Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Creative Linen: one, two, three, four.

Creative Linen is one of the newest yarns from Rowan. It's a light worsted weight blend of 50% cotton and 50% linen that comes in twenty colors; and yes, we do have all of them.

The blend and the weight make this yarn a lovely three-season choice for our climate. One of the nice things about knitting summer-weight pieces from a light worsted yarn is that you won't need many skeins, especially when they come with 219 yards. Today, we have three projects to share - taking one, two and three to four skeins each. Better yet, all the patterns are free on Ravelry!

First, a single skein cowl Gossypium
copyright Jenn Kinzel
We love this in a neutral to layer over white or black and it looks great with blue denim, too.
size 9 needle; 6" high and 33" long knit as written
suggested modifications: cast on an additional 36 stitches to add about 9" in length (and use up more of that single skein)

Next, a two-skein cowl Casu . This one also looks great in two colors.
copyright Galia Lael
size 8-9 needle; 9" high and 45" long as written
suggested modifications: none!

And finally... a sweater. Yes, even for the summer. Gemini is written for a cotton/linen yarn and the lace detail at the neck will allow plenty of circulation...even on a hot day. One of my favorite things about the design (of course it's seamless...that's a given, right?!) is that it's reversible.
copyright Jane Richmond
We chose a not-quite-navy blue for this one - perfect to pair with white, black or khaki.
size 5-6 needle (gauge matters to ensure fit - check it before you start!)
the pattern suggests up to 4 inches of negative ease (i.e., the finished bust measurement of the sweater could be up to 4 inches less than your bust measurement). the Small (30.5") size takes 2-3 skeins, and the Medium (34.25") and Large (38.5") take just 3-4 skeins.

Have we convinced you to try the yarn? We'd love to help you choose a project and a color!