The best yarn for summer knitting—it’s got to be linen! We’re making a guest towel a la Mason-Dixon Knitting but we’ve changed the stitch pattern to the classically beautiful diamond brocade.

On the needles, Euroflax has the nice crunchy feel of unwashed linen. But a cycle through the washer/dryer starts the softening process and this plant fiber is transformed into a draping fabric with enhanced sheen and stitch definition. A hand towel is the perfect introduction to knitting with linen. Or consider Whit-knits linen tunic. complete with tutorials for provisional cast-on, Elizabeth Zimmerman’s brilliant false seams, and short-row shaping.