【引用】Knitting Daily Lovely Linen Stitch
The linen stitch is a combination of knits, purls, and slipped stitches. The resulting fabric looks like, you guessed it—the weave that's unique to linen. The key to this is how the yarn is held when stitches are slipped. On the knit side, you hold the yarn in the back when you slip the stitch, and on the purl side, you hold the yarn in front when you slip the stitch.
Here's how to work the linen stitch:
Linen Stitch (odd number of sts)
Row 1 (RS) *P1, sl1 wyb (with yarn in back); rep from * to last st, p1.
Row 2 K1, *k1, sl1 wyf (with yarn in front); rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.
Rep Rows 1 and 2 for patt.
Linen stitch, front view
Linen stitch, back view
I love how linen stitch looks, but I have to make a few adjustments when I work the stitch because I tend to knit it too tight. So, I usually go up at least one needle size when I knit linen stitch.
Looking at the top swatch at left, can you spot the mistake where the arrow is? I accidentally purled instead of slipping. This is something that I have to be aware of when knitting linen stitch. When working on the right side, you knit one, slip one with yarn in front. This movement is just like k1, p1 ribbing, or seed stitch. The muscle memory in my hands really wants to purl the stitch instead of slipping it! So I have to be careful at first; I get into the slip-stitch rhythm within a few rows, though.
This stitch is reversible, too, even though the front and back sides look completely different (see photos below left). The front, or knit, side looks like linen, and the back, or purl, side looks like seed stitch. Linen stitch lays flat, so there's no curling to deal with, like there is in sockinette stitch. The stitch is also really dense, so it's perfect for wraps, scarves, or other forms of outerwear. It's also great for placemats and washcloths, since it's flat and sturdy.