I love the texture this stitch creates. It has the appearance of a hand woven fabric and makes me think of the days when women would make their own fabric. It is a very simple combination of stitches and only two repeating rows.
It can be changed up to give different effects by using different type yarns. The photo demonstrates 3 different effects using solid wool, tweed and verigated yarns. I personally like the tweed look the best, but I must say that the verigated look is interesting. I'm not a big fan of verigated yarn and you will rarely see my work using it, but I do like the the effect it has with the linen stitch.
I'm in the process of making a scarf with this pattern that I think will look fantastic with my charcoal grey wool pea-coat style winter jacket next winter using a deep red wool tweed.
Row 1: K1, *(Sl 1 wyif, K1) rep to end (wyif = with yarn in front)
Row 2: K1, P1, *(Sl 1 wyib, P1) rep to end (wyib = with yarn in back)
I'm going to finish it off with a short 1 1/2 inch fringe.
Last week I asked people to answer a poll regarding the type of knitting needles they prefered. The results show that bamboo needles are the favorite at 75% and alumimun coming in second at 25%.
I was taught using alumimun needles and used them exclusively for over 25 years. It wasn't until a few years ago that I tried bamboo and I absolutely love them. It was a bit hard on my budget to replace all the needle sizes with bamboo but I simply would get a new set as I needed new ones. I tried going back to alumimun and I felt very uncoordinated and my stitches were so uneven that I will only use bamboo now.
This week's poll ~ Which yarn do you like for the linen stitch - Plain, Tweed, Verigated?
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