Loving the Linden by Grainline Studio.


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Oh, the Linden.

It’s good.

And I’ve made many.

It started with one, that quickly became two…and now I have six, plus a massive pile of knit fabric that I’ve been accumulating with more Lindens in mind.


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left to right: Nani Iro double gauze, sweatshirt (w/contrast) + french terry (w/contrast)


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I can’t take credit for the idea to make one using double gauze. At QuiltCon, Jo from Suppose was wearing one, and I was obsessed. I had to try it out first thing when I got home.



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I did a bias tape finish at the neck after enlarging it just a bit. I’d already shortened the sleeves on my other versions, which worked out well here. Plus, I added just a bit of shaping to the hem to make it more shirt-like (not super obvious in the photo). In future versions, I’ll make it just a tad longer, but I was maximizing the little yardage that I had to make this one. (Typical.)


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What I really like about the pattern (well, make that pretty much all Grainline patterns…) is that it’s so versatile. If you just change the type of knit or fabric in general, you get something totally different and equally useful. I’ve made three so far from shirt-weight knit, and they are the perfect layering piece.


top to bottom: mystery lightweight cotton knit, Leah Duncan + Robert Kaufman Laguna Jersey


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Linden, I love you.



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8 Responses to Loving the Linden by Grainline Studio.

  1. Cheryl Arkison March 12, 2015 at 5:53 pm #

    You are crazy awesome.

  2. Pam March 12, 2015 at 7:49 pm #

    Whew! 6! Thanks for sharing the love for Grainline patterns! How did you finish the seams? Serger or regular machine overcast stitch? Your results look great!

  3. dianawgww May 12, 2015 at 7:21 pm #

    Oh ho ho ho!!! I can’t wait to make one in double gauze. So cool!

  4. Liz March 13, 2016 at 10:40 pm #

    I just ran across this post; I picked up a copy of Lotta’s Everyday Style several weeks ago and have been longingly gazing at your Kiomi top (I just finished mine and it’s… well… from afar she looks amazing). Your double gauze Linden blew me off my chair! Talk about the perfect sweatshirt.

  5. dpass June 14, 2017 at 11:10 am #

    Have you made any changes to the neckline of the knit Lindens? I find it a tad to wide, but they look nice on yours!

    • carolyn friedlander June 14, 2017 at 1:12 pm #

      Thanks! I actually haven’t made any adjustments to the neckline of the Linden…but you could definitely cut it wider/smaller if it would work better for you.


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