Linen stitch brings a gorgeously textured feel to garments and accessories. It’s great to knit in one solid colour or can be used to knit together two and even three different colours to create amazing texture and patterns! 

What is linen stitch? 

Linen stitch combines knit stitch, purl stitch and slipped stitches to create a beautiful woven look. It's similar to moss stitch, but with the extra step of slipping stitches! Unlike stocking stitch (or stockinette) it doesn’t curl up at the edges, making it great for washcloths, scarves and cowls.

Pick up the basics ready for linen stitch!

  • How to knit a row

    How to knit a row

  • How to purl stitch

    How to purl stitch

How to linen stitch, step by step

1

Cast on an even number of stitches.

2

Row 1 (right side): knit 1, slip 1 with the yarn in front. Repeat this to the end of the row

3

Row 2 (wrong side): Purl 1, slip 1 with the yarn behind. Repeat this to the end of the row.

4

Repeat rows 1 and 2.

Practice your new skill with these fab linen stitch patterns

  • Linen Stitch Scarf in Classic Elite Yarns Liberty Wool Solids - Downloadable PDF

    Linen Stitch Scarf in Classic Elite Yarns Liberty Wool Solids - Downloadable PDF

  • The Noma Cowl

    The Noma Cowl

    Downloadable PDF

  • Half-Linen Stitch Knit Blanket with Faux Fur Trim

    Half-Linen Stitch Knit Blanket with Faux Fur Trim

    Downloadable PDF