Yarns of Summer – Shibui Linen

Have you ever wondered what the perfect yarn for a summer project is?  Sure, you know how to pick your favorite wool or alpaca in the fall and winter months, but do you think all the cotton & linen you’ve seen is the same?  Well, there is still time to crank out a fun summer knit, and you might be surprised to see how well it transitions into the fall.  For the next couple of weeks, I’m going to profile a few of our great summer yarns at Stitch Space!

First up, we have Shibui Knits Linen.  Just look at all those gorgeous colors:

Colors Available at Stitch Space

Shibui Knits Linen is a little different from some yarns you may have seen because of its chainette construction.  This means that the yarn is not made with traditional spinning techniques, but instead made out of a very fine knitted chain.  Because of this difference, the yarn is easier on your hands when knitting than a traditionally spun linen, and also has this extra-light, airy quality. This also means they can make a very fine gauge yarn, in this case a fingering weight.

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You can see in these close-ups the difference in the yarn texture.  Linen is often a little crunchy or stiff to start with, but it will soften and relax with each and every wash and wear.Shibui_Linen_Yarn-3

So what do you make with a linen yarn like this one???

I just got finished with the Mix No. 15 tank below from the Shibui Knits pattern line.  They often “Mix” two yarns to get different effects in the knitting.  For this one, it called for two strands of linen, and I decided to get crazy and use two different colors, Poppy & Suit. 😉A Shibui Linen Tank

They have some great patterns, including the Mix No. 13 sweater, that will be a giveaway kit at our Shibui Mix Party happening August 2nd.  (Have you signed up?!?!?  Only a couple of spots left!)  This sweater would transition great from those cool late summer nights, right into layering for the fall!

I’d also love to see a Color Affection shawl made up in this yarn.  Beautiful!

So, what are you waiting for?  Come on over to Stitch Space to get a summer project on your needles!  Stay tuned for our next “Yarns of Summer” feature on Wednesday.

See you at Stitch Night Tuesday from 6-8!

-Sasha

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