Knit Linen Stitch
August 9, 2013
If you are in need of a more structured look for your knitted garments this coming season have I got the stitch for you. If you thought knitwear could not be structured or have the body needed for blazers, boxy jackets or chanel-esque coats than you have been knitting the wrong swatches. The linen stitch is a dense stitch that will bring lots of body and structure to your knit designs. It is not a difficult stitch to work but it is much more time intensive than a stockinette or a lace. The time it took me to knit my last swatch, swirl eyelet, was half the amount of time I used to work the linen swatch but I created a swatch half the size.
You can see by the above picture the difference in the drape of the 2 swatches (though for a better picture I am using the Summer Lace swatch instead of eyelet swirl). The lace drapes like you would expect from a knit but the linen stitch drapes similarly to a medium weight or bottom weight woven. It is still soft though even more so after I steam blocked it. You can really feel it relaxing when you steam block it with an iron. This stitch is just the ticket for the coming seasons boxy, structured jackets.
Here's the back. Reminds me of seed stitch
Worked over even stitches and all slipped stitches are slipped purlwise
R1: k1, *move yarn to front and sl1, move yarn to back and k1; repeat from * to end
R2: p1, * move yarn to back and sl1, move yarn to front and p1: repeat from * to end
If you are not willing to put in as much time as a whole garment of linen stitch would take then I recommend applying it to the plackets, collars or hems of a jacket or sweater. This will give weight and body to parts of the garment that often distort or hang poorly.
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