Experience the lusciousness of syncopated brioche in this dramatically colorful jacket. DK and worsted weight yarns compose the modular fabric. Start with the back brioche section and then pick up stitches for the marled short row shoulders and ribbed sleeves. The front panels and collar are picked up and knit so you don’t have to seam any sections together. The brioche sections feature a main color striped with accent pops every two rows, a great color popportunity to eat up those leftover bits of yarn! The sleeves and front panels are customizable, so you can adjust the length to suit your proportions. Flip the garment upside down Westknits style for an extra fashionable flair!
Sizes One Size with a short/long sleeve length option and a short jacket / long coat option.
Sample shown on a 42” / 107cm chest circumference. The garment size is intended for a 38-54” / 97-137cm chest circumference given the recommended gauge (15 sts = 4” / 10cm in two-color brioche stitch). The style is meant to fit as a loose drapey layer.
For a larger size (55-63” / 140-160cm chest circumference), I recommend aiming for a gauge of 13 sts = 4” / 10cm in two-color brioche with worsted or aran weight yarn. This will yield an approximate back width of 31” / 79cm.
For a smaller size (28-37” / 71-94cm), I recommend aiming for a gauge of approximately 19 sts = 4” / 10cm in two-color brioche with DK weight yarn. This will yield an approximate back width of 21” / 53cm and the jacket will still have an oversized drapey fit, but the proportions will not be too overwhelming.
You can decide the sleeve and body length as you knit.
Finished Measurements 26” / 66cm back width Larger numbers inside the parentheses indicate the length of the long coat version. 26 (42)” / 66 (107)cm back length measured along the entire brioche section from CO to BO. 13” / 33cm front length measured from side to center 4” / 10cm collar length measured from the back 20” / 51cm sleeve circumference Short sleeves - 9” / 23cm long Long sleeves - 19” / 48cm long
I recommend knitting the short sleeves unless you are very tall and want the long dramatic sleeve length. The front length is customizable so you can knit those panels longer for a more dramatic draped effect.
Yarn DK or worsted weight
Yardage Yardage: MC - 700yds / 640m for the waist length version. 1000yds / 914m for the long coat.
CC - 680yds / 530m for the waist length version. 980yds / 896m for the long coat. These are the color pop stripes on the back & front brioche sections.
Long Sleeves require 4 different colors with 200yds / 183m for each color (orange, gold, green, blue) Approximately 50yds / 46m required for each sleeve hem
Short Sleeves require 4 different colors with 100yds / 91m for each color (green, purple, burgundy, lime green) Approximately 50yds / 46m required for each sleeve hem
Shoulders - Samples shown using 2 strands held together for a marled effect, so each strand requires 200yds / 183m. If you are using a single strand of DK or worsted weight, you only need 200yds / 183m total.
Collar - 75yds / 69m (blue collar on the long sleeve version)
The main color is held constantly throughout the back and front pieces for 2-row stripes. The contrast color changes after each 2-row stripe. Break yarn after each contrast color stripe for decorative fringe.
Needles 40” US 7 / 4.5mm circular
Notions 3 stitch markers, tapestry needle
Gauge 15 sts & 24 rows = 4” / 10cm in two-color brioche stitch for sample size
I recommend using a mixture of hand dyed superwash wools along with lofty non-superwash yarns like Brookyn Tweed SHELTER, De Rerum Natura Gilliatt, or Woolfolk Luft. Non-superwash wools help add more structure and body to the fabric so it doesn’t stretch and look too saggy. When I knit large garments, I prefer to mix different types of yarns together for textural variety in the fabric. I also prefer a more dense gauge so the stitches don’t look too loosey goosey, not too tight or too loose.
Long Sleeve Version MC - Woolfolk Luft, Color - 6L Black CC - various DK & worsted weight yarns including Qing Fibre Supersoft DK & Merino Aran, Walk Collection Merino DK, & Hedgehog Fibres Merinos DK
Shoulders - Woolfolk Tynd fingering weight wool held double. 1 strand white + 1 strand black
Long Sleeves - Hedgehog Fibre Merino Aran & Merino DK in Pollen, Pucker, & Glacier. The green stripes are fingering weight sock yarn held double.
Sleeve Hems - Hedgehog Fibres Merino DK in Egg Yolk & Hush Collar - Blue Sky Alpacas Extra, Color - 3515 North Atlantic
Short Sleeve Version MC - Qing Fibre Merino Aran, Color - Sea Breeze CC - various DK & worsted weight yarns including Qing Fibre Supersoft DK, Merino Aran, & Melted Baby Suri, Walk Collection Merino DK, Hedgehog Fibres Merinos DK, & De Rerum Natura Gilliatt
Short Sleeves & Sleeve Hems - Walk Collection Merino DK (copper orange)
Shoulders - 1 strand Walk Collection Merino DK held together with 1 strand Qing Fibre Melted Baby Suri Collar - Gray wool