I think Linen Stitch does not get the attention it deserves.
You rarely hear about it, really.
Need a refresher? Check out this quick video.
Or refer to these beautifully written instructions:
Since I'm a big fan of knitting for the home, I'm always interested in patterns that feature simple, sturdy stitches such as Moss Stitch, simple Garter... and Linen Stitch. I do love lace designs, but more for cowls and shawls. That's just me.
I'm a very big fan of how Linen Stitch mimics a woven fabric. Without the loom. I'd love to learn how to weave, but I'm intimidated. For now, Linen Stitch does the trick. Bonus: It looks like Moss Stitch on the "wrong" side. So there really is no "wrong" side.
It's deliciously dense and durable, and it lies perfectly flat. Ideal for kitchen items such as placemats, table runners and coasters. Not to mention pot holders.
And it's only a 2-row repeat involving slipped stitches plus knit and purl stitches. Super easy. Just keep track of where you are... I talk to myself on repeat: Knit one, slip one, knit one, slip one, knit one...
I'm making some coasters as a starter project, but I'm dreaming of a scarf - it would be really lovely in this stitch! Very handsome, in my opinion.
Do you have any Linen Stitch projects? Please share with us!