Fiber Content: 70% Linen, 30% Pima Cotton
Weight: Fingering
Knitting Gauge: 7 - 8 sts = 1" on #1 - 3 needles (2.25mm-3.25mm)
Crochet Gauge: 21 – 32 sc = 4'' on B - E hooks (2.25mm-3.5mm)
Yards: 180
Grams: 50
Put Up: Ball
Care: Hand Wash/Dry Flat

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Lindy Chain

$4.49 50g / Ball


Capture the spirit of summer with Lindy! Superbly lightweight and endlessly versatile, Lindy is a chainette yarn that is just the thing for warm weather. The linen adds a crisp stitch definition that shows off textures while adding a lovely drape and sheen that just gets softer with every wash. Available in 20 stunning shades that range from rich hues to soft pastels, Lindy is sure to be your go-to yarn for breezy tops, light accessories and so much more.

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5 out of 5 stars

Crafter beware: linen is notoriously difficult to work with! There’s so little give (stretch) to the yarn, and it is quite rough to work with. Working with linen has to be a conscious decision. But if you’ve come this far, perhaps you’ve already committed. And if you have, the Lindy Chain is a decent line to work with. I purchased the Urchin, Linen, Ivy, and Clarity colors to weave with. Other reviewers are quite right—the colors are slightly richer/darker than pictured, but I’ve grown to expect that what I see on my computer screen is never going to be an exact match, so I was not put off by that difference. I made a plaid scarf out of the Urchin and Ivy for my boyfriend, but it’s so light and airy and soft (after hand washing in hot water with mild detergent and air drying) that he often has to take it away from me to wear to work. (But do take the “soft” comment with a grain of salt—neither of us have sensitive skin, and again, linen can be rough. I often wear linen shirts in the summer, so I might be accustomed to the roughness.) The colors do have a slight vibrancy to them; it really will depend on how much light you’re working with. (And here in Boston, there wasn’t much when I was working; the plaid looks subdued sometimes, and bold at others.) I’m pleased with the yarns; I was going to make myself a scarf with the Urchin and Linen, but one of his coworkers asked me to make her one with some blue hues first! So I find myself here, ordering more!

5 out of 5 stars

Very happy with this yarn. Navy is a deep rich colour and was very nice to knit with. Soft and light with good drape it creates the perfect fabric for a summer top. Highly recommend.

5 out of 5 stars

I've read that others feel the colors shown are not true to the actual. It has to be the differences in monitors as I have ordered Bluebell and Whisper and both colors are Exactly as shown! Yes, the yarn has a "rough" hand at first, but softens dramatically after washing. Both colors were used for sweaters and now I'm going back for a third time!

2 out of 5 stars

I've just gotten the yarn Serrano. Very disappointing with the color. It is screaming red and nothing like what it shows on the photo. Knit Picks! Please! Reflect true colors in your color chart!!!

5 out of 5 stars

Gorgeous yarn for shawls. I purchased this for a custom shawl for a friend. The drape and sheen was perfect for the piece. Super soft and easy to crochet. I'm making a knit shawl soon with the same yarn and am delighted with the richness of the colors.

4 out of 5 stars

I love this yarn. It knits beautifully, both by hand and on a knitting machine. The colorway gosling is a beautiful "greige" (gray/beige) that looks very much like natural linen. The only reason I don't give it the "excellent" rating is that it does snag. Forget about carrying a crossbody purse over any garment made with this yarn, it will snag. I did, however, manage to pull the little snags through to the inside, and now I take better care of it, because I love the soft, comfy feel of it. To any of you who think it may feel rough, it does not. I have two sweaters in this yarn, and they're both lovely to wear.

5 out of 5 stars

This is my favorite yarn, I crochet and have made 5 garments with it working on the 6th. While stiff and scratchy at first it softens with first wash and gets softer with every wash. It does grow so I do block. The drape is awesome and perfect for Vicky Chan's Jordan.

4 out of 5 stars

I purchased the color harbor a while ago and finally found the right pattern for it. Everyone loves the color and it's pretty close to the product page picture. This is my first time knitting with a linen yarn and found it to be rough and scratchy but got use to it. I have to wash and block it and so far it drapes really nicely. With non-animal fibers I usually use the weavers knot method of joining yarns but it doesn't work with 'Lindy Chain'. I would apply the knot and give it the pull test and it broke every single time. I ended up using the Russian join and made sure it was at least 4" long. I liked the finished garment so much that I ordered it in Plum and Gosling. The colors on the product page and the color received are WAY off. They're not bad but they are definitely NOT what you see on the Knit Picks site and not great. I found those two colors to be kinda muddy and not in a flattering kinda way. So beware when you order ...... the colors may not be what you want.

