Now normally I don’t go for Knitscene as the designs are more for the younger generation but this time my interest was piqued at what might be inside after seeing “Linen: Summer’s Other Favorite Yarn” on the front cover.
I was happy to find out there is quite a variety of companies that are creating linen and linen blend yarns in an array of colors, textures and weights.
- Classic Elite Yarns Bella Lino is a scrumptious blend of 58% linen, 26% vicose and 16% cotton that comes in skeins of 164 yards (150m) and offers a long color repeat to form stripes. I recently purchased enough of this particular yarn to make a summery garment from their new collection called Oceanside.
- Habu Textiles XS-55 is a gorgeous 100% linen in skeins of 370 yards. This particular yarn is a two-ply lace weight that has a crisp texture.
- Anzula Breeze is a lovely blend of 65% silk and 35% linen that comes in skeins of 750 yards (685m). This two-ply lace weight would make lovely summer garments and accessories.
- Juniper Moon Farms Zooey is a blend of 60% cotton and 40% linen that comes in skeins of 284 yards (260m). This DK weight eight-ply would be perfect for light weight tanks and cardigans.
- Americo Original Linen Cordon is a blend of 66% linen, 29% pima cotton, and 5% silk that comes in skeins of 634 yards (580m) that is a two-ply lace weight.
- Universal Yarn introduced their new line called Fibra Natura Good Earth, a blend of 53% cotton and 47% linen that comes in skeins of 204 yards (187m) that is a worsted weight yarn, perfect for garments. This particular yarn is available in three types called Adorn, Multi and Solids. Don’t forget their Flax, a 100% linen that truly changes in your hands as you knit with it!
- Hikoo Rylie is a super soft, super delicious blend of 50% baby alpaca, 25% mulberry silk and 25% linen that comes in skeins of 274 yards (251 m). Dyed in soft pastels, beachy brights and glowing neutrals, this sport weight yarn is perfect for garments and accessories.
I have already mentioned Rowan’s newest yarn, Pure Linen, and still say it’s a great yarn to knit with and it really shows stitch definition quite well! I did a modified version of Lisa Richardson’s design that used both Pure Linen and Silkystones. You see more on my project page on Ravelry.
Not only will you find lovely designs in the new issue of Knitscene, but also Knit Style, and I can tell you that I absolutely love Laura Zukaite’s design called Cool Running, as well as a few other designs in this issue!
You can also find designs online at Ravelry that use Linen, Linen blends, Cottons and more, all new for spring and summer. For me, I am personally excited to see linen in the designs for this year. I love linen, as well as many other natural fibers. It’s a wonderful renewable source that has endless possibilities. I also recommend that if you do by the latest issue of Knitscene, be sure to read the article by Caitlin ffrench entitled “Grow Your Own Yarn” that discusses growing, harvesting, preparing and turning flax into linen yarn.
Until next time, happy knitting, crocheting, spinning and crafting!