How to knit the Two-Color Half Linen stitch pattern
Knitting stitch patterns

How to knit the Half Linen stitch pattern (4 rows only!)

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to knit the Half Linen stitch (known as the Woven stitch when knitted in one color).

It’s fun to knit, and it’s a four-row repeat pattern, two of which are plain purl rows.

The other techniques required are the knit stitch, and the slipped stitch, nothing that we haven’t practiced before 😉

In addition, I love that it’s similar to the Fair Isle (Jacquard) technique, but it’s much easier, and by combining red and white, you’ll get a pretty Christmas look!

This is why it can be used for hats, cushions, placemats, table runners, and even sweaters or cardigans.

Before I continue, let me share a couple of suggestions for an optimum result:

Firstly, use two colors of the same yarn weight, and quality/brand when possible (wool yarn, Alpaca, Cashmere, and its blends work better for this kind of pattern).

Secondly, don’t forget to block your project once it’s finished (if it’s a sweater, block every piece before sewing it up).

As I always mention, the blocking process helps the fibers to relax, so you’ll end up with a smooth fabric.

Last but not least, I’d say that both sides look pretty, so if you want to knit a scarf, for example, there’s no problem!

Without further ado, grab your needles and some yarn, and let’s knit together 🙂

This swatch was made out of 100% superwash wool yarn  #ad

How to knit the Two-Color Half Linen stitch a four-row repeat pattern. So Woolly.

With my US 7 / 4.5 mm bamboo needles (this set includes the most used sizes) #ad

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CO: Cast on

st: Stitch

RS: Right side of the work

“CA”: Color A (red)

K: Knit

sl1pw: Slip one stitch as if to purl (purlwise)

wyif: With yarn in front

“CB”: Color B (off-white)

wyib: With yarn in back

BO: Bind off

WS: Wrong side of the work


The odd rows form the right side of the work.

We’ll start with a setup row or row “0” (it will be made once, and won’t be repeated again).

How to knit the Half Linen stitch

CO an odd number of st.

Setup row: With “CA”, P across

1º row (RS): With “CB” K1, *wyib K1, wyif sl1pw*. Repeat from * to *, to last 2 st, K2

2º row (RS): With “CB”, P across

3º row: With “CA”, K1, *wyif sl1pw, wyib K1*.  Repeat from * to *, to end

4º row: With “CB” P across.

These last four rows create the pattern. Repeat them until the desired length is reached.

When finished, BO purlwise after row 3 (WS).

This is the other side of the work:

How to knit the Two-Color Half Linen stitch (wrong side of the work). So Woolly.

Enjoy the video tutorial:

How to knit the Half Linen stitch

Thank you for watching 🙂

Hugs, and happy knitting,

Carolina – So Woolly

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