Ever heard of Flax Linen Crochet Thread? Here are 5 key things to know about it.

We all love to use cotton crochet thread for our delicate projects such as doilies, jewelry, flowers, etc. Cotton is soft, durable, washable and breaths. 

But did you know that you can use linen crochet thread as well. And the best linen crochet thread is flax linen crochet thread.

  1. Flax linen crochet thread offers the same benefits as cotton cool, lightweight, and a great stitch structure that drapes well and is very shear. The light weight structure makes them perfect for warm weather wearables. 
  2. Projects made with flax linen crochet thread are very durable. Linen is a natural fiber that has been used for centuries because of its great properties. The more it is used and washed the softer it becomes. You know this from using linen sheets. When first purchased they can feel rough and abrasive, but the more they are washed, the softer they get.
  3. Flax linen is made from a natural fiber so it is environmentally friendly. It is 100% biodegradable so it is safe for the environment.
  4. Flax Linen is generally good for people with allergies.
  5. Projects crocheted from Flax Line are suitable to wear year-round. Since linen is very light you can use wearable items all year round. That coupled with the fact the more you wash it the softer it becomes and you have the perfect material for warm weather projects.

What makes flax linen so special?

Flax linen is made from the cellulose fibers that grow inside of the stalks of the flax plant, or Linum usitatissimum, one of the oldest cultivated plants in human hhistory. Flax is an annual plant, living for a single growing season. Flax is the world’s only natural fiber that is harvested, grown and cultivated in Western Europe. No other parts of the world offer the ideal climatic and soil conditions for flax harvesting. In fact, the flax growing belt in Europe is between Cannes, France and Amsterdam, Netherlands where climate and soil conditions are most optimal.

Once it’s ready for harvesting, the plant is uprooted and is put through weeks of retting (soaking in water to soften it and separate the fibers) and several other processes to make the flax spinning ready at the mill. It’s during this spinning that the flax plant is transformed into yarns of various weights, thickness, sheen, and looks.  

 

Working with flax linen thread.

Linen thread doesn’t conform to the needles the way that cotton does, so it creates a slightly larger stitch. In response, many knitters tension the yarn tightly, trying to achieve the same size stitches they’d get with cotton. Don’t. Ease up, and go down a needle size or two. You’ll probably need to use a much smaller needle than you would for cotton, but it will ultimately be a more pleasant experience.

Our Flax Linen Crochet Thread.

Purchased from a new supplier in Lithuania, our linen crochet tread comes in the most popular crochet thread size, size 10.  We currently have 11 colors in stock ready for you to try.

These threads are new, 3 ply, come without labels, are 600 meters (656 yards long), and weigh 100 grams. Care Instructions are: Machine wash (max.temp. 104F/40C), dry flat, do not bleach, do not dry clean, OK to iron.

Click on the image to go to our Linen Crochet Thread Size 10 page and shop for threads for your next project.

 

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