4 out of 5 stars

I'd rate this as Excellent if only the colors were even remotely like either the photographs or the description. I knew (from a friend) that Linen is actually more of a warm tan, but honestly? Gosling is shown as and described as a grey. Not even close. It's a very definite mossy green. It's a very nice color, but I needed a grey...and this green is an exact match of another yarn I already own. If you'd like a "soft linen yarn" - this is very nice. But if you are picky about color: either order a single ball or choose a different yarn.

3 out of 5 stars

Beautiful colours. Horrible to crochet, really hard to see the stitches and the yarn splits. Great for knitting though.

4 out of 5 stars

This linen is softer than other linens I have worked with - maybe because there is a 30% cotton content. It is lovely to knit with.

5 out of 5 stars

So far, I love this yarn... it is not splitty at all and works into a beautiful drapey fabric. The colour is not accurate to the photo online... is more like it has a touch of gray in it. I bought Bluebell and it is not as bright. The blue is a touch grayer and not as bright blue as the picture.

4 out of 5 stars

I just received my order of Lindy Chain. I ordered Navy and Blue, 2 balls each to Crochet 2 Market Bags. The Navy color is the perfect dark navy, with a sheen that catches the light just enough to make you look again, I hope the sheen stays after washing. The Blue is not blue at all, it is the most beautiful shade of Teal, a medium dark teal that is still bright enough to not get lost amid other jewel colors. Now please bring in a true Blue for those of us that love our blues! The texture of this yarn seems fine, I don't anticipate any problems crocheting with it, and I know that like Linen Fabric it will continue to soften the more it is washed. I would love a 100% linen yarn line added to your yarns so I can knit garments, shawls, etc. for myself. I, as well as others, I'm sure, would appreciate it if you would either rephotograph or redescribe these colors. It's a pain to have to call you Every Time We Order Yarn! I don't actually expect you to publish this review, you've never published any of my reviews in the past! But thank you for letting me voice my opinion.

5 out of 5 stars

This makes a lovely, drapey, summer sweater. The color stayed nice and crisp.

5 out of 5 stars

Do not believe the color on your monitor! However, trust in the quality of the yarn. If the color is super important I would hesitate to order. If you don't mind as long as it is within a general area then order with confidence. For example I ordered Linen and Plum I got tan and brown. As this is for my store and not a personal gift I am okay with it. But if I had got the colors shown on my monitor it would have been a gift for my daughter, and it would have been gorgeous! They must update the colors I am not the only person noticing the huge difference! Good luck and Happy Hooking!

5 out of 5 stars

To those of you who have favored this yarn: I actually haven't ordered this yet, but all of your reviews have been very helpful. I'm wanting to use it to make a light summer sweater the pattern of which I found in "Creative Knitting" Magazine April 2017 issue, page 88, "Crisscross Meshy top. Pattern calls for Berroco Ultra Alpaca fine fingering; 50%wool/30%nylon/20%Alpaca. However, I am allergic to wool, it makes me itch something terrible. Do you think this Lindy Chain will be a good substitute? The sweater is very drapy.

5 out of 5 stars

OMG... I LOVE this yarn! It is a joy to work with, and the results and amazing. I knit a bread basket liner, and I plan on knitting many more as well as dish or hand towels. I like my towels thin, and this yarn is PERFECT.

4 out of 5 stars

Amy, I know what you're saying, but by the time I was done, just handling it softened it greatly. I didn't have to block, but if you do, get a solution made for conditioning of natural fibers. Since you will be keeping the yarn , make it anyway. I haven't had to wash mine yet, but it will be even more soft after I do. And let us know what you think. What shawl are you making?

5 out of 5 stars

LOVE this yarn! So versatile. If you think it's a bit rough, after the first gentle washing it soon softens up. Very easy to work with. I just knitted a chessboard and a summer top. Doesn't pill. Easy to untangle. So happy I found this yarn :-)

1 out of 5 stars

I read the description before purchasing. I thought it would make a nice shawl. I received the yarn this evening. I cannot stand the feel. It is too rough for my taste. I want to exchange it for another yarn that is softer, but I will lose so much in return shipping fees and new shipping fees that it may not be worth it. I seriously don't want to wear anything made with this yarn, though.

