Linen Knit Stitch Pattern: A Beginner-Friendly Tutorial

Linen Knit Stitch Pattern, by Janice Jones, Published 12-18-2023.

Need something that looks like an intricate woven fabric that is dense, thick and highly textured?  The Linen Knit Stitch might work for you.

The Linen Stitch is a slipped stitch knitting pattern that creates a dense and finely detailed fabric. It resembles woven linen with its tight texture and beautiful drape.

In this comprehensive guide, we will explore the intricacies of the Linen Stitch, its characteristics, and how to knit it. Whether a beginner or an experienced knitter, this stitch will add depth and texture to your projects.

The Linen Knit Stitch pattern still on needles worked on a chunky acrylic yarn

What is a Linen Knit Stitch Pattern?

This stitch is perfect for creating scarves, placemats, washcloths, blankets, and even garments like jackets and bags. The alternating slipped stitches and knits or purls give the fabric a unique look that is both elegant and sturdy.  It is also a great choice if you want to add some color to your work without having to learn Fair Isle or Intarsia.

This stitch is not difficult, but does require some concentration as you can get off track easily.  But, once you get into pattern, this is a great stitch if you need a way to get into a meditative state.

Linen stitch knitted with no.6 super bulky yarn and number 15 needles showing the wrong side.Linen Knit Stitch Pattern (Right Side)

Skill Level

Skill level easy per the Craft Yarn Council

Easy:  It requires slip stitches.

Abbreviations Used

K – knit

P – purl

Wyif – with yarn in front

Wyib – with yarn in back

Sl (sl st) slip (slip stitch)

Sl 1P – Slip one purlwise

RS – right side

WS – wrong side

CO – cast on

* * - Repeat instructions between asterisks for the number of times indicated.

Skills Needed

How to Knit

How to Purl

How to Cast on

How to Bind Off

How to make a slip stitch, purlwise

How to weave in ends

How to block (optional)

Notes About the Linen Knit Stitch Pattern

The Linen Stitch has several characteristics that make it a favorite among knitters:

  • Dense and Sturdy: The Linen Stitch creates a tight and durable fabric, making it ideal for projects requiring structure and longevity.
  • Subtle Texture: The texture of the Linen Stitch is relatively understated, giving the fabric a sophisticated and refined appearance.
  • Worked on an odd number of stitches
  • Requires a two-row repeat
  • Non-Reversible: Unlike some other stitch patterns, the Linen Stitch is not reversible. However, both sides of the fabric are visually appealing, with the wrong side resembling the popular Seed Stitch.
  • Flat and Non-Curling: The Linen Stitch lays flat without curling along the edges or ends, making it an excellent choice for scarves and other accessories.
  • Colorwork Possibilities: Linen Stitch can be combined with colorwork techniques to create stunning patterns and designs. 
  • All instructions are in US terms

Is This Pattern Reversible?

No, both sides look different, but both sides are very dense.

Linen stitch knitted with no.6 super bulky yarn and number 15 needles showing the wrong side.Linen Stitch Right Side
Linen stitch knitting showing wrong side of fabricLinen Stitch Wrong Side

Supplies Needed For This Tutorial

  • Yarn:  For the swatch, I used  Yarn Bee Soft and Sleek Chunky #5 Yarn
  • Knitting Needles
  • Scissors
  • Yarn Needle

Written Directions

Knitting the Linen Stitch Flat

The Linen knit stitch pattern worked with white chunky weight acrylic yarnm wrong side showing.The wrong side of the Linen Knit Stitch pattern resembles the seed stitch.

I have seen this stitch worked in different ways, but all end up looking similar.  To knit the Linen Stitch flat, follow these steps:

Cast on an odd number of stitches. For the purposes of this tutorial, I cast on 23 stitches.

Cast On an Odd Number of Stitches

Row 1 (RS): * K1, Sl1P wyif * K1.

Row 2 (WS): Sl1P wyib, * P1, Sl1P wyib *

Here is a better explanation for these two rows:

Row 1: (Right Side): K1, sl1 wyif (meaning, k1, then, slip one purlwise with yarn in front).

Repeat this pattern until the last stitch, then knit one more stitch.

Row 2 (Wrong Side): Sl1 wyib, p1 (meaning, slip one stitch purlwise with yarn in back. Next, Purl one stitch, slip one stitch purlwise with yarn in back.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2: Continue repeating rows 1 and 2 until your work has reached the desired length. Bind off and Weave in ends.

It's important to note that when slipping stitches, you should always slip them purlwise. This ensures that the stitches are slipped correctly and creates the desired texture.

Knitting the Linen Stitch in the Round

If you prefer to knit the Linen Stitch in the round, follow these instructions:

Cast On: Start by casting on an odd number of stitches and join to knit in the round.
Rnd 1 (RS): *K1, sl1 wyif* K1. 
Rnd 2: *Sl1 wyif, k1* Sl1 wyif.  
Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 until your work has reached the desired length.

Learn How to Read Knitting Stitch

This is a relatively easy pattern to understand using written instructions, however if English is not your language or you would like to know more about reading knitting charts, I have provided a chart for you to study.

The linen knit stitch pattern knitting chartLinen Knit Stitch Knitting Chart

Tips for Making This Stitch

Tips and Tricks for Knitting the Linen Stitch

As with any knitting pattern, there are a few tips and tricks that can help you achieve the best results when knitting the Linen Stitch:

  • Maintain Even Tension: Pay attention to your tension while knitting the Linen Stitch, as it can affect the overall appearance of the fabric. Aim for consistent tension throughout your project.
  • Experiment with Yarn Colors: The Linen Stitch lends itself well to colorwork. Consider using multiple yarn colors and alternate each row to create unique and eye-catching patterns.

Last Words

The Linen Stitch is a versatile and visually appealing pattern that adds depth and texture to your knitting projects. Whether you knit it flat or in the round, the Linen Stitch creates a beautiful fabric that is both durable and elegant. 

So grab your needles and yarn, and start knitting the Linen Stitch today. Discover the joy of creating intricate, textured fabric that impresses everyone who sees your handiwork. Happy knitting!

How to Make the Linen Knit Stitch:  Pin for Future Reference

Linen Knit Stitch Pattern Pin ImageLinen Knit Stitch Pattern Pin Image

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