Breaker by Norah Gaughan


January 2016
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
17 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch with Size A needle(s), after blocking
US 8 - 5.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
880 - 1475 yards (805 - 1349 m)
32¼ (36, 40, 43¾, 47½, 51¼)" circumference at chest
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A distinctive brioche hem is split and lapped at the front of this A-line pullover for effortless layering. Suspender stripes of textured stitches and three-quarter-length sleeves balance the silhouette for a flattering effect. Knit Breaker in a cheerful bright hue like Long Johns to give your wardrobe a lift or choose a warm neutral like Nest for a mellow garment that will go with everything.


880 (975, 1115, 1215, 1370, 1475) yards of worsted weight wool yarn


7 (7, 8, 9, 10, 11) skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Shelter (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 140 yards/50g)
Photographed in colors Almanac and Tent


17 stitches & 28 rows = 4” in stockinette stitch with Size A needle(s), after blocking
15 stitches & 40 rows = 4” in Brioche Stitch with Size B needle(s), after blocking
7 stitches of decorative panel on body = 1½“ wide

Note that for Brioche Stitch, each elongated stitch in a column of knit stitches represents two rows; when you count these it will appear that 20 rows = 4”.


Size A (for Main Fabric)
One 32” circular needle and one set of double-pointed needles (DPNs) in size needed to obtain gauge listed
Suggested Size: 5 mm (US 8)

Size B (for Ribbing)
One each 16” and 32” circular needle and one set of double-pointed needles, one size smaller than Size A
Suggested Size: 4½ mm (US 7)

32” circular needle can be used instead of DPNs if using the Magic Loop method for working small circumferences in the round (i.e., Sleeves).

Finished Dimensions

32¼ (36, 40, 43¾, 47½, 51¼)“ circumference at chest
Intended Ease: + 2–4”
Sample shown in Almanac is size 36” with 1” ease on model
Sample shown in Tent is size 36” with 4” ease on model

Tutorials for all special techniques listed below are included in the pattern:
Rib Cabled Cast On
Sloped Bind Off

Skill Level

4 out of 5