Duntara by Jennifer Beale


April 2023
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in Stranded colourwork worked in the round
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
913 - 1788 yards (835 - 1635 m)
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Duntara is an excuse to make an exception to knit stranded colourwork in 100% linen just for summer. To wear on those hot days when you really want to wear some awesome colourwork without the sweat factor. You might sweat a tiny bit knitting colourwork in linen yarn, but Duntara makes it worth it in the end! It’s a simple top-down top, with shoulder shaping and slightly different front & back neck shaping to help tell the difference when getting dressed. The beautiful colorwork patterning is perfectly complemented by an engaging yet simple lace that has a smattering of cables.


1(2,3,4)(5,6,7)(8,9,10) with finished body circumferences:

96.5(105,115,123.5)(133.5,141.5,151.5)(160,170,178.5)cm / 38(41.25,45.25,48.5)(52.5,55.75,59.75)(63,67,70.25)”.

Intended to be worn with 15cm to 25cm / 6” to 10” positive ease at chest. Sample shown is the size 2 on a 87cm / 34.25” chest, corresponding to 18cm / 7” ease at chest. A list of measurements is provided on page 4.


Quince & Co. Sparrow (100% organic linen; 155 metres / 168 yards per 50 grams) in 1 main colour (MC) and 5 contrast colours (CC1‐CC5). Colours and amounts are listed below. If using Quince & Co. Sparrow, the number of skeins is given in brackets, and if you are adding the optional lace armscye edging, you will need to factor in the additional edging amount required which is provided below the list.

MC Conche (4(4,4,5)(5,5,6)(6,7,7) skeins):
500(550,595,650)(695,750,810)(875,945,1005) metres / 545(600,650,710)(760,820,885)(955,1035,1100) yards

CC1 Fronde (1 skein):
85(95,105,110)(120,125,135)(140,150,155) metres /
95(105,115,120)(130,140,150)(155,165,170) yards

CC2 Milkweed (1 skein):
70(75,85,90)(100,105,110)(115,125,130) metres /
80(85,95,100)(110,115,120)(125,150,145) yards

CC3 Juniper (1 skein):
25(30,30,35)(35,40,40)(45,45,50) metres /
30(35,35,40)(40,45,45)(50,50,55) yards

CC4 Venice (1(1,1,1)(2,2,2)(2,2,2) skein(s)):
115(125,140,150)(160,170,185)(195,205,215) metres / 125(135,155,165)(175,185,205)(215,225,235) yards

CC5 Penny (1 skein):
40(45,50,50)(55,60,60)(65,70,75) metres /
45(50,55,55)(60,65,65)(75,80,85) yards

Note: if you work the optional armscye edging, you will need approximately 12(13,15,16)(17,18,20)(21,22,23) metres / 13 (15,17,18)(19,20,22)(23,24,26) yards more of MC.


Stockinette: 24 sts and 30 rows to 10cm / 4” with size A needles.
Lace: 24 sts and 27 rows/rnds to 10cm / 4” with size A needles.
Fair Isle: 24 sts and 28 rnds to 10cm / 4” with size B needles.

Needles and Notions

The gauges were achieved with the following needle sizes. To work the pattern as written, you must swatch and use a needle size that will result in the correct gauge after blocking.

Size A: 3.25mm (US 3) needles of varying lengths
Size B: 3.75mm (US 5) needles of varying lengths

You will also need: spare needles or interchangeable cables for holding sts, cable needle for cables; stitch markers; removable markers.

Tech edited by: Susan Hislop (Ravelry: Sue-Cat])