9¾” / 25 cm wide at its wider end x 84½” / 214 cm long
2 skeins of Handmaiden Fine Yarns Casbah (80% superwash merino, 10% nylon and 10% cashmere; 355 yd / 325 m per 115g) or 710 yd / 650 m of fingering weight yarn
Sample shown in Handmaiden Fine Yarn Casbah in Pewter
One pair of straight or circular needles in size US 6 / 4 mm
Or use a needle size to obtain gauge after blocking
29 sts and 51 rows = 4 in / 10 cm in Linen Stitch after blocking
Standard linen stitch is created by slipping every other stitch as you work across the row, with the yarn in front of the work, which creates little horizontal bars of yarn across the front of the fabric. The stitch gives the appearance of a woven, rather than, knitted texture. Although it takes two rows to work every stitch once, each row takes half as long to knit, as you only work half of the stitches in any given row.