Store Samples: Focus on Linen April 18, 2012 – Posted in: Project Ideas, Store Samples

We’re huge fans of linen for summer knitting and have three new projects to share with you this week featuring two of our favourite 100% linen yarns.

Margot

Margot, by Linden Down, was published in Knitty in 2009. The look of this sweater is classic and simple and the boatneck, combined with three-quarter-length sleeves and subtle waist shaping make it a flattering style for many body types.  In order to create a summer version of the original design, we opted for Euroflax linen instead of merino, and added length to create more of a tunic style with a slight A-line. The top-down construction of this sweater makes it an easy, relaxing knit and has the added bonus of allowing you to try it on as you go to ensure the right fit and desired length.  While we decided to knit stripes, this sweater would be casually sleek in a single colour or even using one colour for the main body and sleeves with a contrasting colour for the collar, cuffs, and bottom edge. Lots of great summery Euroflax shades now in stock. Note – this is a free pattern accessible on the Knitty website (see link above).

The Wrapigan

The Wrapigan by Emma Fassio boasts a stunningly straightforward construction which, when knit using Drops Lin, results in a beautifully elegant summer wrap / jacket perfect for throwing over just about everything. Worked from side to side, this is essentially a rectangle with two arm holes created as you go. When the rectangle is completed, the stitches are picked up around each opening and the sleeves are then knitted in the round.  The only modification we made to the original design was to knit three-quarter rather than full-length sleeves. All Drops Lin colours currently in stock. Pattern available in store.

Gretel

Gretel, by Julie Weisenberger of cocoknits Gretel is a seamless, A-line tank with a flattering cowl neck. We knit this one up last summer and decided to use Euroflax for a little less transparency than the original design. This is a quick project with lots of possibilities – we’ve seen it worn over a tank or t-shirt or under a summer jacket / blazer (pictured above under the Wrapigan). Add a big chunky necklace for added flair! Pattern available in store.

– Melissa