In Search of: The Perfect Linen Knit (Part I)

October 30, 2017

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  • “I actually have over 2,000 yards of the “Olive” shade in deep stash.“…LOL, of course it is Olive!! Can’t wait to see the finished kimomo!

  • I’ve been contemplating what to do with my mini skein set so I’m very happy to see this post – and am anxiously awaiting the next one. The teaser photo looks fab.

  • I have never knit with linen either but every summer I think I should. This year I took advantage of an LYS yarn sale and stashed away enough linen for a tank top to start next spring. Color: olive.

  • I’m fascinated to see what pattern Wendy comes up with. I do have a suggestion though, why not swatch with the Olive as the neutral to all the colors? Could be an interesting look and not as “expected” as black, plus it would be a Stash Buster. Nothing wrong with “expected”, colors are always gorgeous with black to offset them, but the mix of colors with Olive has my curiosity going. May have to order up some yarn and try it myself.

    • I love this idea. Olive green is one of my favorite “neutrals.” I think it would look smashing with all these colors mashing up against it.

    • I agree that this is a great idea! The reason I did not consider using my stash of olive linen was because I have enough for a full sweater and I did not want to dip into it in case I found something I want/need to make that takes the whole 2000 yards. I never said my line of reasoning was logical . . .

      • But it is logical.

  • I bought the miniskein set. Spectacular colors. So far I’ve made two striped hand towels, which is hopelessly boring! My mother kept saying “that towel should be a shawl.” But they look great in my kitchen and I don’t care. There are plenty of colors left for another project next summer.

  • Can’t wait for Part II. I love Wendy’s work.

  • I believe I have the perfect pattern for linen, Insouciant by Julie Hoover. I’ve knit this pattern three times using various Habu yarns and other odd bits and I think it would work perfectly with linen. The last version was a two-tone baseball shirt (I lengthened the sleeves). It’s a remarkably versatile pattern and the drape of linen will suit it perfectly. Since the sweater is knit in pieces, it’s easy to stripe.
    Joanna Koss

    • I hadn’t seen Insouciant! You’re right, it’s great for linen and would look fab in stripes.

      Here’s a link:

      • Whoa! I just saw almost the same shirt on a co worker today! She is temporary, covering for someone who is out on leave. She was wearing this wonderful shirt, with the fantastic fit. It turns out her mom, who is in her early 90’s, knit it! She herself knits only squares to donate to Project Linus.

      • What container was it that you used for keeping the wound up balls of Euroflax?

        I can hardly wait to see the finished product! I hope part 2 will be tomorrow, and not next Monday…

        • My mini-skein container is an acrylic box divided into 24 sections, overall size approx. 18 x 12″. It is meant to be a container/organizer for craft supplies and I probably purchased it from or someplace like that — I’ve had it a while. The sections are the perfect size for holding the mini-balls!

    • Nice! And I have leftovers from my miniskeins . . . .

  • I know that I am late thanking you for telling about the epic American sessions but my God they were wonderful. I watched parts one and two with no break and I know I will certainly be watching them again in the future. Once again thanks for sharing this.

  • Can’t wait to see the finished sweater!

  • Part TWO??….This is worse than waiting to see who killed J.R. Chloe

  • Oh wait… there’s a sneak-peek picture up top that shows how awesome this jacket will be….sometimes it takes a while for this old brain to put things together.

  • I love linen also! But can I admit to a serious case of Envy on linen sheets? Not to mention a hundred years old and hand-embroidered? Swoon! I look forward to seeing the kimono one of my very favorite sweaters is hand-knit out of linen. The yarn was gifted to me by a very dear friend. Pure Love! The sweater is wonderful!

  • Miters? You’ve gotten me perked up, they are my fav!