BRIOCHE BUBBLE CREW PATTERN
I love the fit of a vintage sweatshirt. It draws in at the waist, it’s short and wide, the neck is somehow perfect. I wanted to make the perfect brioche sweater based on that classic fit. When I stopped in to my LYS Knit One Quilt Too in Barrington, RI I found the perfect yarn that pushed me to make this sweater happen. Often I have ideas for sweaters floating around but the perfect yarn can push me over the edge into make mode.
I don’t need to tell you all this, but knitting takes so long that the commitment level to any given project is massive. Not only is yarn pricey, but also the make time is weeks (at least in my case with a full time other job). The base yarn for this sweater is a sock weight yarn by Wonderland Yarns. Here is the link to the LYSs that carry it. The base is called “Mary Ann” and the color is called Blimey. I fell in love with that color and that yarn. I also like the idea of using sock yarn because the small nylon content will keep this sweater from growing. Brioche is known to endlessly grow so fighting it with something sturdy is a good idea. Then I needed to find a great mohair companion to the color which I found in Qing Fibre‘s Pond colorway of their kid mohair silk base.
My favorite thing about this mohair combo is that it does have a slight variegation to it so it keeps the knitting interesting as you go along. I like to envision a back lit 70’s photoshoot happening with this sweater at some point because the fuzz is thicc.
I designed the pattern to be as un-fussy as possible, mostly just straight brioche with the smallest amount of shaping. I like that this pattern requires brioche in the round as well as flat because its a good learning experience if you are knew to the stitch. I definitely took inspiration from my September Jacket adventure (pattern by Petite Knit) but changed the following things up:
- I used different yarns. Again, the nylon content will keep this sweater perky (which obviously means a different gauge)
- I used the opposite side of the decreases // increases because I prefer the look
- I made the sizing // grading to my preferences and took some of my followers suggestion for larger sizes.
- A key difference is that this is a crew and not a cardigan
- The sleeve construction follows the mod that I did to my September Jacket which I preferred to the more dramatically shaped one from that pattern
As a general grading note- if my pattern does not accommodate your size I am happy to grade it accordingly for free. My aim is always to fit as many people as possible.
One of my favorite learnings from the September Jacket is the 1×1 Sewn Bind Off technique that results in what looks like a tubular cast on. It’s so attractive. I love it.
I hope you will give my pattern a go, and let me know any mods you did because I love when people make it their own. Now onto the sleeve of my Adult Eye Sweater that I hope to release next!