White Russian by Thea Colman

White Russian

January 2010
Queensland DK Tweed
DK (11 wpi) ?
5 stitches and 7 rows = 1 inch
in stockinette
900 - 1300 yards (823 - 1189 m)
XS 32/34 - XL. Read below for XL notes.
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Pattern is not available right now, as I am working on an update and will re-release this winter (2019/2020)

An easy to wear tunic, knit top down, with a simple lace pattern and a few details like side shaping and a button flap. The neck is roomy without being too much, and the sleeves are short and tapered (altered after the first test knitting…)

I used the Jo Sharp for it’s softness and the little bit of drape that the yarn has, but this would work well in many other DK tweeds or fibers.

A NOTE ON LG SIZES - This has extra ease at the bust in the larger sizes – it worked out that way with the extra lace repeat, and I hate how lace stretches over boobs, so I was happy with the extra room for the sizes that usually need it there.

It’s 43 around for the L if you combine front and back, 46 for the XL, when you separate for sleeves. And as you add on stitches for the sides, you can build in an extra 4-6 inches (2-3 ea side), or keep things on the smaller side if you don’t need the additional room.

Note on needle size switch - after you work the neck funnel on 7s, switch to 6s for the set up row and the body. 7s again for the bottom ribbing. I left the sleeve ribbing on 6s since I like them to pull in.

Yardage by size:


850(900,1000,1200,1300) yds