Linen Crochet Stitch Will Never Get Old: wip

Linen stitch is one of my greatest discoveries of year 2017. Well, of course I knew about it before but for some reason I didn’t use it often in my crochet designs. And I think now it’s time for a change. I have almost finished my new project and here is the wip.
Crochet shawl with linen stitch - free pattern by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

As you can easily guess from the pictures it’s a new shawl. The pattern will be free and I will work hard to bring it to life in next couple of weeks. But today I would like to give you an idea of how it looks. Well, what you see is not really a complete stitch pattern. It’s the wrong side actually :) But it also means my new shawl is reversible.






I have been playing with River Washed yarn by Scheepjes (reviewed HERE). It’s a cotton blend in very nice and vibrant colors (named after famous world’s rivers). And every shade contains two colors: one is in cotton cord and another is added with a fluff. Together these shades bring an incredible effect. It’s not easy to catch it with the camera, but I gave it a try.
Crochet shawl with linen stitch - free pattern by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

I made two shawls in different color palettes and tried to present almost all shades of River Washed yarn. I also added a regular Stone Washed yarn (in the same composition and quality) to blue and pink sample. Yes, these two yarns can be combined together! And this gives even more opportunities for color combinations!
Crochet shawl with linen stitch - free pattern by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

Both River Washed and Stone Washed yarns are available in local Scheepjes stores, Caro's Atelier* (NL) and also via international retailers such as Wool Warehouse* and Black Sheep Wools* (both in UK but with worldwide shipping), Knotty House* (Canada).
Crochet shawl with linen stitch - free pattern by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

And here is something else I would like to show you. I have been dreaming about craft labels for a very long time. But because I don't have a logo (yet) I didn't know how to design them. And then I came across a lovely Etsy shop from Bulgaria which sells different types of custom labels. I contacted them and they sent me a sketch in no time. Just what I needed!!! :) Mine are wooden (not leather as I wanted them to be animal friendly). If you are looking for something similar for yourself HERE is a link to Leather Goods Company Etsy shop.
Wooden craft labels/tags - designed by Lilla Bjorn

Watch my blog next week for a shawl’s reveal.

UPDATE: the shawl has been revealed already. Check pictures HERE
UPDATE: River's Walk Shawl free crochet pattern is available HERE

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10 comments

  1. Wow! I LOVE your shawls and can hardly wait for the pattern. You're a star! Thanks so much!!

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    1. I hope the final look will not disappoint you ;-)

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  2. From my first view of the photo (not close up), the horizontal effect of rows appeared to be not a run-of-the-mill crocheted wrap that we usually see. So refreshing! And, something about the "dips," as I'm calling them, reminded me of somehing and I had to sit here a few minutes to draw out a memory. Realized that your use of the linen stitch and change of colors brought me back to being a Girl Scout. At one point, we visited the Junior Museum in San Francisco (our home) every Tuesday after school for a month. We were taught how to make a basket, imitating design elements of U.S. Western Native American tribes. Changing colors of raffia, dropping down a row and wrapping, puts very simply how just one design element was achieved. This was the beginning of being able to create a novice's basket with a sole design element: usually an expression of nature. Your new wrap so reminds me of the technique used with raffia, that I know your Linen Stitch Wrap will be a part of me in 2018. Thank you, yet again, for a wonderful new creation. Smiling brightly, Rebecca

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    1. such a lovely story! thank you for sharing it with me :)

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  3. Oh please tell us when you will be showing us the end result. I can’t wait to start making this. Beautiful!

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  4. I love your patterns but I have to say they are a little intimidating to me. I haven't ever tried the linen stitch but I've heard of it. I can't wait to try this pattern. Thank you for all of the lovelies that you share with us.

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    1. ah really! But why? Linen stitch is the most basic stitch in crochet. VERY simple. Byt the way I have rated this pattern as beginner. It's not tricjy at all.

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  5. Love Linen stitch and the colours are brilliant. Love the animal friendly labels too.

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