Posted by: GourmetGirl | May 20, 2014

Hooked on Linen Yarn

Several years ago at a knitting convention, I sat by a woman who had the most wonderful feeling shawl.

It was incredibly soft. And more to my surprise it was knitted out of linen yarn.

Of course, I ran to the nearest vendor that had linen and bought some!

Linen to the touch is stiff and corse feeling. You can feel the fibers softening as you knit. It still is stiff when you are finished. But, when you wash it and block it your piece softens.

You wear it, it softens a bit more. You wash it and block it – again is softens. Do you see where I am going?

Safari shown at the left is much more stiff looking than it is now. And I have not washed this more than 5 or 6 times.

So, of course, I bought some more linen yarn! It is in my stash for a shawl – I have the shawl half designed – it’s still is in the wings waiting.

Of course, I bought some more. It is in my stash for a bag – I have the bag half designed. (Yes, I have many designs at all different stages of development!)

Then, of course, AGAIN I bought some more linen yarn for a summer tank that has cables and lace. Tampa Nights it is one of my favorites to wear. I have a skien in a multicolor that has the tangerine in it. I keep thinking of making a shawl or jacket to wear with it. (Yes, I need to buy MORE linen yarn!)

I love Tampa Nights! This tank is soft, flowing and cool to wear – even though it took a few washing to get it there.20130501_085725

Linen is tough and durable and over time becomes incredibly soft. It is a good choice for summer knitting – but don’t let it fool you – it is great to wear all year round!

I am hooked on Linen Yarn. It is what I keep my eye out for at Yarn Shops.

Natural fibers are the best way to go when it comes to yarn. Combined with classic pattern choices you can wear your knitted items for years to come.

Let linen  join your ranks of must knit yarn!

Happy Knitting,






  1. Aw, this was an exceptionally nice post. Taking a few minutes and
    actual effort to produce a good article… but what can I say… I procrastinate a lot and don’t seem
    to get nearly anything done.

    • Thank you. I am glad someone appreciates my effort to have posts with content! 🙂

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