Linen is easy to love. The fiber is cool, breathable and strong. Linen trousers are timeless. Linen shirts, persistently chic. Linen is casual and elegant at the same time. It rumples and relaxes within an hour and that's part of it's charm. Transferring these charms to a knitting yarn has not, as far as I know, been done successfully until now.
Enter Rowan Pure Linen. Actual 100% linen yarn for home knitters. You've guessed that I love this stuff and I admit I wanted to love it. The elegant skein has a slightly soft sheen, a bit hairy, and feels dry and firm in a papery kind of way. While knitting, the mere act of touching the yarn turns it instantly pliable. The word bounce has no place here, but it's still surprisingly easy to knit. Linen yarn has no natural elasticity and unlike wool yarn whose stitches will hug each other and line up like little soldiers, linen will behave nothing like that. The knitted fabric is uneven and open and finishes with that unmistakeable linen matte/sheen look that is unique to linen.
The sweater is simply gorgeous and it's why I knit: I don't think it's possible to purchase a sweater of this quality that will fit me this perfectly. This is going to be one of those yarns I'll rely on for one or two summer knits a year, similar to how I feel about Kidsilk Haze, Felted Tweed and Wool/Cotton for cool weather knits.
The yarn is the star and it's important to find the pattern that will showcase it's special qualities. Use Pure Linen if you want a casual but sophisticated look. Know that the stitches are meant to be uneven and open. Like linen cloth, the knitted fabric will relax with wearing so think of drapey styles and forget about form fitting which rarely works with linen. Play around with needles to see what works best for you; blunt or pointed tip, wood or metal, etc. I preferred the pointed tips found in my smooth wood Knit Picks Caspians. I hope if you use Pure Linen on my recommendation you'll let me know how it works out. I absolutely love it.
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I'm also working steadily on the Martin Storey Afghan and pretty well caught up. The download for week 4, Lace Kisses, is here. Today was so warm, when the neighbors trees shaded my garden, I blocked some squares and set them on top of my tomato cages to dry!
Konrad and I have already started our next sweater together.