Riptide by Norah Gaughan


January 2016
Bulky (7 wpi) ?
14 stitches and 21 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch with Size A needle(s), after blocking
US 10½ - 6.5 mm
US 9 - 5.5 mm
1300 - 2015 yards (1189 - 1843 m)
37¼ (40½, 45¼, 48½, 53¼, 56½)" circumference at chest
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A plush brioche cowl finishes the distinctive eight-point cabled yoke of this snuggly pullover. Gentle A-line shaping makes Riptide comfortable and cozy. The knitting is seamless, with the body and sleeves worked in the round from the single-ribbed hem and cuffs upward and then united for the circular yoke. Cleverly placed brioche helps to lower the front neck without the use of short rows and smoothly transitions to a cowl knit from the live stitches. Knit in chunky-weight Quarry, this sweater will fly off the needles. Riptide makes a good canvas for our darker colors, as the bold and simple pattern won’t be lost.


The body and sleeves are worked circularly from the lower edge to the underarms. They are then joined and the yoke is worked in one piece. The collar is continued from the yoke stitches.


1300 (1400, 1585, 1685, 1910, 2015) yards of chunky weight wool yarn


7 (7, 8, 9, 10, 11) skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Quarry (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 200 yards/100g)
Photographed in color Moonstone


14 stitches & 21 rounds = 4” in stockinette stitch with Size A needle(s), after blocking
11½ stitches & 34 rounds = 4” in Brioche Rib with Size A needle(s), after blocking
Note that for Brioche Rib, each elongated stitch in a column of knit stitches represents two rounds; when you count these it will appear that 17 rounds = 4”


Size A (for Main Fabric)
One each 16”, 24” and 32” circular needles and one set of double-pointed needles (DPNs) in size needed to obtain gauge listed
Suggested Size: 6½ mm (US 10½)

Size B (for Ribbing)
One 32” circular needle and one set of DPNs, two sizes smaller than Size A
Suggested Size: 5½ mm (US 9)

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

37¼ (40½, 45¼, 48½, 53¼, 56½)“ circumference at chest
Sample shown is size 40½” with 8½“ ease on model

Need help picking a size? See our resource page on Selecting a Sweater Size

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

Skill Level

3 out of 5