Brioche Lane Sweater – new pattern

My designing adventure in the garment world continues. I’ve become a little addicted to creating sweaters and cardigans. And brioche crochet became one of my favorite crochet techniques. So why not to combine them into something? A few months ago I got an idea of an oversized cropped summery sweater with slim short sleeves. And today the pattern is ready for release. Let me introduce – Brioche Lane Sweater.
Modern oversized sweater with cropped fit and short sleeves

The pattern is available on Etsy HERE and Ravelry HERE with 20% discount though Monday, April 27th, 2020. The price you see is already discounted and you don’t need any codes.

Recently I have taken an online class in grading knitwear garments (ohh, how thankful I am to find this course!), and Brioche Lane Sweater was the first one to which I applied my new knowledge. So it comes in more sizes than my previous garment designs – XXS-4X to fit the bust 32-48”.
Brioche crochet
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The sweater was designed to fit with 8-15 in (20-38 cm) of positive ease at the bust and 1.25-2 in (3-5 cm) of positive ease at the upper arm. Because it’s an oversized design, it can also fit larger sizes. Just make sure to take accurate measurements of your actual bust and circumference of the upper arm to see which size might work best for you.

If you fall in between two sizes, I would suggest choosing the larger one. In the picture you can see size S (for bust 36”), and my actual bust is 35”. I like the spacious clothes, so I would probably go even for a wider one for myself.
Brioche crochet technique

The front of my new sweater is decorated with a brioche panel, and its width differs from size to size keep the final look of the sweater balanced. Brioche crochet is very easy to work, and progress pictures in the pattern will guide you through every round.

Because Brioche Lane Sweater was created as a summery garment, I chose Scheepjes Bamboo Soft yarn. It comes in nice and rich colors, and the yarn itself is very soft. My choice of colors was dark gray with golden. This combination is a bit out of my comfort zone (I am not a fan of yellow in general), but surprisingly I like it a lot. And I can already say that this summer my new brioche sweater will be one of the most worn pieces in my modest collection.
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You can have a look at Bamboo Soft colors at your local Scheepjes yarn shops, or order yarn online via international retailers (some of them might postpone shipping worldwide in the time of this blog post, because of the lockdown in many countries):

Wool Warehouse*, Black Sheep Wools*
Caro’s Atelier* (NL and Europe),
Taemombo* (US and Canada)

And for another version I used muted hand-dyed Merino Super Wash yarn from a local dyer. It’s warmer of course, but still not too warm and very nice against the skin.
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I am also very proud to show you work of my wonderful testers:

1. Sandra Veneman (L, Scheepjes Bamboo Soft)
2. Lisa Marlow (S, Scheepjes Skies)
3. Elizabeth Kalka (XS, Scheepjes Bamboo Soft)
4. Laura Jackson (XS, Scheepjes Bamboo Soft and Skies)
5. Esther Schippers (2X, Scheepjes Bamboo Soft)
6. Pam Hibbert (L, Scheepjes Bamboo Soft)
7. Loele van den Bergh (S, Scheepjes Bamboo Soft)
8. Sarah Fabbri (L, Scheepjes Organicon)
9. Jenna Bowers (L, Scheepjes Bamboo Soft)

How pretty are they?!..

And just to remind, Brioche Lane Sweater pattern is available on Etsy HERE and Ravelry HERE with 20% discount though Monday, April 27th, 2020. The price you see is already discounted and you don’t need any codes.

Wishing you peaceful weekend,

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