Sock yarn is a fine-gauge yarn. It does not knit up fast. Linen stitch is compressed. It does not knit up fast. Linen stitch in sock yarn? Double the snail-ness of the pace.
Fortunately, Denise of Needles & Things gave me a suggestion from a friend of hers. Knit it in the round she said. No nasty purls to slow you down. It was possible to go slower? By the middle of the second row of 500 stitches, trying to Linen Stitch in purl, I knew that I would never knit this scarf and remain sane. Despite having to re-cast-on those 500 stitches, Denise's friend's idea started to hold great appeal. I frogged and started over.
To knit it in the round, I needed a 'steek'. Those 'steek' stitches, unravelled, would form the fringe. I cast on the 500 stitches for the Linen Stitch scarf plus 30 extra stitches for thestockinet stitch 'steek'. You can see the difference in depth of stockinet versus the compressed Linen Stitch
Changing colours at the beginning of each row, I left a long tail. In hind sight, the 30 stitches provided enough of a 'tail' of yarn and I probably didn't need the 'long tail'. No matter. No harm done and not enough wasted to be a bother.
If possible I like to knit a scarf lengthwise. Much less 'to-ing and fro-ing'. The initial cast-on can seem endless, but once started, the thought of only knitting five inches is very motivating. Especially in sock-weight, Linen Stitch.
Last night I cast off and cut up the centre of those 30 stitches.
Yes, I know, the loom might have been cheaper. But the scarf is finished. I like it. The colours are wonderful and the never-ending-ness will become less a pain and more a great story with each wearing.