Scrap Couture Linen Stitch Scarf

Reblogged from destashification

The Yarn Stash contains a bin of “loved and left” – over yarn.

Every knitter has some – might be left over from a sweater or maybe it was a single skein (on clearance) that was just too beautiful to pass up  – but there every knitter has “oddments.”

Their fiber content and weight may vary.  And while they are usually small on yardage, oddments are typically beautiful, soft and very patient – as they wait to be used!

Scrap Couture Linen Stitch

While sorting drooling over my Yarn Stash, I noticed a preponderance of pinks and browns  – colors I have been drawn to for a few years. Two of the yarns were gorgeous handpainted – combining pinks and a caramel brown!

With one exception, the yarns were in the vicinity of worsted weight.  The fiber content varied from acrylic to cashmere – and everything in between.

cashmere/wool and a coral cotton/microfiber

Linen Stitch is very forgiving – a slight change in the gauge will not be visible, so all of these varied yarns could be used.

Using  the longest Size 10.5 circulars in the Knitting Needle Stash, I cast on 310 stitches using the Caramel acrylic.

Returning to the start of the cast-on, I started the Linen Stitch with a mystery dark brown acrylic highlighted with a gold metallic thread (absolutely no idea why I have this yarn).

Caramel/Dusty Rose/Pale Pink. Dusty Lavender and CaramelBright Pinks and Oranges.

Returning again to the start end, the next row of Linen Stitch used one of the handpainted…

….and I was hooked!

The Linen Stitch worked to bring the colors together!   Each row was as intriguing as the one before!

Scrap Couture Scarf in progress

After a few mistakes explorations, I discovered that each row required 6 yards of yarn.  A quick check of The Stash found one very small oddment that was added to the available yarns.  Six yards is not very much.

The Linen Stitch is the same every row – and since work is always done from the right side – it is just knitting – no purling involved.

After a while, the K1, yf, S1, yb, repeat, repeat, repeat, developed a rhythm and the scarf flew off the needles.

After 66 rows, the Caramel Acrylic was used for the final Linen Stitch row and then again to bind off.

Scrap Couture Scarf

Because I am drawn to pinks and browns, the scarf will coordinate with many of my garments – but I am already planning a visit to the Fabric Stash to find coordinating colors.

The mixture of fibers makes the scarf so comfortable to wear – not a single itch!  As the majority of the yarns were cotton or cotton/microfiber the scarf hangs with a nice drape.

The  310 stitches * 68 rows created a scarf that is 6 feet long and 7″ wide.

The 60+ yarns hanging off both ends were double twisted, knotted and trimmed to create a controlled fringe.

Related Post: Blankets, Throws & Wraps

Scrap Couture Linen Stitch Scarf

Obviously, this is not the first pattern for a linen stitch scarf – all homage to those who created them before – it was those that inspired me to try this Scrap Couture Project!

Love it!


Summer 2015 Ready2wear collection by Sensitive Fabrics

Reblogged from Billy Hunter

For a new season, emphasising functional comfort and total wearability, Sensitive Fabrics by Eurojersey, an Italian design brand, has introduced  the Ready2wear Summer  2015 collection that was shaped by intensely creative and innovative colour combinations.

Abstract pictorial creations and instinctive brush strokes of pure colour are the artistic instruments chosen to infuse the structural features of Sensitive Fabrics with vitality and charm.

New geometries. © Eurojersey

These fabrics are ideal for sophisticated, ultra-light, practical garments that are the solution for all occasions, the company reports. Versatile and comfortable, they are said to be imperceptible on the skin thanks to ultralight Sensitive Plus.

3D printing

The colour range and refined shapes are interpreted by traditional motifs in a structured, versatile collection designed to meet demand for an original, creative total look.

The effects and superimpositions, the recomposed and destructured combinations are enhanced by the top-quality printing techniques, the latest technology of 3D print, according to the company. This is said to ensure the utmost precision and three-dimensional reproduction of any design and decorative motif with outstandingly well-defined details.

Floral in the textures of denim and cashmere. © Eurojersey

Besides the good yield in terms of environmental impact, the 3D printing technique is also said to enable in a reduction in the use of dyes (-88%), water (-35%) and emissions (greenhouse gases -59%, methane -57%) compared to traditional printing techniques.


