Lena Tee + Linen Dreams

If you’ve visited the shop over the last couple months, you might’ve caught me working on a light grey linen tee – the Lena Tee!

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This is the Lena Tee by Carrie Bostick Hoge, knit in Louet’s Euroflax 100% Linen yarn in “Cloud Grey”.

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This is a super simple pattern: two garter stitch panels knit flat for the front and back hem, and then joined in the round for the body, and then the front and back knit up flat from the underarm with another set of garter stitch panels just below the neckline.

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The linen is a little rough in the hands while you’re knitting it, yes, but now that I’ve washed and dried (in the machine!!!) this a couple times, I totally understand why people knit with and wear linen in the summer: it’s light and cool and airy and drapey. I was watering my tomato plants this morning and the breeze goes right through this but the gauge is still tight enough to be totally modest and opaque.

Lucky for me (and you), Ravelry abounds with patterns specifically designed for light-weight linen:

photo © Carrie Bostick Hoge

photo © Carrie Bostick Hoge

Saco Stripes by Pam Allen – a simple summer classic with stripes!

photo © Carrie Bostick Hoge

photo © Carrie Bostick Hoge

Kit Camisole by Bristol Ivy – I love the 1920’s silhouette of this one!

photo © Jane Heller

photo © Jane Heller

Sparrow tank by Pam Allen – with the lovely button detail down the back!

photo © Bristol Ivy

photo © Bristol Ivy

Rue Shawl by Bristol Ivy – just in case you’re not feeling the knitted tank top vibe…

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We have a beautiful range of linen colourways in stock right now and there’s a whoooole lot of summer left. Plus, my Lena Tee is going to live in the shop for a while, so come in and FEEL it to see why I’m so in love with linen right now! <3

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  • Tank Top Summer | Needles in the Hay
    Posted at 14:38h, 03 June Reply

    […] a while, and it was on my list of potential tops to knit out of the Louet Euroflax 100% linen yarn that I posted last year, so when I restocked the Euroflax in the black colourway in April, I cast this on immediately. This […]

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