The Ultimate Summer Sweater Yarn

The Ultimate Summer Sweater Yarn

The Ultimate Summer Sweater Yarn

From time to time I'll work a fiber I'm not familiar with to get a sense of how it performs.  If it performs for me, it will perform for you and that's the idea. Made in Italy, this yarn is supplied from Erika Knight a well known UK designer and fiber artist. It's Erika Knight Studio Linen and here's my full review of the ultimate summer sweater yarn.

Studio Linen: A linen blend yarn with lovely stitch definition, silken feel, and subtle sheen

Studio Linen: A linen blend yarn with lovely stitch definition, silken feel, and subtle sheen

Studio Linen Yarn


Studio Linen is dk weight with a tightly spun construction. This linen blend yarn is comprised of 25% recycled linen and 85% viscose. I consider this a natural fiber blend.  It's a linen without the drawbacks of 100% linen in subdued elegant colors.  This yarn just glides through your fingers and has a silken feel and subtle sheen.  


Yarn Specifications

  • Fiber Content: 85% Recycled Rayon Linen, 15% Premium Linen
  • Yarn Weight: 50 gram hank
  • Yardage/Ball: approx. 131 yards
  • Gauge: 21-22 sts to 4" on US 5-6 needles, dk weight yarn
  • Care: Hand wash, lay flat to dry

Knitability
 

As you can see from the image above, Studio Linen produces knitted fabric with softness, fluid drape, and well defined stitches.  Although this yarn as a viscose/linen blend will have no give, the softness of the viscose allows for consistent stitch gauge.  

The thickness of the yarn is uniform so you won't have the gauge issues that thick and thin yarn may cause. The stitch definition qualities will also produce pleasing results whether working stockinette or intricate bobbles and cables.


Challenges


Although tightly spun, it is possible to split the yarn.  Counter this by working with a slightly rounded knitting needle tip.  

The only other challenge you may find is, as is common with most inelastic fibers, it is difficult to create a firm and consistent first stitch on the row. This can be easily resolved with working a few stitches as selvedge stitches.


Final Thoughts
 

Erika Knight Studio Linen is not a fiber to be overlooked! As an added bonus, this is a knitting yarn that improves with age, washing, and wearing; so your project will be a keeper. It's also priced right making it affordable to knit a garment.


What to knit with the ultimate summer sweater yarn:

Happy (Summer) Knitting!

- Donna, the Knitting Doctor