This fall, Classic Elite sponsored two Colorful KAL’s, one in linen stitch, and one in stranded work. I always like to play along and, since I never do stranding or fair isle if I can help it, I joined the linen stitch scarf KAL. (The free pattern is called Liberty Wool Linen Stitch Scarf, designed by Susan Mills.) The KAL was a blast and I am finished, although I must admit that a certain amount of fudging and cheating was involved. And so, even though I failed the colorful linen stitch KAL, I thought I would share my journey with you.
When I joined this KAL, I truly intended to make a small linen stitch cowl, suitable to gift one of my granddaughters this holiday. 6 skeins, or 3 each of two colors, would be a scarf, 8 in. by 72 in. My granddaughters are not very big. 2 each of two colors would finish into a scarf, 8 in. by 60 in. That’s still kind of big, so I decided to get 2 skeins of Liberty Wool, in 2 contrasting colors, figuring that a piece 8 in. by 30 in. would make a very nice cowl. I looked at the pattern picture some more, and concluded that an 8 inch tall cowl would be too big for a small person (my four granddaughters range in age from 3 to 10), so I cut the cast on stitches down to 37, and started linen stitching away.
Very quickly into the project (about 1 1/2 inches!) it was forcibly brought to my remembrance that (1) I don’t like to knit linen stitch and (2) even love for my granddaughters would never compel me to finish this project. 4 inches into the project, I realized that (1) I *hate* linen stitch and (2) I was ready to consign the project to a dark closet somewhere. And so it continued, inch by inch, until I had 9 inches of a linen stitch cowl, which I hated and didn’t want to finish. I was 10 days into the KAL.
That afternoon was a Saturday, and one of my daughters asked me to take her to the library. I took the KAL piece along and stared at it with loathing, front and back. It was then that I noticed by chance how much the back side of linen stitch looked like seed stitch. And so, I started knitting seed stitch:
Well, after a couple of inches of that, (and it grew so quickly!!), I remembered how, when my youngest daughter was learning to knit, sometimes her seed stitch would shift sideways into a 1×1 rib, and I knit some ribbing. Then I thought of how a chart for ribbing, turned 90 degrees, is a chart for garter stitch, and I did some garter stitch:
Linen stitch is a slip stitch pattern, with the yarn floats in front. Mosaic stitch is a slip stitch pattern, with yarn floats in back. So I made two different mosaic stitch patterns:
And some moss stitch:
And some eyelet variations:
By then in was Sunday afternoon, and I was getting close to the end of my 2 contrasting skeins of yarn, so I reverted to linen stitch (which went much, much faster this time around, thank you very much!), so the two ends would be the same width, to make it easier to join together into a cowl.
And so, it is finished. 10 days for 9 inches of linen stitch, 1 day for an engaging stitch sampler. I plan to block it L–O–N–G, to straighten out the edges (the ribbing will need to be pinned side-to-side, even so):
and then we will see what it really wants to be, cowl or scarf, holiday gift or not.
BTW, I love the yarn, Classic Elite’s Liberty Wool, in 2 colorways, worked in alternating 2 row stripes throughout.
And thus we see, I have failed the KAL. But I had an awful lot of fun while I was doing it!