A beautiful linen knit from https://seagreenandsapphire.wordpress.com/tag/knitting-with-linen/ using Clearwing pattern.
I like this being described as Zen knitting due to rounds and rounds of the same stockinette stitch and same gray color. It can be soothing for some and irritating for others…. But the result is simple and natural.
Categories of yarn, gauge ranges, and recommended needle and hook sizes
Yarn Weight Symbol
& Category Names
Sock, Fingering, Baby
Stitch to 4 inches
6 sts and fewer
12.75 mm and larger
1 to 3
3 to 5
5 to 7
7 to 9
9 to 11
to 4 inch
6 sts and fewer
Hook in Metric
6, 7, 8
K–10 1⁄2 to
* GUIDELINES ONLY: The above reflect the most commonly used gauges and needle or hook sizes for specific yarn categories.** Lace weight yarns are usually knitted or crocheted on larger needles and hooks to create lacy, openwork patterns. Accordingly, a gauge range is difficult to determine. Always follow the gauge stated in your pattern.*** Steel crochet hooks are sized differently from regular hooks—the higher the number, the smaller the hook, which is the reverse of regular hook sizing
GAUGE 24 sts and 23 rows = 4” in Tranquility st; 20 sts and 32 rows = 4” in German Honeycomb st; 30 sts and 29 rows = 4” in Mystery Mesh st.
Two rectangles display geometric eyelet patterns—one an open mesh and the other a circular motif. A drawstring shapes the boxy top, adding to the free-spirit aesthetic, while a neutral color keeps things sleek and modern.
Linen has a long and storied past. It comes from the flax plant, which has been used by humans for centuries and can be grown in a variety of environments—it’s native to the eastern Mediterranean, but can be grown in many other locations, including Vancouver, Canada, where Caitlin ffrench grew her own flax and is spinning the linen fiber herself (her article in this issue, Grow Your Own Yarn, is a must-read for fiber fiends). It’s a plant fiber, so it shares certain properties with cotton, but it can be incredibly crisp, almost like paper, or soft and fluid.
See the rest of the story about knitting with linen and linen designs in Knitting Daily
Our “Flaxerella”, 100% Linen Yarn from Belgium, 50g, natural, NM 4.8/1 has 260 yards (240 meters).
Check out Caitlin ffrench designs on Ravelry and find your inspiration to use your linen yarn.
Spandex also known as lycra, elastane is known for its exceptional elasticity. It is a very needed fiber for knitters and crocheters as it gives memory to the yarn and takes care of the loose parts (like bottoms of sleeves, or ribbon on a sweater).
Lycra only works with applied heat. When you press or steam the area containing lycra, it will visibly shrink, gathering the texture together. Try it on swatches first: you won’t believe the result. If your garment looks a little stretched after a while, just apply a puff of hot steam to the lycra area and it will be like new.
You can use it stranded with wool as well as with all cellulose fibers (cotton, rayon, linen, tencel, etc…) and silk. Do not change your gauge if you are only using it on a limited area. With wool, you will need to be cautious when applying heat, as you will want to shrink the lycra without felting the wool.
Sometimes, especially with a bigger or heavier yarn, you may want to use two ends of lycra alongside it, to give it a stronger elasticity.
Linen has often been said to be one of the healthiest fabrics for your skin. It’s a fabric that allows for breath-ability. It gives off the sensation of weightlessness when it is worn. Because of this, linen shirts tend to be some of the healthiest options for summer clothes. Along with being a light fabric, it is also hypo-allergenic and anti-bacterial. It can absorb water easily without making the fabric feel wet. This is due to the large amount of pectins located inside of the fabric. Pectins are what hold fibers together. A higher concentration of them results in greater ability to absorb water. Linen shirts do not irritate your skin, and instead offer many benefits.