Bulky Brioche Raglan
For this generous raglan sweater, Ann Budd has knitted a bulky hand-dyed yarn in brioche stitch to give a vertical element to the inherent horizontal stripes. The sweater body and sleeves are worked in the round from the lower edges to the armholes, then joined and continued as a single piece to the loose, open neck. Ann shapes the armholes along raglan lines by working double decreases that maintain the integrity of the rib pattern. When the piece comes off the needles, the only seams to sew are at the underarms. If youve never worked brioche stitch in the round, practice the technique with Kelly Bridgess Brioche Helmet Hat on page 130.
Finished Size: 35 ¼ (38 ½, 41 ½, 44 ¾, 48)” (89.5 [98, 105.5, 11 3.5, 122 ] cm) bust/chest circumference. Sweater shown measures 41 ½” (105.5 cm).
Yarn: Black Forest Yarns Naturwolle (100% wool; 110 yd [110 m]/ 100 g): #60 potpourri, 7 (8, 9, 10, 11) skeins. Yarn distributed by Muench Yarns.
Yarn weight: #5 – Bulky
Gauge: 10 sts and 24 rnds
Needles: Size 11 (8 mm): 24″ (60-cm) circular (cir) and set of 4 or 5 double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge
Notions: Markers (m); open-ring or removable markers; stitch holders; tapestry needle.
Originally Published: Interweave Knits, Fall 2005