Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Knit the Half-Linen Stitch or Slipstitch Tweed Stitch


The Slipstitch Tweed or "half linen stitch" is comprised of slipped stitches on the right side and purl stitches on the wrong side of the fabric.  I could see using this stitch to make light sweaters or cardigans as well as scarves.  What I really like about this stitch is 1) it is an easy 4 row repeat that once you've knitted a couple repeats you can do it without thinking and 2) It is really cool looking!  I love slipstitch patterns because they are easy and the slipped stitches usually create some really neat looking fabric.

Abbreviations
co: cast-on
st(s): stitch(es)
k: knit
p: purl
sl 1 wyif: slip 1 stitch with yarn in front


CO an even number of stitches.  For my swatch I co 16 sts.

Row 1: *k1, sl 1 wyif; rep from * to end of row

Row 2: Purl all sts

Row 3: *sl 1 wyif, k1; rep from * to end of row

Row 4: Purl all sts

Repeat rows 1-4 until desired length.  The below swatch is worked over 4 repeats.  I love this and it worked up beautifully in Lion Brand yarns Amazing.  I've loved it so much that I've continued knitting this and I'm planning on turning it into either a headband or a bookmark.  I'll post the pattern once I finish it.