The Art of Modular Knitting & the Beautiful Linientreu Shawl

July 28, 2023 3 min read 0 Comments

The Art of Modular Knitting & the Beautiful Linientreu Shawl

"In the world of modular knitting, each stitch is a step on a journey, and every triangle a testament to the fusion of creativity and skill."

Today, we're venturing into a unique area of knitting that weaves together creativity, color, and geometry: modular knitting. If you're searching for a new technique to explore, or perhaps you've already dipped your needles into the modular world, you're in the right place. We're going to take a deep dive into the mesmerizing Linientreu pattern that uses this method beautifully.

Introduction to Modular Knitting

Modular knitting, also known as domino or mitered knitting, is a fascinating and dynamic way to build your knitting projects. As the name suggests, this technique involves creating small blocks or modules (be they squares, rectangles, or our focus for today, triangles), which are then seamlessly connected to form the final piece. This approach allows for an impressive range of flexibility and design creativity. Intricate patterns, bold color work, and unique geometric designs become all the more achievable.

With every stitch picked, every triangle formed, we don't just create a shawl; we knit together a unique blend of creativity, patience, and skill, forming not just a pattern, but a journey of discovery in the world of modular knitting.

The Allure of the Linientreu Pattern

The Linientreu pattern, available on Ravelry, perfectly showcases the brilliance of modular knitting. The pattern transforms colorful yarn into a striking array of interconnected triangles, resulting in a shawl that is as much a piece of art as it is a cozy accessory. Its intricacy might seem intimidating, but fear not! When broken down into manageable steps, it's an incredibly rewarding and enjoyable project for intermediate to advanced knitters.

Diving Into Triangles: Your First Module

The first step to the Linientreu shawl is, of course, knitting your first triangle. Let's break it down:

  1. Cast on 36 x 3 stitches using double point needles.

  2. For the next row, you will begin decreasing your stitches. This is what gives the triangle its shape.

  3. Repeat the decrease row until you're down to 3 stitches, pull thread through these stitches. Voila, you've got your first triangle!

Building Blocks: Picking Up Stitches

After you've knit your first triangle, it's time to create the next. This involves picking up stitches from the edge of the first triangle, which can be a bit tricky if you're new to the technique, but with practice, you'll find it becomes second nature.

Here's the basic technique:

  1. Cast on 36 x 2 stitches with double pointed needles, pick up and knit 36 stitches from the first triangle. 

  2. Continue as you did with triangle 1.

Now you're all set to knit your next triangle directly onto the first one, creating a seamless transition and contributing to the overall continuity of the shawl.

Creating the Linientreu Masterpiece

The Linientreu pattern involves repeating this process of creating triangles and picking up stitches, gradually growing your shawl. It's a rhythm that becomes almost meditative once you find your groove. While it's a simple process in theory, the real magic lies in the interplay of colors and the precise geometry of your stitches. It's this combination of art and math that makes knitting such a uniquely rewarding craft.

When knitting the Linientreu pattern, don't rush the process. Take your time to enjoy each step, from selecting your colors to knitting each triangle and marveling as the intricate pattern unfolds. Remember, every expert was once a beginner. So, even if this is your first venture into modular knitting, don't shy away from the challenge!

As you're working through this process, don't forget we have a detailed tutorial on our YouTube channel that walks you through the Linientreu pattern and the techniques involved in triangle modular knitting. It's an excellent resource for visual learners and a helpful guide if you're tackling this pattern for the first time.


In knitting, as in life, the journey is just as important as the destination. Knitting the Linientreu shawl is not just about the final product, but about learning, improving your skills, and immersing yourself in the delightful world of modular knitting.

As you progress in your Linientreu journey, we'd love to hear about your experiences and see pictures of your work. The joy of knitting is in its community, and sharing our successes (and challenges!) helps us all grow together.

Happy knitting, everyone! Here's to our triangular triumphs on the journey of modular knitting mastery!

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