Euroflax is a 100% wet-spun linen that is both machine washable AND machine dryable. Linen gives you strength and drape in a wonderful, long lasting fiber.
Linen doesn’t have elasticity like wool, and it’s a completely different fiber than what many people are used to knitting with.
It’s durable, absorbent and non-allergenic. Linen can absorb 20% of its weight in water without feeling damp and the pectins in the fiber give it a heat-regulating quality… making linen perfect for summer projects.
What makes Euroflax such a special linen yarn? Euroflax is a long line, wet-spun linen yarn. It is called ‘long line’ because the plant itself grows more than a yard tall. When standing in the field, it is a beautiful sight; bright blue flowers waving in the wind. All of our flax is grown (and processed) in Belgium, which touts a damp ocean climate and rich soil that grows the finest linen in the world.
The term wet-spun refers to the process of using heat, humidity and water during the spinning process, which creates a smooth yarn; in contrast to the the dry spun process which produces a rougher, more uneven yarn.
Since crops vary from year to year, so does the quality of flax. To get a consistent quality, our yarn is made from a blend several years of crops at a mill which has been in operation for several generations. Our Belgian mill has developed a way of splitting the fibers very finely, and they also double-boil the yarn to produce a soft and exceptional quality.
Here are a few tips for knitting with linen:
* Linen feels rough in the skein and softens up over time. Many knitters find that hand-winding the skein or running the yarn through your fingers as you wind it softens it up considerably- which helps your knitting enjoyment!
* Always swatch! Your gauge is likely to be different with linen than with other yarns (mostly due to its inelasticity), so it’s important to do a gauge swatch for your project.
* Wash your swatch. Because linen develops drape as it softens through multiple washings, it’s helpful to wash your swatch a few times as though it’s your finished piece.
* Look for linen-specific patterns. Because linen is a unique fiber, you may be disappointed in the result if you swap it willy-nilly in a pattern that calls for a wool yarn.
About 270 yards on a 100 gram skein.
6 sts to the inch on a US 2 - 4.
Machine Wash and Dry!