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May 23, 2013 13:09:30   #
Hazel Blumberg - McKee (a regular here)
 
Any tips for knitting with yarn that's all linen? I have some Euroflax linen that I'm thinking of knitting a top with. Do I knit more tightly than I normally do? Will linen get out of shape if I knit loosely? Any other tips would be greatly appreciated.

Hazel
 
May 23, 2013 13:15:43   #
babysnapdragon
 
Hi Hazel.
I am not familiar with Euroflax linen but I have knitted with linen before. As long as your pattern is for linen go by what they suggest having worked your swatch. If your pattern is not specifically for linen then work using needles that best match the thickness of the yarn.

When I worked mine it felt quite stiff but once washed it went beautifully soft. Do remember that there is no elasticity in it so will not produce a snug fit. It is very like silk in that respect and will just hang loosely. If you want it to have the elasticity of wool types then you will nedd to run another thread of that type with it.

Good luck and hope you create what you have in mind.
Sue
May 23, 2013 13:17:46   #
ggknit
 
Hazel, today I was looking at my yarn stash and found some euro flax yarn. Do you have a pattern using that yarn? I did make a shawl quite a while ago with it. I would rather make a shell or a sweater. You can PM me.
Thanks
May 23, 2013 13:18:33   #
AnjiCat
 
I'll be watching too, just got some 80% linen 20% merino but you can't feel the wool so I'm hoping to pick up some hints :D

I've got as far as doing a tiny 2 1/2" swatch which has come out ok, the stitches seem quite stable but it could be that discreet wool making the difference

What gauge is your yarn? Mine's 500m per 50g with 12 rows and 8 stitches per inch on 2.5mm needles
May 23, 2013 13:35:15   #
linzers
 
Hi Hazel, I am almost finished with the Macey Stole which uses the Euroflax. (look on Ravelry) While it is beautiful, I have not appreciated working with it. B/c it seems to have a mind of it's own, I have pulled tighter than I normally would have. 26 pattern repeats was supposed to yield 63 inches. I have completed 31 repeats and have about 42 inches. Luckily I did buy an extra skein. I emailed Louet for technical assistance as directed on the pattern. I was answered immediately, but unfortunately, they could not give me an idea how much this might "grow" when washed and dried as directed. She was nice enough to try to guess with me how to deal with this. I started a thread re: this about a month ago and found some people who love this yarn. I am hoping I will fall in love after the wash and dry, but right now, I keep checking my index finger tips for calluses from it. I wrote in that previous thread that I can see it being used to truss a turkey for the oven, tether the dog, and secure the shutters b/f the next hurricane. All that being said, my daughter has asked for this stole and watches my progress with it. Please let us know how you do with your project.
Now that I've said all this, look on Ravelry at the Ilene Bag (free download). It uses one skein of Euroflax. It is definitely in my future...also great gift item.
May 23, 2013 14:14:22   #
Hazel Blumberg - McKee (a regular here)
 
knitter107 wrote:
Hazel, today I was looking at my yarn stash and found some euro flax yarn. Do you have a pattern using that yarn? I did make a shawl quite a while ago with it. I would rather make a shell or a sweater. You can PM me.
Thanks


No, unfortunately I don't have a pattern. I was going to invent a pattern for the yarn; I've got several different colors, so I was planning on making a striped top. I'd love to knit a side-to-side top (starting at the sleeve, increasing for the body, then decreasing for the second sleeve), but I don't know if linen would be a good yarn for this.

