With temperatures soaring higher and higher each summer, it only makes sense that the effects of climate change have increased the popularity of linen as a suitable yarn choice for warm weather projects. Linen has been around for almost seven thousand years, spun from fibres collected from the stalk of the flax plant. It has incredible durability and drape, with a lovely patina that just gets better and better over time. Depending on the season, linen can fend off up to twenty percent of its weight in moisture, keeping the wearer dry, cool and comfortable.
Unlike wool, linen has no natural elasticity, so here are a few things to keep in mind when choosing this lovely fibre to work with-
1. Linen has a mind of its own. Choose a style with a very relaxed look, requiring minimal shaping or structure. Open stitches work well, rule out cables and intricate texture detail.
2. Stick with wooden needles, they have a better grip than steel or metal and will make the first-time experience of working with linen all the easier.
3. Take the time to wash and block your tension swatch. This is a yarn that appears springy on the needles yet grows and settles into its finished size only after washing.
4. Be sure to keep point protectors on your needles when leaving your work unattended. Stitches worked in natural linen will quite literally jump off the needles!
5. Most of all, enjoy the process. A linen garment will last a lifetime, the beauty of this yarn is in its suppleness and drape.
NEW from Katia’s Concept Collection, Lincys is a natural linen yarn with a range of nine exquisite shades, each one softened by subtle undertones. Take a peek at these five featured designs in the latest Concept 3 Spring/Summer magazine. Available now at your lys.
The cooling effects of this deep watery turquoise shade are instantaneous. Mesh panels add an airy look and define the front borders while also creating flouncy sleeves on this kimono cardigan. Requires 8-10 balls of Lincys. Col. 309 (shown above).
Cinnamon and spice and everything nice. Keep cool this summer in Katia’s well-vented sleeveless top which is knit sideways and seamed at the centre. Rows of elongated stitchwork make the knitting grow very quickly and let the air in. Requires 4 balls of Lincys. Concept 3 Collection. Col. 300 (shown above).
More than meets the eye at first glance, this summer top is designed with a myriad of intriguing stitch combinations and a halter style neckline that reveals an open back. Requires 6-8 balls. Col. 301 (shown above).
A multi-hued delight, with flecks of rose, blue, green and gold flickering in the sunlight. Designed for beginners, this linen tunic plays up the contrast between basic garter and stockinette stitch to create texture. Requires 5-6 balls of Lincys. Col. 303 (shown above).
True blue, an all-time favorite that captures the essence of summertime. An ideal choice for this lacy jacket, which is simply knit in two mirrored pieces with a seam at the centre back. Requires 8-11 balls of Lincys. Col. 307 (shown above).