Brunello was inspired by my love for
this time of the year: not-quite-summer,
not-quite-autumn, and full of days with the potential to wear
these kinds of romantic and flirty layers. This is a sweater
for beach-walking, for evening-deck-lounging and for enjoying
a glass of red while watching the sunset.
This pattern uses texture
and gauge to help shape the size and fit
of the fabric. You’ll be working
several knit-on borders in ways that either
create a gentle flare, such as around the
bottom of the garment, or help pull in
the fabric, such as around the sleeves
and top of the neck.
You’ll begin by casting on for the neck and working raglan-style
increases using an eyelet pattern. After splitting off the sleeves, tucks
will be worked across the center back to provide shaping. Then, you’ll
knit a sideways bottom border of wide lace. Finally, you’ll work
a small sawtooth border around the front and neck edges.
Swenson photos: Sandra
XS[S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X] (shown in size L)
Chest: 28[31, 35, 39, 43.5, 48.5, 51.5] inches
Length: 23[24, 25, 25, 26, 26.5, 27] inches from shoulder Note: Chest measurement is based on back width. Combined fronts are several
inches narrower than back, to allow for width of edging.
Laces Green Line DK [100% Organic Merino;
145yd/133m per 57g skein]; color: Manzanita; 5[6, 7, 7, 8, 9,
Recommended needle size [always use a needle
size that gives you the gauge
listed below -- every knitter's
gauge is unique]
US #7/4.5mm circular needle, 32 inches or longer
set US #7/4.5mm double-point needles
Stitch holders or waste yarn
sts/27 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch
PATTERN NOTES [Knitty's list of standard abbreviations and techniques can be found here.]
Single Join: Sl last st of edging , p next st of sweater, pass
slipped st over.
Double Join: Sl last st of edging, p next 2 sts of sweater
together, pass slipped st over.
Tuck 4: Insert tip of right needle into
back loops of first and fourth sts on left needle; k these
sts together, but do not drop sts from left needle; drop
first st off left needle, k next 2 sts, k next st through
Tuck 5: Insert tip of right needle into
back loops of first and fifth sts on left needle; k these
sts together, but do not drop sts from left needle; drop
first st off left needle, k next 3 sts, k next st through
kfbf: Knit into front, then back, then front again, of
next st. 1 st increased to 3 sts.
k3tog: Knit next 3 sts together. 2 sts decreased.
k4tog: Knit next 4 sts together. 3 sts decreased.
yo2: Yarn over twice (wrap yarn twice around right needle,
from front to back).
The lower edging of this sweater uses a provisional cast
on. Use your preferred provisional
cast on technique; directions for one technique
may be found here.
Instructions for the Backward Loop
Cast On can be found
YOKE Using circular needle, CO 64[67, 69, 71, 79, 83, 87] sts.
Note: Read ahead! Raglan shaping and neckline shaping
are worked at the same time.
Set-up Row [WS]: P6[6, 6, 6, 8, 8, 8], place marker, p10,
place marker, p32[35, 37, 39, 43, 47, 51], place marker,
p10, place marker, p6[6, 6, 6, 8, 8, 8].
Row 1 [RS]: [K to 3 sts before marker, yo, ssk, yo, k1,
slip marker, k1, yo, k2tog, yo] four times, k to end. 8
Rows 2, 4, 6 [WS]: P all sts.
Row 3 [RS]: [K to 2 sts before marker,
yo, k2, slip marker, k2, yo] four times, k to end. 8 sts
Row 5 [RS]: (Note: Neckline shaping begins
on this row for sizes XS and 3X.)
[K to 1 st before marker, yo, k1, slip
marker, k1, yo] four times, k to end. 8 sts increased.
Row 7 [RS]: (Note: Neckline shaping begins
on this row for sizes S, M, L, 1X, 2X.)
[K to marker, remove marker, yo2] four
times, k to end. 8 sts increased.
Row 8 [WS]: [P to yo2, k first yo, place
marker, p second yo] four times, p to end.
Repeat Rows 1-8 once more, then work
Rows 1-2 once more. (Note:
While shaping yoke, remember to work neckline shaping as
directed below.) 142[143, 145,
147, 155, 159, 165] sts.
Puffed Sleeve Increase Row [RS]: *K to
2 sts before marker, yo, k2, slip marker,
k2, yo, k4, [kfbf, k2] five times, kfbf,
k4, yo, k2, slip marker, k2, yo; repeat
from * once, k to end. 174[175, 177, 179,
187, 191, 197] sts.
Work Rows 4-8, then work Rows
1-8 0[1, 2, 3, 4, 4, 5]
times more. For sizes XS and 2X only, work Rows
1-4 once more.
AT THE SAME TIME: The first
time you work Row 5[7, 7, 7, 7, 7, 5], begin
neckline shaping as follows:
Neckline Increase Row [RS]: K2, m1, work
in pattern to last 2 sts, m1, k2.
Work 5[7, 7, 7, 7, 7, 5] rows in pattern.
Repeat these 6[8, 8, 8, 8, 8, 6] rows
2[2, 4, 4, 4, 4, 6] times more, then work Neckline
Increase Row once more. Total of 4[4, 6, 6, 6, 6, 8] sts have been
increased at each front edge.
208[227, 265, 299, 339, 359, 383] sts when all raglan
and neckline shaping rows have been worked: 24[26, 32,
36, 42, 44, 48] sts for each front, 50[54, 62, 70, 78,
82, 86] sts for each sleeve, and 60[67, 77, 87, 99, 107,
115] sts for back.
Continue in stockinette st until work
measures 7[7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5] inches, measured at center
back, ending with a WS row.
