15th CK: Linen Stitch Bookmarks

 Another Great way to use up Scrap Yarn 

This Christmas I decided to start the task of finishing up projects that I’d started far too long ago to remember dates. There are many projects and I’m sure this will turn into a New Years Resolution, and unlike many people who avoid NYR at all costs. I don’t because whether I finish them or not I still make a dent in any resolution I embark on. This years resolution will be enjoyable and of course I received more yarn for a Christmas present. I don’t think of resolution as a unpleasant task. Instead of writing a list of tasks that have to be done this year, I write a list of things I have done. Do you see the difference. I learned this little trick from a friend of mine at a mothers group I have attended for many year now, and I’ve used it ever since. In fact these women helped me with my little Café Knitting business.

Early start on Handmade Christmas Projects

Because I’ve been a crafty person from a young age and have spent many a long night finishing up presents before Christmas morning. I decided that these little fellas would be great gifts to all the avid readers in my family, now the only problem will be keeping it a secret.

The Linen Stitch

This is a wonderful stitch to learn and incorporate into any project. About 5 years ago I started a project called the Mania scarf/wrap. Basically I cast on 600 stitches and you can go as many rows as you’d like, I suspect about 4 feet wide. I used fingering weight yarn and 3.5 mm circular needles and as you can imagine it was an epic project. Well I got bogged down with a mistake right in the middle at st. 300 and I’d gone a couple of rows before I saw my blunder. Well as you can imagine being a perfectionist can be a good thing or just plain bothersome. That being said I wasn’t going to unravel my work or go back at least 1000+ stitches so I did the most sensible thing and I shoved it to the bottom of my knitting basket for later consideration.  Now coming back to this year, I’ve made the NYR of finishing or making a dent in knitting projects. Knitting these linen bookmarks have encouraged me to dig out the mania scarf and once again start knitting. I will not be bothering with fixing my blunder and instead will just start the next row off correctly because in the long haul of life this little mistake will not affect the course of my journey and I’ll just have get over my perfectionist self and knit on. 

Here is how I knitted these Bookmarks up:  2 Row  Repeat

  • C/O 11 stitches and I used the cable cast.
  • Row 1 (RS): K1, *wyif slip stitch purl-wise, K1; repeat from (*) and making sure your last stitch is a knit. 
  • Row 2 (WS): K1, P1, *wyib slip stitch purl-wise, P1; repeat from (*) and knit last stitch.
  • Work these 2 rows for desired length, or about 7 inches.
  • Bind Off.
  • Break yarn, tie off, weave in ends, block and start reading.
  • Needles & Yarn: 3.75 mm DP needles, and fingering weight yarn.
  • Gauge: Not really important.

The linen Look

This stitch is basically a stockinette stitch with wraps on the front of your work creating the illusion of linen. The wrap is always on the right side as you can see all the little bars going across the rows.

NOTE: what is WYIF (with yarn in front) & WYIB (with yarn in back).

Working the (wyif) on RS – before you slip the stitch purl-wise you bring the yarn towards you (wyif) then slip the stitch, then you’ll put the yarn back to knit next st.

Working the (wyib) on WS – before you slip the stitch purl-wise you will put yarn to the back – away from you (wyib), slip stitch, then bring yarn to back to the front to purl next stitch. Because you start the (wyif & wyib) at different spots on RS and WS it off sets the bars on the RS of your work creating a linen look. I hope this explanation will help you whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned knitter.

Question: What stitch has been the most difficult for you to get your head wrapped around? Mine has been the linen stitch, and knitting these bookmarks have helped a lot.

Most Recent Bookmark finished

These little guys are a bit addictive, and don’t they just brighten up a book. I’m even looking at unfinished projects wondering would I have enough left over yarn to whip a bookmark.

Keep Calm and Knit On

Thank you, I always enjoy sharing my knitting with all of you, until the next project.

Happy New Year Knitting

Jennifer

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