Of course, I still have a top on the needles (75% cotton, 25% acrylic) that I've told myself I MUST finish before I start any other projects. ;-)

Hazel
 
May 23, 2013 14:47:01   #
Gonnago2obx
 
Hello Hazel,
I just purchased Euroflax in fingering weight in hopes of making a summer top. I have never made anything with wet spun linen before. The owner at my LYS told me that it softens up and is very durable when washed. She also told me to wash and dry my swatch before measuring. In my search of patterns I ended up purchasing a pattern especially made for that yarn at louet.com. I paid $7 for my pattern which is a bit steep but I have never worked with this yarn so I wanted it to turn out the best it could. The website claims that special knitting techniques are necessary so that the yarn will hold its shape. I guess we will see how it goes.
Lauri
May 24, 2013 10:06:12   #
ElyseKnox
 
Hazel Blumberg wrote:
Any tips for knitting with yarn that's all linen? I have some Euroflax linen that I'm thinking of knitting a top with. Do I knit more tightly than I normally do? Will linen get out of shape if I knit loosely? Any other tips would be greatly appreciated.

Hazel


Hazel, I did knit a summer top in linen yarn--Lino by Katia. My experience with that linen yarn was that it didn't get out of shape any more than any other yarn. It was a little "splitty" to work with, especially when I first started but I got used to it and knitted right along with it with no particular problems. I knit with the same tension as I do with any other yarn.

Here is a photo of the top. If you have any questions for me you can post them here or pm me.
Katia Lino (100% Linen)
Katia Lino (100% Linen)...
May 24, 2013 10:27:55   #
linzers
 
ElyseKnox wrote:
Hazel, I did knit a summer top in linen yarn--Lino by Katia. My experience with that linen yarn was that it didn't get out of shape any more than any other yarn. It was a little "splitty" to work with, especially when I first started but I got used to it and knitted right along with it with no particular problems. I knit with the same tension as I do with any other yarn.

Here is a photo of the top. If you have any questions for me you can post them here or pm me.


Beautiful work. It fits perfectly and looks lovely. So very, very flattering!
May 24, 2013 10:32:24   #
Hazel Blumberg - McKee (a regular here)
 
ElyseKnox wrote:
Hazel, I did knit a summer top in linen yarn--Lino by Katia. My experience with that linen yarn was that it didn't get out of shape any more than any other yarn. It was a little "splitty" to work with, especially when I first started but I got used to it and knitted right along with it with no particular problems. I knit with the same tension as I do with any other yarn.

Here is a photo of the top. If you have any questions for me you can post them here or pm me.


What an absolutely beautiful top! And it looks great on you!

Hazel
May 24, 2013 11:14:10   #
ElyseKnox
 
Thanks for the comments. I had one PM requesting the pattern. It is a Ravelry download:
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/-xia-summer
 
May 24, 2013 11:27:05   #
donnaparrone
 
ElyseKnox wrote:
Hazel, I did knit a summer top in linen yarn--Lino by Katia. My experience with that linen yarn was that it didn't get out of shape any more than any other yarn. It was a little "splitty" to work with, especially when I first started but I got used to it and knitted right along with it with no particular problems. I knit with the same tension as I do with any other yarn.

Here is a photo of the top. If you have any questions for me you can post them here or pm me.


ooo, lovely!
May 24, 2013 14:32:48   #
PauletteB (a regular here)
 
I have some of the 100% linen, the Euroflax yarn. I have not done anything with it because it feels rough. I am thinking it might soften once it is washed.
May 24, 2013 14:35:47   #
Hazel Blumberg - McKee (a regular here)
 
PauletteB wrote:
I have some of the 100% linen, the Euroflax yarn. I have not done anything with it because it feels rough. I am thinking it might soften once it is washed.


From what I've heard about linen, it DOES soften up the more you wash it.

Hazel
May 24, 2013 14:43:37   #
linzers
 
PauletteB wrote:
I have some of the 100% linen, the Euroflax yarn. I have not done anything with it because it feels rough. I am thinking it might soften once it is washed.


That's what they say. The sample in the LYS was extremely inviting. Will let you know. I have completed about 2/3 of the Macey stole. It's pretty, but becoming boring and tedious. I put it down yesterday to make a quick market bag out of a soft cotton. I'm needing some instant gratification.
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