Linen to love

Now that Nuvem is behind me, I can focus on my Kit Camisole. I finally got past the half-linen portion at the bottom and got to fly a little faster on the mostly stockinette portion during the holiday weekend at my parent’s house. When there are seven other adults around constantly focused on entertaining Z, it’s pretty easy to get some good knitting time.


The yarn is Euroflax Sportweight in golden rod. The stitch pattern is lovely. This is a project I wish I could be wearing right now, so that is providing some extra motivation. The linen is definitely a little slower to work with than wool yarns for me, since it’s completely inelastic, but it’s not as bad as I remembered in the past. Maybe my hands are getting stronger. They did just finish a mile of knitting in under a month. I still can’t marathon through with this project in the same way. After about 10 rounds I need something softer.


I’m not getting quite the correct gauge. I have close to the correct horizontal gauge with size 1 (2.5 mm) needles, but I’m getting more like 26 sts and 40 rows than the called for 27 sts and 36 rows in 4″. I’m spacing out the decreases just a little further to account for the difference row-wise, and I’m thinking I’ll stick a couple more decreased stitches in the mix. This is a tank with a lot of positive ease (4-8″ suggested), so I’m not quite as worried about the width, but I definitely want the length. I was unwilling to try to knit this on a US 0 (2 mm). The yarn I’m using is heavier than called for in the pattern, so some gauge oddity is to be expected.

I really hope I have enough yarn, because I have 810 yards, but my size (39″) technically calls for 840 yards. Since the 43″ size also calls for 840 yards (5 balls of Quince & Co. Sparrow at 168 yds a ball), I’m betting I’ll be fine.

Zooey is an expert at measuring gauge.

July 7-7

Anyone tried Addi’s new Sock Rockets? I always knit on US 0 (2mm) needles, but they have a 2.25 mm size that falls between US 0 and US 1. I might give that size a try for some of the thicker sock yarns like Colinette Jitterbug or Koigu. A US 1 (2.5 mm) needle just seems a little big for socks for me, but I’m a loose knitter.

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12 thoughts on “Linen to love

  1. Ooh, I didn’t realize that tank called for such small needles. Good to know…

    I love my Sock Rockets. Mine are size 1 which is my go-to size. Regular Addis seem too blunt for me now.

    • The tank actually calls for two sizes larger, but my yarn is a bit thicker so this gets me closer to gauge. I’m probably going to end up getting 0’s and maybe the in-between 2.25mm size.

  2. I am just a few rows away from binding off for the back. If all goes well, I’ll finish this weekend. Then again, who knows how long the straps will take…

    Yours looks great! What a funny thing gauge is. I’m knitting this on a 3mm needle and coming in too tight, but with all the positive ease in the pattern I’m not worried. I’ve tried it on a couple of times and it will be more fitted than the pattern photos, but definitely still on the zero to positive ease side of things. I cannot wait to be finished and wearing it.

    • I’m not much further than the pic I posted. Hopefully I can finish up this second ball soon! Surely I’ll be wearing it within the next couple of weeks…

  3. I’ve been eyeing the Kit Camisole all summer and am committed to knitting it (or something very similar) with linen. I’ve not knit with linen before so I’m a little nervous but excited, too.

  4. This looks lovely! The color is perfect. I had been skeptical of summer knits, possibly because I’d been living in Portland, Oregon, where the summer is too short and generally too mild to warrant a wardrobe overhaul. But I’ve seen so many very cute summer knits on your blog (and it doesn’t hurt Chicago has an actual summer with like hot weather and humidity), that I’m starting to seriously consider knitting a tank top, and Kit is a top contender.

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