LOWER BODY Note: As you work the next row, remove markers
as you come to them.
Dividing Row [RS]: K to first marker,
place next 50[54, 62, 70, 78, 82, 86] sts (all sts to second
marker) on waste yarn, CO 10[10, 10, 10, 10, 14, 14] sts
using backward loop method, k to third marker, place next
50[54, 62, 70, 78, 82, 86] sts on waste yarn, CO 10[10,
10, 10, 10, 14, 14] sts, k to end. 128[139, 161, 179, 203,
223, 239] sts.
Continue in stockinette st until work
measures 3[3.5, 4, 4, 4.5, 4.5, 4.5] inches from underarm,
ending with a RS row.
Note: At this point, sweater length should
be approx. 1.5 inches above level of waist. This is a good
time to slip all sts to waste yarn and try on sweater,
adjusting length if necessary before proceeding to waist
Next Row [WS]: P48[49, 60, 69, 81, 82, 90], place marker,
p32[41, 41, 41, 41, 59, 59], place marker, p48[49, 60,
69, 81, 82, 90].
Shape Waist: Row 1 [RS]: K to first marker, [Tuck
5, k4] 3[4, 4, 4, 4, 6, 6] times, Tuck 5, k to end. Even-Numbered Rows 2-18 [WS]: P all sts. Rows 3, 5: Work as for Row 1. Row 7 [RS]: K to first marker, [Tuck
5, Tuck 4] 3[4, 4, 4, 4, 6, 6] times, Tuck 5, k to end. Rows 9, 11, 13: Work as for Row 7. Rows 15, 17, 19: Work as for Row 1.
When all rows of waist shaping are complete,
remove markers. Continue in stockinette st until work measures
9[9.5, 10, 10, 10.5, 10.5, 10.5] inches from underarm or
7 inches less than desired length to lower edge, ending
with a RS row.
Continuing from end of last row and using
a provisional cast on method, CO 21 sts.
These 21 sts will form the lower edging. As the edging is worked, sts
of the edging will be worked together with sts of the sweater. Set-up Row [WS]: K20, sl 1, p1, pass
slipped st over (last st of edging passed over first st
Work sts of edging following Lower Edging Chart, joining
edging together with sts of sweater as indicated, until
all sts of sweater have been worked; end with a WS row.
Count edging sts. Next Row [RS]: Sl 1, k to end, evenly
decreasing if necessary so that you end up with 21 sts.
Break yarn. Place all sts on a double-point
FRONT AND NECK EDGING
Carefully remove waste
yarn from provisional CO edge of lower edging, and place
resulting 21 live sts on circular needle; join yarn with
RS facing, k21. Continuing from these sts, pick up and k
51[55, 59, 59, 63, 63, 67] sts along right front edge (approx.
1 st for every 2 rows; see note below), place marker, pick
up and k 60[66, 66, 66, 78, 78, 86] sts along CO neckline
edge (approx. 1 st in each CO st), place marker, pick up
and k 52[56, 60, 60, 64, 64, 68] sts along left front edge,
k held sts of lower edging.
Note: Don't worry if you don't get the exact number of
picked-up sts indicated above, especially if you have changed
the length of the garment. Count sts in each section (right
front edge, neck edge, left front edge), and make a note
of the number of sts in each section. (Sts of lower edging
count as front edge sts). Ideally, you should have the
following: Right front edge: multiple of 4 sts Neckline edge: multiple of 6 sts Left front edge: multiple of 4 sts +
You may find that just moving the markers
over 1 or 2 sts will give you the right number of sts in
If the number of sts does not work out to be the number
you need, make a note of how many extra sts you have in
each section. When working the edging over that section,
work a double join (instead of a single join) for each
extra st you have; if you need to work more than one extra
double join in a section, be sure to space them out so
that the fabric does not pucker.
Note that the edging is joined at a more frequent rate
over the neckline than it is over the front edges; this
will help the neckline sit properly, and will prevent the
edging from flaring out.
Continuing from end of picked-up sts,
CO 7 sts using backward loop Continuing
from end of picked-up sts, CO 7 sts using backward loop
method. Set-up Row [WS]: K6,
sl 1, p1, pass slipped st over.
Work sts of edging following Front Edging
Chart, joining edging together with sts of sweater as indicated,
to first marker; work Neck and Sleeve Edging Chart to next
marker; work Front Edging Chart until all sts have been
worked, ending with a WS row.
BO all sts.
SLEEVES Note: When picking up sts along underarm edge,
pick up and k 1 st in each CO st and 1 st at each corner
between CO sts and held sts.
Place 50[54, 62, 70, 78, 82, 86] held
sts of one sleeve on double-point needles. With RS facing,
using a new needle and beginning at center of CO underarm
edge, pick up and k 6[6, 6, 6, 6, 8, 8] sts to beginning
of held sts, k all held sts, pick up and k 6[6, 6, 6, 6,
8, 8] sts to center of underarm. 62[66, 74, 82, 90, 98,
102] sts. Place marker and join to begin working in the
Round 1: K15[17, 21, 25, 29, 33, 35], place marker, k32,
place marker, k15[17, 21, 25, 29, 33, 35]. Round 2: K all sts. Round 3: K to marker, [k2, k4tog, k2]
four times, k to end. 50[54, 62, 70, 78, 86, 90] sts. Round 4: K all sts. Round 5: K to marker, [k1, k3tog, k1]
four times, k to end. 42[46, 54, 62, 70, 78, 82] sts.
Sizes XS, S, M, 1X, 2X Only:
K 1 round, evenly increasing 1[3, 1,
-, 3, 1, -] sts and removing markers. 43[49, 55, -, 73,
78, -] sts.