Kusama by Julie Hoover
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January 2015
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
14 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in Purled Garter Mesh Pattern with Size A needle(s), after blocking
US 10 - 6.0 mm
US 9 - 5.5 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
1205 - 1760 yards (1102 - 1609 m)
41¼ (44½, 48, 51½, 54¾, 58¼)” circumference at bust
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Purled garter mesh worked on a large needle creates an open fabric perfect for oversized layering. Kusama features split curved shirttail hems shaped with short rows; all pieces are worked flat and seamed, both for structure and for breezy all-rows-the-same knitting. Extra-long sleeves are designed to roll back. We’ve styled this tunic with 11” of ease; choose a size that gives you about 6” of ease if you prefer less volume.


1205 (1315, 1430, 1530, 1640, 1760) yards of worsted weight wool yarn


9 (10, 11, 11, 12, 13) skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Shelter (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 140 yards/50g)
Photographed in color Pumpernickel


14 stitches & 26 rows = 4″ in Purled Garter Mesh Pattern with Size A needle(s), after blocking


Size A (for Main Fabric)
One pair of straight needles or a 24″ circular needle in size needed to obtain gauge listed
Suggested Size: 6 mm (US 10)

Size B (for Neckband)
One 16″ circular needle one size smaller than Size A
Suggested Size: 5½ mm (US 9)

Size C (optional; for Tubular Bind Off only)
One 16″ circular needle and one spare circular needle (any length), one size smaller than Size B
Suggested Size: 5 mm (US 8)

Knitter’s preferred style of needle may be used

Finished Dimensions

41¼ (44½, 48, 51½, 54¾, 58¼)” circumference at bust
Intended Ease: + 6–10″
Sample shown is size 44½” with + 11½” ease on model

Tutorials for all special techniques listed below are included in the pattern
Short Rows: Yarn Over Method
Sloped Bind Off
2×2 Tubular Bind Off
Kitchener Stitch (Grafting)

Skill Level

3 out of 5