I’m sure I’ve knit with linen yarn before, but I can’t think of any projects I’ve made with it. I think I made a market bag once with a linen blend, and I have enough linen in my stash to knit a top, I just haven’t done it yet.
As an aside, if you’re wondering what linen is, it’s a natural fiber produced from flax. It’s a very labor intensive process, but it makes yarn that is strong, lightweight, durable and machine washable. It’s a great fiber to use and wear in the summer, whether you’re knitting garments with it or sewing or buying garments made from linen fabric.
There is a bit of a learning curve to working with linen yarn, though. It can be slippery and easily get tangled on itself. These tips for knitting with linen yarn from Jessica McDonald Designs are a great place to start if you’re contemplating your first linen knitting project.
The advice to not work from a center-pull ball is actually really great and not something I would have thought of as potentially causing a problem. But all her tips are great so click over there and check it out.
Her post shares a couple of her designs that are worked in linen yarn, but if you’re looking for more ideas, here are a few patterns I’ve shared recently that use linen or a linen blend yarn:
I don’t know that I’m going to get to knitting with my linen yarn this summer, but it’s definitely on my list to work with soon, and with these tips I’ll be all set for success with a lot less frustration.
Have you ever worked with linen yarn? I’d love to hear your tips.
[Photo: Jessica McDonald Designs]