Boulevardier by Thea Colman


November 2020
DK (11 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette, textured pattern and 2x2 rib. Based on final, blocked fabric.
US 6 - 4.0 mm
1200 - 1850 yards (1097 - 1692 m)
41(43,45,48,50.5,53)(55,60,65,69.5,74.5)”/ 104(109.25,114.25,122,128.25,134.5)(139.75,152.5,165,176.5,189.25)cm
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Boulevardier is all about the drama of this texture, worked in different “stripes” across the sweater. It’s simple and completely addictive as each motif in the pattern is completed and the overall design grows. When worked a soft and satisfying yarn with just a touch of drape, the oversized fit and lines of pattern lie beautifully for a casual but polished look.

Knit in pieces and seamed for stability, Boulevardier is worked from the bottom up. Once the body is seamed together, the collar is knit in the round and sleeves are attached last. I also included a bit of armhole shaping in the dropped shoulder construction for a better fit in this slouchy sweater.

Julie’s new Melange N.1 is dyed in vibrant colors with just a touch of subtle shading, which creates a stunning fabric for the Boulevardier. I do recommend alternating skeins as you work.

Yardage by Size


41(43,45,48,50.5,53)(55,60,65,69.5,74.5)”/ 104(109.25,114.25, 122,128.25,134.5)(139.75,152.5,165,176.5,189.25)cm circumference around sweater body, based on finished fabric.

I’m wearing my Boulevardier with 8”/20.5cm of positive ease at bust. I suggest choosing the size that offers you 6-8”/15.25-20.5cm of positive ease at bust for fit as shown.

This sweater would work well with less ease if desired. I do not suggest choosing a size that allows for more than 8”/20.5cm of ease. If choosing a different fit, be sure to check all other measurements and modify if needed. Notes on altering sweater for length or width, for altering neckline, and for adjusting sleeves are included in pattern in spots where they may be helpful.



If substituting, you need a heavy DK or light worsted weight fiber. I suggest a yarn without too much color variegation, such as a speckle, tweed, lightly variegated hand dye or a heather, to allow the detail to shine.