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 🙂
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CO: Cast on
RS: Right side of the work
“CA”: Color A (red)
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:
Enjoy the video tutorial:
Thank you for watching 🙂
Hugs, and happy knitting,
Carolina – So Woolly