This post is the pattern for the Scrap Couture Linen Stitch Scarf.
Finished size: 7 ” wide by 6 feet long (does not include fringe)
Gauge: 20 sts * 40 rows = 4 inches (not all that important)
Note: All rows are worked on the right side of scarf. This is accomplished because of the use of the circular needle. Finish a row, cut a secure a 10″ yarn tail. Return to start and knit next row.
- Oddments of Yarn in the neighborhood of Worsted Weight.
- Size 10.5 circular Knitting Needles (long)
Linen Stitch (in knitting lingo):
- Row 1: *K1, yf, Sl1, yb *; repeat between *’s to end.
- Row 2: *yf, Sl1, yb, K1*, repeat between *’s to end
- yf = yarn forward
- yb = yarn back
- sl1 = slip one stitch
So the translated version is:
Row 1: *Knit 1 stitch, bring yarn forward between needle points, slip the next stitch (without knitting it), move yarn to the back of work through needle points*. Repeat the instructions between the *’s to the end of the row.
Row 2: *Bring yarn forward between needle points, slip the next stitch (without knitting it), move yarn to the back of work through needle points, Knit 1 stitch*. Repeat the instructions between the *’s to the end of the row.
As seen in the graph, Row 1 and Row 2 are the same 2-stitch pattern. Row 2 just slides over 1 stitch to alternate horizontal “Yarn Bar” location.
- Cast on 310 stitches (for a 6 foot scarf) with selected yarn.
- Return to start and with a second yarn leave a 10″ tail and knit Row 1 of Linen Stitch. Leave 10″ tail at end of row.
- Return to start and with a third yarn leave 10 ” tail and knit Row 2 of Linen Stitch. Leave 10″ tail at end of row. Tie tails of these two rows together close to scarf.
- Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until 66 rows have been knit (or until scarf is desired width)
- Knit final Row of Linen Stitch with yarn used for Cast on.
- Bind off using same yarn.
Fringe: (Apologies for photos, I forgot to take any photos when making the fringe, so had to improvise)
Lay scarf so that fringe is on thigh.
- Select first 4 strands of fringe, pushing other to side.
- Select first 2 strands of fringe and roll on thigh until tightly twisted.
- Hold twisted strands in other hand and roll the second 2 strands on thigh until tightly twisted (in the same direction as the first two)
Place twisted strands close together and stretch slightly.
- Tie an overhand knot 4″ or so from scarf edge and release. Fringe should be “double-twisted”.
- Repeat process for all fringe strands.
- Trim ends 1″ – 2″ from knot.
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I wish I knew how to knit !!
Love this! I’m doing my very first linen stitch scarf in fingering weight right now and just love the stitch and the look. I’m sure there will be more. 🙂
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Question: do you slip the stitches knitwise or purlwise? I’ve been slipping knitwise, but the stitches slipped this way twist pretty hard on the next pass.
In Linen Stitch, the slipped stitch is slipped purlwise.
ALthough it would work if slipped knitwise, as you noticed, the stitch twists, which tightens the gauge.