linen

Linen Appreciation Month! Week 2

On this week’s episode of Super Bulky! we talked about three 100% linen yarns, and what makes each of them unique. Let’s go over each of them briefly here as well, and use this as an excuse to share some knitting and crochet inspiration!

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Shibui Reed

A lovely linen yarn with a natural, subtly irregular quality.

Our first yarn is Shibui Reed. Reed is a lovely linen yarn with a natural, subtly irregular quality. It looks great when used to make big sections of stockinette stitch in knitting, and when viewed as a whole, its slight irregularities combined with linen’s natural tendency to show minute changes in tension make for a visually interesting, organic looking finished product that gently invokes the style of wabi-sabi.

Here are some patterns I discovered while browsing Ravelry that would work wonderfully with Shibui Reed:

Edie by Isabell Kraemer

This simple but beautiful V-neck top features large sections of stockinette stitch broken up by multiple repeats of an appealing textured border! Edie is great for showing off the natural look Shibui Reed brings.

Arrow V-neck Dress & Top by Ana D

Another V-neck, but this time we have some beautiful crochet open-work! The Arrow V-Neck is a gorgeous pattern and looks like it would be a pleasure to work. Take advantage of linen’s natural structure with this one! If you like the V-neck, but want more, the pattern includes instructions to make it dress-length.

Hitofude Cardigan by Hiroko Fukatsu

Singingsheep documents her experience with the pattern on her project page in great detail, and the result of her hard work is amazing! This cardigan is perfect in Shibui Reed

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Euroflax

When you think of linen yarn, you’ll probably imagine something like Euroflax.

Next up, we have Euroflax. When you think of linen, you’re probably thinking about something along the lines of Euroflax by Lofty Fiber. This linen yarn has the kind of ‘stiff’ feel to it in the skein that you might expect, though it’s by no means unpleasant. Euroflax is fun to work with, and straight-off the needle, it makes a stiff fabric that seems capable of standing up on its own! Once you’ve blocked it— or even run it through a washing cycle in the machine— however, it feels significantly softer to the touch, and has the kind of drape and flow we’ve been talking about. I’m never going to stop talking about how great that drape and flow is!

Euroflax has beautiful stitch definition. Your purls are defined and bumpy, your stockinette is nice, uniform, and shiny! This fiber has a pleasant sheen to it, which only adds to the fine details and will make your project stand out. You may be surprised to find that most minor irregularities disappear once your finished project is blocked.

Here are some inspiring projects and patterns in Euroflax- just a drop in the ocean of projects people have made with this yarn. As of the last time I checked, there were over 7,600 projects in Euroflax.

Leaf Shadows Vest by Jeri Riggs
As featured on the show, pattern designer Jeri Riggs (Ravelry user knitbird) has some real treasures that look amazing in linen - some of them designed specifically with Euroflax! This free vest pattern has beautiful eyelets in an appealing lace pattern that would look great in any Euroflax color (or any linen, for that matter)! This is just one of Jeri Riggs’ patterns— make sure to browse through her selections because there are many more than we’d be able to talk about here!

Linden Leaf by Michele Bernstein

This delightful scarf pattern has everything you need to show the world why linen is great! It knits up beautifully in both Euroflax and Juniper Farms Zooey (which we will be talking about later! Shh)!

Also take a look at Ravelry user Beraddishing’s take on the scarf, showing off how beautifully Euroflax lends itself to this pattern.

Jordan Sleeveless Pineapple Top by Vicky Chan

This fun crocheted top was designed in Euroflax and looks like a fun summer project.

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Berroco Linen Stone-

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A crispy wholemeal texture which really stands out on its own!

Berroco Linen Stonewash is a chainette linen yarn that “looks like it would go great with jeans!” Jokes aside, this linen is a pleasure to work with both in knitting and crochet. When asked about Berroco Linen Stonewash, Ron had this to say: “It has a crispy wholemeal texture which really stands out on its own, so simple patterns really shine!”

And shine they do! Here’s some stonewashed inspiration I found on Ravelry:

Fine Sand by Heidi Kirrmaier

While this pattern doesn’t specifically call for Berroco Linen Stonewash, its simple but stylish appeal would work up beautifully in Linen Stonewash (and has, but you didn’t hear that from me).

Zezare by Donna Yacino

It’s official! No, really, this crochet pattern is one of Berroco’s official suggestions for Linen Stonewash. This cute little handbag/purse looks like it would make a great gift! Or keep it for yourself!