5 out of 5 stars

I absolutely love this yarn. I use it all the time for crochet bikini tops, cropped tanks and summer shrugs. And best of all, I feel like all my hard work pays off as this yarn won't fuzz up or get crappy after so many washes. It seems to only get better as the years go by.

4 out of 5 stars

While I did find this yarn to be a little bit splitty, it wasn't a terrible difficulty - I've certainly had others that are worse. I also didn't find it rough to the touch - but I will wash the yarn the next time I use it - Soft is good. I do like the drape, but I found it a little airy for the top I made - on size 2's . I'll go down a size next time.

5 out of 5 stars

Love this a lot. I was hoping that swan would be whiter than it is. It is more of a cream color. Swan seemed whiter when I used the color in the dishie yarn. Perhaps it just looks that way next to the blue I used. I loved the yarn anyways. I thought that the project was awful until I washed it and then it was so nice and soft. This was my first project in linen, and I will definitely be using Lindy Chain again.

4 out of 5 stars

This yarn is very crisp and the colors are terrific. It has great drape. One thing to watch out for: this yarn splits more than any other yarn I have ever worked with, from Knitpicks or any other supplier. I both knit and crocheted with this yarn.

3 out of 5 stars

My rating is because of how delicate and splitty the yarn is. I've knitted with chainette yarns before, but none split as much as this does. It takes nothing to catch a tiny thread, and once it pulls out, that's it. Still, I'm almost done with my T-shirt and it looks very cute. I got Blush--which is a good bit darker than the pale baby pink I saw on my screen, and with very slightly more coral tones. My trim color is Rouge, which is also quite a bit darker than it looked online. The colors look nice together. Not sure if I'd use it again, but I wish KP would make a different linen yarn.

2 out of 5 stars

I've purchased silver & urchin in Lindy Chain & they have been fairly accurate, close enought to use, but I just received the linen color & it's way off from the color swatch. More of a tan color like another reviewer said. Even the new KnitPicks Complete Yarn Guide is off so it's not right in there either. I would hope they would retake photos to get a better color accuracy. This is disappointing. The yarn is scratchy to knit with & thought it would soften up more than it has. Washed at least twice so far. I made two shawl type scarves with beads on the edges for weight.

4 out of 5 stars

yes, why not a pure white? I got "Swan" and it was nearer to cream than white ie. darker than illustrated. It's lovely anyway, but I'll try what they do where I come from (Ireland) - lay the garment on the lawn in full sun to bleach it, which, of course, is why fine Irish linen is called lawn. If it works in Ireland it'll certainly work in Florida. Thank you to the ladies who suggested washing the yarn before use. I wish I'd known this before - it would have saved me from calluses and raw fingers!

1 out of 5 stars

First of all, I hate to give such low rating to this yarn! I purchased Urchin to knit Gizeh top. I loved the yarn, although it did split easily; I just knit it with extra care. I loved the texture, I felt very comfortable wearing it. But after the very first time I hand washed it in cold water with Woolite, the under arm areas had faded and became light purple. Could I have a greater disappointment?

5 out of 5 stars

I really can't rate the yarn as I haven't used it yet. But, for those that are having a difficult time with the 'feel' of the yarn : the roughness - try washing the yarn FIRST. Put them in a sweater/lingerie bag. You want them to be rather snug, so use the smallest bag available. If you need one smaller, take some acrylic worsted yarn and stitch up one end so you can get a tight 'pack'. Wash them the way you plan to when the garment is done - then machine dry with a few towels. Most of the shrinkage will be done and the feel will be much softer.

5 out of 5 stars

I made a spring sweater out of this yarn held double to get the gauge I needed. It does indeed soften up after washing. Although the directions do not say to do so, I tossed mine in the washer with the regular laundry and then in the dryer. The softness improves tremendously with each washing. Make a swatch and test your gauge, however, because it tends to shrink lengthwise-- but then the sweater seems to stretch out over the course of the day. Great yarn!

5 out of 5 stars

I am enjoying making a top with this yarn. Found a pattern that is top down and uses this weight yarn. I live where it is warm so this will be so nice to wear for a garment.

5 out of 5 stars

I live where it is always warm. So I am knitting with cotton a lot. I wanted to try linen. I knew it would be scratchy but once washed it is suppose to be soft and perfect for warm weather. The knitting is going great. I am having no splitting of the yarn. I am doing a top down top. I am almost to the bust line. It is a nice yarn to knit with. If you have only knitting with wool, you may find a challenge to work with. I have been knitting with cotton for a long time so this year seems great to me.

