Challenge Square No. 14: Linen Stitch in two colors


Needles: US 8

Yarn: Caron Simply Soft Eco Color A: Woodland, Color B: Greenfields

The linen stitch is a simple knit stitch alternating with as slipped stitch where the yarn is held in front so that it wraps around the slipped stitch. The linen stitch can be done in all one color BUT to get this fun checkered effect two different colors can be used and are worked every two rows. I worked this square flat on straight needles and added a simple knit stitch on the first and last stitch to create somewhat of an edge. It requires an even number of stitches.

Row 1 (RS): *K1, slip 1 with yarn in front, rep from * to end

Row 2 (WS): *P1, slip 1 with yarn in back, rep from * to end

So for two colors you would work row 1 and 2 in color A, then work row 1 and 2 again with color B. Each time switching colors just twist the yarn up the side of the work.

I love the look of this stitch! It makes for a tighter stitch so the rows are shorter but it makes the knitting feel more dense and has the fun wrapped stitch look. I think this would be great for a bag! Or a fun toss pillow (it would hold the stuffing in very well). A scarf would be fun with two colors, this can even be done with 3 colors, again just working two rows of color C in between the other colors. The wrong side looks like seed stitch, and honestly it works up like seed stitch as you move the yarn to the front to slip the stitch instead of purling (or knitting) so it takes out a small step but feels like the same motions. This is a very fun way of using two colors and very easy so this is a great beginner way to do colorwork!

To see how the linen stitch can easily be done in the round (no purl stitches!) make sure to check out my post for the linen stitch bag.


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