Julie Hoover’s Copley in Blackbird Linen reminds us once again that when it comes to beautiful garments, less really is more.

Julie Hoover For Purl Soho: Copley in Blackbird Linen | Purl Soho

Master of the elevated basic, Julie has you knit this drop-shoulder dress in pieces, finishing with seams that provide some structure and a simple counterbalance to the drape of this linen fabric.

Julie Hoover For Purl Soho: Copley in Blackbird Linen | Purl Soho

You start by knitting the front and back pieces from the bottom up. After finishing the pockets and seaming the shoulders, you pick up stiches for a quick little neckband, then move on to the sleeves, which you pick up and knit flat. You finish by seaming the sleeves and sides, and then you get to slip this stunner over your head to relax in its airy beauty.

Julie Hoover For Purl Soho: Copley in Blackbird Linen | Purl Soho

Long-lasting and easy to care for, our Blackbird Linen is a wonderful choice for Julie’s wear-everyday dress. This gorgeous 100% French linen has an earthy character and linen’s characteristic cool touch that wicks away moisture, so you stay comfortable through spring, summer, and fall. And it gets softer with every wash, so the more you wear your Copley, the more your love for it will grow!

Julie Hoover For Purl Soho: Copley in Blackbird Linen | Purl Soho

The colors of Blackbird Linen are rich and expressive with a subtle sheen. Bold but not loud, pick the glowing Warm Copper of our version or a neutral shade like Natural Flax. In these, or any of the other fifteen shades, the simple elegance of this linen will shine!

Julie Hoover For Purl Soho: Copley in Blackbird Linen | Purl Soho

Designed for Purl Soho by Julie Hoover. Currently based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Julie Hoover designs knitwear and makes yarn, for both her own personal label and others. Her work reflects a lifelong passion for clothing and textiles, and her view that knitting is a beautiful way of creating timeless fashion, a thoughtful mix of quality and creativity, intention and care.

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MATERIALS

Julie Hoover For Purl Soho: Copley in Blackbird Linen | Purl Soho

GAUGE

18 stitches and 29 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch

SIZES

NOTE For help picking a size, please check out our Understanding Ease + Selecting Size Tutorial!

36 (40, 44, 48) (52, 56, 60, 64)

To fit actual chest circumference of 30–33 (34–37, 38–41, 42–45) (46–49, 50–53, 54–57, 58–61) inches, with approximately 3–6 inches of ease

  • Finished Chest Circumference: 36 (40, 44, 48) (52, 56, 60, 64) inches
  • Finished Length from Shoulder to Bottom Edge: 36¼ (36¾, 38¼, 38¾) (40¼, 40¾, 42¼, 42¾) inches
  • Finished Length from Underarm to Bottom Edge: 25 (25, 26, 26) (27, 27, 28, 28) inches
  • Finished Sleeve Length from Underarm to Cuff: 10 (10, 10, 10) (9½, 9, 8½, 8) inches
  • Length from Center Neck to Cuff: 21 (22, 23, 24) (24½, 25, 25½, 26) inches
  • Length from Shoulder to Underarm: 11¼ (11¾, 12¼, 12¾) (13¼, 13¾, 14¼, 14¾) inches

Sample: The sample shown here is size 44 worn with 10 inches of ease (although outside of the recommended ease, we also like this very loose fit!)

PATTERN

Julie Hoover For Purl Soho: Copley in Blackbird Linen | Purl Soho

The Copley Pattern is available for purchase as a PDF download only.

Julie Hoover For Purl Soho: Copley in Blackbird Linen | Purl Soho
Julie Hoover For Purl Soho: Copley in Blackbird Linen | Purl Soho
Julie Hoover For Purl Soho: Copley in Blackbird Linen | Purl Soho