2 out of 5 stars

I bought quit a lot of this yarn wanting to make some lighter tops for the summer. It feels really nice and the colour is great. But is very frustrating to crochet with. It is really hard to see the stitches and it splits easily. I am hoping that it knits up better.

5 out of 5 stars

Please get more colors

2 out of 5 stars

I bought this yarn to knit a sweater for myself. I loved the knitting process. However it SNAGS LIKE CRAZY and I am afraid it will be ruined too soon. I may have to frog the lower third of the sweater to repair all the snags from wearing it the second time. If you have cats, children beware

2 out of 5 stars

I am disappointed in the colours, Whisper, which appears to be a lovely lilac color and Bluebell that appears to be a sky/baby blue. Both of these are a dull grayish colour of mauve and blue. That said, any of the other yarns I have ordered from you has been great and true to colour depicted. I understand that there may be some difference in colour from picture to actual, but these ones are really off. I was hoping to make baby items from these but the colours are really quite awful for that.

5 out of 5 stars

I love this yarn. yes it is rough before wash, in fact I have to wrap my index finger with bandaid when I knitted this yarn because I just don't like the feeling of it rubbing on my flesh. but it soften tremendously after even one wash. I wore my knitted top the whole day and it is just so very soft. I used hollyberry and the color is very rich. I am planning to make another top with this yarn again with navy.

4 out of 5 stars

This yarn is lovely, although I have yet to knit it up. I just wanted to comment that lot #7A1831 if the linen colorway is quite a bit darker than how the photo displays on my computer. I was expecting more of an ecru or oatmeal, but I'd call it almost tan. I purchased it to stripe with harbor, and I'm not sure if I want to commit to it because I feel it's too dark. Other than that, I'm happy with the yarn so far.

5 out of 5 stars

I love this yarn. I have used it to in place of a lace-weight linen yarn for both vest and shawls, and the results are beautiful. Yes, it does split, but that is the nature of a hollow braided yarn. The yarn reforms easily, though, and I have had no other difficulty.

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful yarn. Yes, it is a bit scratchy while knitting, but becomes wonderfully softer when washed. Wash your swatch and each time you do, it softens more and more. Feels great against the skin. I'll find myself, while watching TV, that I've grabbed my swatch and am rubbing it between my fingers!! Currently using the navy. It's a very rich color. Love it.

5 out of 5 stars

WHERE IS WHITE??? This yarn looks perfect for my summer projects, but where is the white???

3 out of 5 stars

I loved the colors of the yarn, and I was very interested in trying a chain yarn. Unfortunately, the yarn has split a lot, even using a crochet hook. It is stiffer in the worked scarf and feels raffia-like to the hand. I am hoping washing will soften it up and that it will not bleed. I am making a three-colorblocked scarf in urchin, conch and harbor. It is beautiful, just rough and the yarn splits. It won't stop me buying your yarns. Curio is my favorite. More colors in that line and others!

5 out of 5 stars

I fell in love with Lindy Chain from the first swatch. It has the weight and crispness I'd expect of linen with the sheen and stitch definition of silk. The perfect summer sweater yarn, in my opinion. I'm knitting one sweater and already dreaming of my next. I've always been a 100% wool knitter. Now I'm knitting with linen until the autumn leaves begin to fall.

3 out of 5 stars

I hate having to lower my ratings on any of your products, but I bought Lindy chain specifically for crocheting a summer shawl. I bought conch, harbor and urchin and ended up with a scarf measuring about 14" x 70" with color blocking of the three colors alternating 25 rows each in a lacy shell pattern. The problem is that the texture is going to be on the rough side and it splits easily in a crocheted garment. I would think working with knitting needles would be even harder. Maybe it's because I have never worked with linen before, but it seems rough to me. Otherwise, the colors are outstanding, but I am hoping they are color-safe and don't bleed.

4 out of 5 stars

I wasn't sold on this yarn at first. It's a little rough and it knots easily. I recommend using a yarn winder to form the skein as a center pull ball to make it more manageable. This yarn knots and tangles soo easily! I am glad I took the time to do this before I started my project. It took a couple of false starts to really get a feel of the yarn. It separates quite easily. The first few rows are tough to knit. I used more tension to start my garment so that it would have more foundation. You don't have to do this, but it was a choice I made to keep a nice and neat hemline. I am knitting a lace tank and a striped shirt for summer. This yarn looks beautiful knit into lace with relaxed tension. If you're a crocheter, I have good news for you! Lindy Chain is much easier to crochet with. Overall, I'm pleased with the color options and the mere fact that this yarn exists. I'm excited to see how it behaves after being washed.

