~Ever since Curls and I saw the Linen Stitch Scarf by Churchmouse, I’ve wanted to try the stitch. Finished Object Friday: Linen Scarf and Pretti-Cozy by Curls shows the wonderful scarf she made using the stitch. I have found the stitch does have other names. Anyway. When browsing yarns for my b-i-l’s Canadian Hat, I saw a scrumptiously colored yarn Boboli by Berroco knew it would be perfect for knitting a Linen-Stitch Cowl for my s-i-l. I did not want to make a long scarf, so I decided a cowl would fit the bill. This was the knitting project I brought to Montreal. When we were out and about driving in the beautiful country-side, I was assigned the job of navigator and missed a couple of turns because I was so busy knitting. Oops. I’m usually an awesome navigator and have a wonderful sense of direction, my reputation is now suffering.
Linen Stitch Cowl
US 8 circular – I used a 16 inch, this pattern is knit in the round. You could use double points if you like them better.
Yarn: Worsted weight, 200 yards
1 stitch marker
wyif = with yarn held in front
Cast On: 120 stitches, I always use the Old Norwegian Cast on method which gives the edge a bit of a stretch.
Join the row, making sure not to twist stitches at join. Place marker before the first stitch.
Knit for three rows then start the pattern:
Repeat this pattern until cowl is 8″ wide:
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: *P1, sl1 wyif*
Row 3: Knit
Row 4: *Sl1 wyif, P1*
After the width is 8″ end with: Knit 3 rows and bind off.
For binding off I always use Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretch Bind-off.
Finishing: weave in ends.
This cowl could also be folded up and “pinned” giving a more “formal” look.