Borrowing From Weaving
Leno is a weaving technique used to create a lacy yet stable fabric. Vertical warp threads are twisted around each other before the horizontal weft is introduced. Imagine marrying knit cables and lace, and you get an idea of what woven leno fabric looks like!
One way we knitters can copy the look of leno is by crossing elongated stitches and using a tapestry needle, fingers or a crochet hook to weave embellishing elements (the “weft threads”) through the knit stitches that create the “warp.” In this tutorial we’ll look at ways to mimic leno weaving techniques using elongated knit stitches that are either twice- or thrice-wrapped.
From bottom to top: doubled yarn woven in two-stitch (1/1) leno with stitches twisted right over left; left over right; and in a pattern alternating the two across a row.