stitch, I am sure the sewists will quite enjoy the result. What would use this stitch for? I have still in mind a scarf, but may have to start a few months before the gift is due!


  1. Linen stitch is beautiful! Somehow, I always thought it was a "difficult" stitch for "advanced" knitters. It sounds like something I could probably handle though!

  2. This looks beautiful, I've never seen this before. I suppose since you only knit every other stitch, it takes twice as long...

  3. Ooh! I love Linen stitch! Such pretty results but so much work.. (>_<)

    Btw, still have problem commenting using my wordpress account...