The collection introduces the theme of ‘Ultimate Geometrical Designs’ by interpreting dots – in motion and destructured – and ethnic stripes with a range of greys and blues and touches of powder cyan.

Practical Garments for your Bed

Animalier effects. © Eurojersey

The floral print is revisited in Denim and Cashmere textures with unusual designs and colourful shapes.

Animalier prints, always modern and trendy, are reflecting sinuous feline movements with ethnic designs that recall the African safari.

‘Tis the season for linen-love

Reblogged from Sew Tessuti

Don’t ask me how she did it but according to the maker herself, the above top – made in Night Stripe D’Ville – came together with a mere ONE metre of fabric! As I mentioned in my first post about Judith, this version is also free-formed and based on a tried-and-true style that she loves. I am very much adoring the sleeves and their variation in stripe.

And here’s another gorgeous top emulating a similar style. This version was created around the beautiful embroidered fabric that was originally made up in a long-ago gifted skirt from her late Mum and purchased in Thailand. The skirt no longer fit Judith and was way too special and gorgeous to throw away, so she cut it up and refashioned it into this beauty. The plain, loose weave linen is our Vintage Look and it provided the perfect colour and composition match for the coloured fabric.

And that necklace? It also belonged to Judith’s Mum and is actually the teeniest, most beautiful belt I’ve ever seen.

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Fabric 101: Double Cloth and Double Face Fabrics

Reblogged from Mood Designer Fabrics 

Double cloth fabrics are double-faced.
Double face fabrics are really single, not double.

The terms double cloth and double face cause a lot of confusion for home sewers. Here’s the story: Double cloth and double face both indicate a fabric that’s reversible or having two right sides. But the way each is woven is quite different.

Double-cloth fabrics are made of two fabrics threaded or fused together to form a thicker and more substantial fabric. You can actually take the fabric edge and peel apart the two fabrics. This allows you to create beautiful garments that are completely reversible, with no lining necessary.  Many types of wools and cottons can be made into double cloth, and in all sorts of combinations—like contrasting solids, or a smooth surface with a napped surface. Double-cloth cashmere is one of the most luxurious fabrics around and deserves careful planning and slow, thoughtful sewing.

Mood Fabrics 101: Double cloth fabric is when threads join two fabrics into one fabric.

Here you can see the threads that join two pieces of fabric into one double-cloth fabric.

Ralph Rucci double cloth coat.

A designer well-known for his double-cloth coats and jackets is Ralph Rucci, whose double-cloth garments look as elegant on the inside as they do on the outside. Fall 2103 collection.

Double-faced fabrics are also fabrics where either side can be used, but unlike double cloth, these fabrics have only one layer of fabric and cannot be separated. The types of double-faced fabrics are endless and are found in the wool, silk, cotton and knit departments, and at all price points. (Quality double-cloth fabrics tend to be on the more expensive side.) At Mood we love an attractive double-faced fabric, because it offers our customers so many design options when they have two sides of fabric to work from: Satin or matte side? Print or solid side? Jacquard or reverse jacquard? Think about incorporating a little or a lot of the contrasting side into your garment for a designer touch.

Double-faced satin from Mood Fabrics.

A beautiful double-faced satin in Chinese red and mint green.

The difference between double cloth and double-faced fabrics. This is double- faced wool.

Double-faced, wool-blend polka dots, from Mood NYC.

Poly double-faced print fabric from Mood Fabrics.

A polyester print double-faced fabric, with a large floral on one side and a smaller floral on the other.

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HouseHold Linens creates and designs

Reblogged from Household Linens

HouseHold Linens is a speciality bed linen retailer, providing the highest quality bed linen to private homes, designers and lodges internationally. Visit our stores in New Zealand and Australia or online

HouseHold Linens is a New Zealand owned business that began in the Auckland home of Avis Nelson over 40 years ago. Starting in manufacturing, moving to wholesale and progressing to retail it has become a truly vertical organisation.

Household Linens

HouseHold Linens creates and designs its products in Auckland and imports from around the globe. Three brands – Pan Cottage, HouseHold Linens and A.N.D differentiate the product available. Each brand encompasses different fabrics, qualities and styles. Through innovative and inspiring design, engaging store experiences and by communicating with people in a way that connects to how they live, work and play, our brands are constantly evolving to meet our customers’ needs.

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