Linen stitching the day away

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I tend to have a bit of an obsessive personality. When I find something I like I like A LOT of it. This is true whether it’s shoes, food and yes, anything yarn related. The past few months I have been in love with the linen stitch. It’s a plucky little stitch which creates a wonderful dense, nubby fabric which is especially lovely when knit with a colorful yarn.

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A few months ago I made myself a linen knit cowl. I didn’t use a pattern. It’s just a tube knit in the round on the All in One loom. I used a heavy worsted weight yarn by Fleece Artist called Jana in the colorway Brew. I LOVE this yarn and tend to hoard it since I can only find it from a wonderful seller I visit at a few different craft shows.

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The linen stitch is knit in multiples of two which makes this a very versatile stitch. The only thing to remember is that the edges will curl unless you do a few rows of garter or seed at the beginning. As you can see in the photo above I did four rows of seed stitch which complimented the linen stitch nicely.

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There are several ways to knit the linen stitch on the loom and they are all very easy, it’s just a matter of preference. I did mine with a row of regular knit stitches in between each linen row. It seemed to define the stitch a little better with this particular yarn. However, there are a few ways to achieve essentially the same look. Just this morning Kimberly Carrigan posted a new video in the GoodKnitKisses Loom Knit & Craft Club on FaceBook that she made of her own technique for the linen stitch I think it’s quite brilliant. I will definitely be trying this version out on my next linen stitch project! See it here!

23018320815_6ec73fd00d_z This is my completed cowl. A few things that I would do differently the next time (and there WILL be a next time).

  1. I would use all the pegs on the All in One loom (with the five peg spacers in). I only cast on 96 stitches and it’s just a tiny, tiny bit too snug. It’s not uncomfortable but adding those few more stitches would make all the difference.
  2. I made this cowl too long. As you can see in the photos I have to fold it in to make it wearable. I just got in the zone, what can I say? I was on a knitting high and just kept going and going. I would stop at around 9″ or 10″ the next time.

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All in all I am very pleased with my cowl. I wear it a lot. It’s wind proof and super warm and makes me giddy when I look at it.

You can see my Ravelry entry on this cowl HERE.

I’ve been using the linen stitch to make some fingerless mitts as well and will share them with you all soon. Until then, loom on!

Loom Knit Infinity Scarf of Many Colors

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Boy howdy, it’s been a long time since I last blogged! I really have no excuse other than… life. Ya know? That’s not to say that I haven’t been knitting up a storm. I have! Well, I suppose at the pace I knit it’s more like a light, steady rain. I’m currently working on this year’s batch of Christmas gifts (a zillion pairs of fingerless mitts), which I will blog about shortly, but first I wanted to talk about this crazy colorful infinity scarf that I made earlier in the year.

I saw a picture on Pinterest of a colorful knit done in a cross stitch kind of pattern and I knew I needed to do something similar. And this is what I came up with. Since then it’s been rather popular on Pinterest and a few months ago Folt Bolt featured it on FaceBook. At this time it has over 8,000 views on Ravelry, which is a ton in a my little world.

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The most often asked question is, “Is there a pattern?” Well, no. There isn’t. That’s because you really don’t need one. It’s just one stitch knit until the desired length is reached. Sew the ends together and call it done. That’s it! But I realize that some people like step by step instructions so here you go.

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What you will need:

Loom: I used the Tadpole loom by Authentic Knitting Board.

Yarn: This is the crucial part. This scarf would be very ho-hum without this yarn. Ready for it? I used 2 skeins of Misty Alpaca Hand Knit Chunky in Pico. Allow me to preach the virtues of this yarn for a moment…. THIS YARN IS HEAVEN ON THIS EARTH! It’s softer than any baby’s bottom. It’s more colorful than upstate NY in the Autumn. It is like knitting with butter coated angels dipped in sugar while singing Hallelujah. (The angels are singing. Not you).

The Stitch: This is a double knit stitch called the Figure 8. It creates a lovely, squishy, reversible double knit which is cross stitched on one side and stockinette on the other (see photo above). You can see how to do this stitch HERE. They call it a cast on but all you do is continue in the same manner for the entire piece.

  • Cast on all the pegs. This will give you the proper width for your scarf.
  • Knit until the length measures about 50.”
  • Bind off.
  • Join ends together.
  • Place around neck, twist and double it up.
  • Walk around like the goddess you are and try to act cool when total strangers stop you on the street to ask about your magical infinity scarf.

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And that’s it. Really.

Kind of anticlimactic, huh?

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To see my Ravelry page on this scarf go HERE.