I have just finished making a light summer top out of our 100% linen 4-ply yarn (Pale Slate)
This project took 3 x 100g hanks.
Knit on 3.75mm needles for a lighter, more airy stitch, it is closer to sport weight/5-ply yarn in gauge.
Linen is quite versatile in hand-knitting in that you can easily change the way your stitches look by changing the needle thickness. You have more scope with gauge than with some other yarns.
The appearance of stitches before washing is quite bumpy and irregular, as in this photo of the work in progress.
Once washed, the stitches relax and take on a much neater, more regular appearance, as you can see in this close-up below of the same piece.
People are sometimes afraid of knitting with a certain fibre because they think it will shrink or stretch. Once linen has relaxed after its first wash, it doesn't shrink or stretch, if looked after properly. However, you do have to bear in mind when knitting a garment that you could gain a little in length and lose a little in width (around 5%) once the fibres have relaxed with their initial wash.
The Pale Slate colour way is pale grey with hints of lilac. The plain stitch enhances the flecks of colour.
The linen has a lovely drape and although I only knit 2 rows of garter stitch along the bottom edge, it doesn't roll up and the raw neck line doesn't roll either.
You can also see this project on Ravelry.
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