February 16, 2011
Today’s finished project is a Linen Stitch scarf, knit lengthwise. What an easy knit, and I really like the resulting fabric. It’s thick and warm and almost looks woven. Slip stitch patterns are great for mixing up colors. I checked out several linen stitch projects on Ravelry (including downloading a few) and have come to the conclusion that …. you don’t really need an official “pattern” when making this as a scarf. Just jump in and go!
I Googled to find Linen Stitch directions and here they are (except I end with the slip-stitch on each side – not a K1 or P1). I used 2 skeins of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted (in the Sublime colorway), but you can use any weight yarn. You can also use leftover yarn in many different colors, since the linen stitch is a good one for mixing things up and making them all look good. Just add a new color at different points as you go along. For my scarf, I knit it all in the same colorway.
Since it is knit long-ways, you’ll cast on a lot of stitches and will be knitting long rows. If you want to be all official in figuring our your cast on number, you can knit a gauge swatch, figure out how many stitches per inch you’re doing, and then multiply that by how many inches long you want your scarf to be. (5 stitches per inch x 72 inches long = 360 stitches to cast on.) Did I take the time to do a gauge swatch? Nope. I figured a general ballpark figure was good enough. I generally knit 4-5 st. per inch on worsted, so I cast on 310 stitches and it worked out fine. If you typically knit 8 stitches per inch in fingering weight and want to use that for this scarf, you’ll be looking at something like 8 st. x 72″ long = 576 stitches to cast on. My scarf ended up being 5 ft. long and about 5″ wide. Next time I’d probably cast on 376 stitches or so (and I had plenty of yarn left over to make it that long). Just make sure that your cast-on number is an even number, since the pattern is a 2-stitch pattern. You’ll also want to go up a needle size or two from what you’d typically use for that weight. I knit this on size 9′s (5.5 mm).
Suggested yarns for colorful versions of this:
(Or use bits and bobs from your leftover yarn. Just make sure you’re using all the same weight within the same scarf.)
I’ve also been working on a slip-stitch sock for a few weeks, which I’ll share with you soon. You know, because I have to have fifty seven projects going on at once so that I can bop around and knit on different things on any given day. Or start something new. I’m good at that, too.