Delia by Courtney Little


September 2019
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in (K5, K1TBL) repeat worked flat
US 4 - 3.5 mm
436 - 1480 yards (399 - 1353 m)
28.25-72.25”/72-183.5 cm finished bust
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Delia is a sister design to my Lydia tank, featuring a fun and breezy lace pattern and high-low split hem, V-neck shaping in the front leading up to a color change for the straps, and a flash of color worked into the back panel. Instructions are written for working flat from the bottom up, with both charted and written instructions for the lace. The straps are worked fully with the front panel and later attached to the back panel, and the body and strap lengths are easily customizable! Thank you so much to Rose of Akara Yarns for collaborating with me on this project, providing the beautiful yarn for the sample, and putting kits together for the release! The pattern sample is shown in Coyote (MC) and Gold Coin (CC). I hope you enjoy! Please email for questions and pattern support.


  • Intermediate level (but beginners welcome!)
  • Written in English and US terms
  • Skills to know: Cast on, knit, purl, lifted increases, decreases, twisted stitches, yarn over, three-needle bind off, and how to seam using mattress stitch
  • You’ll need: US size 4 (3.5mm) needles (or size needed to obtain gauge, 24-40” circulars recommended), waste yarn to place stitches on hold, stitch markers, an extra knitting needle for the three-needle bind off, pins for blocking, and a tapestry needle. Knit blockers, blocking wires and mats recommended but not necessary for blocking.
  • Yardage estimates sizes 1 (2, 3, 4, 5) (6, 7, 8, 9) (10, 11, 12), fingering weight yarn or yarn that works up to gauge (see schematic for finished measurements):
  • MC - 388 (461, 530, 610, 683) (775, 851, 950, 1023) (1136, 1209, 1330) yds / 355 (422, 485, 558, 625) (709, 778, 869, 935) (1039, 1106, 1216) m
  • CC - 48 (55, 63, 77, 81) (88, 103, 110, 114) (136, 143, 150) yds / 44 (50, 58, 70, 74) (80, 94, 101, 104) (124, 131, 137) m
  • Check out the tester projects for more yarn/fiber/color inspiration!

You’ll receive one PDF file including:

  • Complete written instructions on how to knit Delia in 12 different sizes (27 total pages, including the cover page and shaping charts for all sizes).
  • Both charted and written instructions for the lace pattern
  • Shaping charts for the front panel to help with instructions where multiple decreases are worked in the same row (a blank chart is also included to help with any modifications you may want to make to the shaping)
  • Links to helpful tutorials, including the bind off row for attaching the straps to the back panel coming soon!
  • A short photo guide showing how I block Delia

Notes on sizing:

This pattern is written for 12 sizes, ranging from 28.25-72.25 in/72-183.5 cm finished bust. Testers found that choosing a size with negative to no ease yielded the best fit. I would recommend at most zero ease at the bust. The original sample shows negative 1.25 in/3 cm ease at the bust. Delia is designed to have a high-low split hem, and can be customized as desired to fit your preference!
Please note: The armhole shaping and strap widths have been adjusted (not as wide) since the sample was knit/testing.

Schematic with measurements included in the Ravelry images section and pattern.

Pattern gauge:

4”/10 cm = 24 sts/32 rows in (K5, K1TBL) repeat worked flat
Each lace repeat measures 2.75”/7 cm wide at CO and 2”/5 cm at the end of the lace section; 6.75”/17 cm = 53 rows

Taken after wet blocking, using US size 5 (3.75mm) needles

Note: All measurements are approximate and taken after blocking. Inches are rounded to the nearest 0.25 in and centimeters to the nearest 0.5 cm.