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How to Knit Linen Stitch

Because linen stitch is so simple, it's become one of the most universal knitting stitches. It's also a great way to practice making the slip stitch.

How to Knit Linen Stitch
How to Knit Linen Stitch
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The linen stitch is a super fun knitting pattern that creates a gorgeous dense fabric! Right after stockinette and garter stitch, the linen stitch is probably one of the first stitches you'll learn to knit. You can recognize this stitch because the slip stitches make the finished fabric almost look woven.

This particular knitting stitch requires a combination of purl, knit, and slip stitches to create the pretty pattern. If you've never done a slip stitch before, never fear; it's so easy to do, and the video above makes it a piece of cake to recreate. The linen stitch can also be used for a number of different projects that you can test out in the future, and will always create a pretty woven pattern!

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Materials List

  • Yarn
  • Knitting Needles

Instructions

  1. Cast on any even number of stitches.

  2. Row 1: (RS) Knit 1, bring your yarn to the front and slip the next stitch purlwise with no yarn over. Return the yarn to the back and repeat the knit 1, slip 1 purlwise with yarn in front until you've reached the end of your row.

  3. Row 2: (WS) Bring the yarn to the front and purl 1. Bring the yarn to the back and slip the next stitch purlwise without working it or making a yarn over. Repeat the purl 1, slip 1 purlwise with yarn in back until you've reached the end of the row.

  4. Repeat rows 1 and 2 until you've reached the end of your pattern.

    Bind off and weave in your ends.

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