Oh, linen stitch, how I love you. I remember first coming across this woven-looking stitch in a knitting-pattern-a-day calender years ago. I was infatuated with this stitch like nothing before. Aside from a few dishcloths, though, I don’t think I ever made anything with it.
Until now. Summer is obviously barreling down on us here. Last week’s rains brought leaves to every tree and new growth everywhere imaginable. I even have sprouts in the vegetable garden! Instead of bracing for those 90 degree days of June and July, I’m daydreaming about cool breezy evenings. To me, nothing beats mid-summer walks at dusk, enjoying the break in the heat and the sun.
With these cool periods in mind I made this shawlette. The stitch is actually half linen stitch, meaning every other row is plain stockinette. This combined with the larger needles in relation to the yarn weight creates a nice open fabric perfect for allowing maximum breathability while being just warm enough to shake off a light chill.
Instructions are given for the smallest size (shown in the photo). Feel free to keep on adding length if you like something a little larger or more drapey.