Walhalla Sweater by The Blue Mouse

Walhalla Sweater

Knitting
April 2019
DK (11 wpi) ?
12 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in Brioche Fabric in the Round (after blocking)
US 8 - 5.0 mm
890 - 2020 yards (814 - 1847 m)
Size 1 (2, 3, 4, 5) [6, 7, 8, 9, 10] || Finished Bust Measurements: 33.25 (38.75, 42.75, 45.25, 49.25) [53.25, 58.75, 64, 68, 70.75] inches, {84.5 (98, 108.5, 115, 125.5) [135.5, 149, 162.5, 172.5, 179.5] cm}
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This 1 color brioche sweater pattern is worked from the top down using raglan shaping with extra detailing worked in the front to create that unique diamond shape. This sweater can be made a normal sweater length or a little cropped depending on your preference.

The pattern is written for 1 color brioche with a special video tutorial made to explain the short row shaping of the back neck. If you want to make it in 2 colors you may have to get creative with the short rows. I’ve linked a couple sources I found on how to work 2 color brioche short rows, but the pattern doesn’t explain it, it explains it only in 1 color brioche.

MATERIALS

YARN - DK weight, approx:
Yardage may vary if your gauge/yarn is different

Full Length Version: 1110 (1305, 1370, 1430, 1530)1580, 1685, 1815, 1920, 2020 yards, {1015 (1193, 1252, 1307, 1399)1444, 1540, 1659, 1755, 1846 meters}

Cropped Version: 890 (1105, 1120, 1195, 1290)1345, 1470, 1720, 1825 yards, {814 (1010, 1024, 1092, 1179)1229, 1344, 1572, 1668 meters}

Sample uses: Ken Yarn DK {231 yards/100 grams, 100% Superwash Merino} in the colorway ‘Something Blue’

SIZING
Find the full sizing measurements & schematic a few photos down on this page
I recommend choosing a finished bust measurement that is around 4 - 11” {10-28 cm} larger than your actual bust measurement. Sample is size 4 with 9.25” {23.5 cm} of positive ease.

Size 1 (2, 3, 4, 5) 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

FINISHED BUST MEASUREMENTS
34.75 (40, 42.75, 45.25, 49.25) 53.25, 58.75, 64, 66.75, 69.25 inches, {88.5 (101.5, 108.5, 115, 125.5) 135.5, 149, 162.5, 169.5, 176 cm}

NEEDLES

US 8 (5.0 mm) 16” {40 cm}, and 32” {80 cm} (or longer) and your preferred sleeve needles (12” {30 cm}, DPNs or magic loop)
Or size needed to match gauge

OTHER MATERIALS

Yarn Needle, Stitch Markers

GAUGE

Blocked brioche fabric in the round
12 sts/24 rounds = 4” (10 cm)

If you have to stretch your swatch too far to match gauge, consider going up a needle size or two. If you stretch the fabric too far it will lose the great squish factor of brioche.

Be careful when swatching, I really recommend you make a large swatch. Especially if you’re using superwash yarn because your sweater will likely stretch a lot when wet blocking at the end because of the nature of brioche and SW yarn. If you make a large swatch at the start you’re likely to get a more accurate reading on how the sweater will behave in the end.

NOTES

  • There are video tutorials linked along the way, and a specific one I made for the 1 color brioche short row section

  • This pattern is written for 1 color brioche, but if you’re an adventurous knitter and you want to use 2 colors you will have to be a little creative with the short row section. I’ve linked a few tutorials similar to that topic in the pattern.

  • This pattern has been professionally tech edited and test knit, unfortunately I was unable to find testers for sizes 8, 9 & 10 (although they have been tech edited), so if you knit those sizes and find any issues please email me.