4 out of 5 stars

This yarn is absolutely gorgeous. I'm using it to crochet a lightweight shawl for the summer and I couldn't be happier with how the fabric is turning out. I agree with other reviewers that it starts out a bit stiff but it's relaxing as I crochet and I'm sure it will soften even more with the first wash. There are a few times where I will come across what looks and feels like a tight knot but those disappear quickly into the fabric and don't effect my rating of Lindy Chain at all.

5 out of 5 stars

So it was my first attempt to knit lace, I wish this yarn (or any linen blend) would be available in lace weight. Result is very nice, I had bit of splitting issue, but it can be my needles, I use sharps. One of 4 balls had thickness inconsistency, annoying but not visible in finished shawl. After washing it gets very soft, and drapes nicely. I was hoping to mix harbor and sagebrush, but it did not work for me. Both turned out to be mere on the green side than expected. Down side of buying on line, computer monitors aren't accurate! For that reason just got 5 colors to see in person, some will need to be exchanged! It is very nice yarn for lace, or at least eyelet pattern. For machine knitters; that would be great yarn for summer dress or over-sized sweater for the evening at the beach!

5 out of 5 stars

How beautiful is this! I've fallen in love with this yarn, such sheen and texture, and the color Gosling is fantastic! Knits beautifully in my knitting machine. Now I can't wait for my next delivery so I can continue my project.

3 out of 5 stars

I will agree that Lindy Chain comes in great colors and has great stitch definition when used for lace BUT the hand is rough and the knit swatch is scratchy. I know that's probably the linen content which I haven't used before. If anyone knows if this softens up as the garment is worked, blocked or laundered, please give me some tips. I don't think my daughter's with sensitive skin will be happy with this.

5 out of 5 stars

Another fantastic fiber! Using silver for the Alcea cowl. With size 8 needle I love the larger stitch and relaxed knit. The yarn is tenderly crisp in the ball but gets softer while knitting and even softer with wash. I initially bought it for light jewelry, however after knitting a swatch I knew this would make a perfect light cowl. Rich looking knit. Perfect for tank and spring accessories. For crafters the chained fiber itself proves visually interesting and usable for a variety of fiber art. I love it and am hoping for metal tones for jewelry art....

5 out of 5 stars

I love this yarn. I chose the color plum- colors are what KP are the masters of. This color is a beautiful concoction of dusky, brownish, grayish purple. Simply stellar. I hope they never retire this line and color.

5 out of 5 stars

I am knitting a runner for my dining room table. I am using holly berry. It is a great color for christmas.

5 out of 5 stars

I was looking for a light-weight airy yarn suited for very hot climates. Lindy Chain is exactly what I was looking for. I decided to take a chance and order enough for two projects. As soon as I received the yarn I started my first project:a lacy summer top using Lindy Chain (Plum). The yarn has excellent stitch definition and works great for lace knitting. When knitted up, the yarn has a vintage look to it. I love Lindy Chain. My only complaint: Not enough colors.

5 out of 5 stars

I had read a review stating the impossibility of splitting a stitch; saying that, I have had problems with catching a single thread which causes problems with pulling the yarn back into shape so to speak. I am sure anyone knitting with this type of yarn will know what I am talking about. Saying that, this fiber combination is awesome to work with, wash & wear!!

5 out of 5 stars

This yarn is exactly what I was looking for. It's light and airy which is well suited for hot climates. I ordered several balls in plum to make a light summer tee. I'm using a lace pattern. After several rows I was extremely impressed with the quality of this yarn. The color and the overall texture gives the project a sort of vintage appeal. Please add more colors.

5 out of 5 stars

This yarn is amazing. The colors are rich, the texture soft but firm the way you'd want it to be with linen, and the chainette construction makes it impossible to split a stitch. No "fuzzys" from this yarn. ...and the price is unbelievable. Just another reason why Knit Picks is two steps ahead.

5 out of 5 stars

I received my first shipment of Lindy Chain yarn yesterday and I couldn't wait to see how it worked up. I'm crocheting a shawl and I'm very pleased with the colors and how nice it is to work with. I would like to see some crochet patterns for sweaters and/or shell/tank top for this yarn.