The Linen Stitch is an easy stitch to learn. It is a good stitch for a beginner because it only involves single crocheting and chain stitching.
Even though it is a simple stitch, it creates a beautiful visual effect by stacking alternating rows and giving your crochet piece a linen fabric type of pattern.
The basic stitch pattern is single crochet, chain one, single crochet, chain one, repeated for however wide your piece is. Single crocheting in the previous row’s gap created by the chain one between the single crochets is how the stacked alternating rows are created.
QUICK TIP: If you would like your piece to have multiple colors, make sure to have an uneven number of rows between different colors. This will ensure your colors are aligned with each other (if that is what you’re going for). Example below.
Alright, enough of me talking. Let’s get started on this tutorial!
THIS IS A RIGHT HANDED CROCHET TUTORIAL
SKILL LEVEL: BEGINNER
Step 1: Chain one stitch, you are skipping the previous row’s stitch but keeping your stitch count.
Step 2: Insert hook into the gap between the previous row’s stitches.
Step 3: Yarn over and pull yarn through gap. You will now have 2 loops on your hook.Step 4: Yarn over again and pull the yarn through both of the loops on your hook. This will create the single crochet stitch.
Step 5: Adjust your stitch tension. I always like to adjust the tension of each of my stitches so they are as uniform as I can make them. I find this helps to make my piece look even more professional.
Step 6: Chain 1 and repeat steps 1 – 6 for however wide your crochet piece is.
I love the linen stitch because it creates a beautiful pattern and because it gives great coverage without adding any thickness to the crochet piece. This stitch would be perfect for a sweater or cardigan.
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Thanks for reading and letting me teach you a little bit more about crochet!