Knitting for women Knitting Pullovers Brioche rib pullover with cable pattern

Brioche rib pullover with cable pattern

Brioche rib pullover with cable pattern

Short and boxy: The 80's look is celebrating a comeback. Here is an elegant variation - made with a soft alpaca mix and a spectacular oversized turtleneck.

Sizes: Medium (Large)

Instructions are for size Medium. Changes for size Large are in parentheses. If there is only one number it applies to both sizes.


Lana Grossa "Alta Moda Superbaby Fine" (63% Merino Wool, 27% Baby Alpaca, 10% Polyamide, yardage = 105 m/25 g) 400 (450) g off white/light gray heather (#7).

Knitting needles, one pair each sizes US 6 and 7 (4 and 4.5mm), one circular needle size US 6 (4mm).

Rib Pat: K1, P1 Rib

Half Brioche Rib in rows:

Row 1 (RS): K1 (selvage st), p1, *with yarn in front of work sl 1 st purlwise, bring yarn to back around needle to make a yo (called sl 1 st with yo), p1; rep from *, end k1 (selvage st).

Row 2 (WS): K1 (selvage st), k1, *p the next st tog with yo, k1; rep from *, end k1 (selvage st). Rep rows 1 and 2.

Cable-Brioche Pattern: Follow the Chart.


Half Brioche Rib with US 7 (4.5mm) needles: 19 sts and 34 rows = 4 x 4"/10 x 10 cm.

38 sts Cable-Brioche Pat: approx 6"/15 cm wide. 

Back: With size US 6 (4mm) needles cast on 111 (119) sts and work in Rib Pat for 3/4"/2 cm. Change to US 7 (4.5mm) needles and cont in pat as foll: K1 (selvage st), 35 (39) sts Half Brioche Rib, 38 sts Cable-Brioche Pat following chart, 36 (40) sts Half Brioche Rib, k1 (selvage st). Cont in pats as established until piece measures 12 1/2"/32 cm from beg. For the armhole shaping bind off 7 sts at beg of next 2 rows = 97 (105) sts. Work even until armhole measures 7 (8)"/18 (20) cm. Bind off.

Front: Work same as Back until piece measures 17 (17 3/4)"/43 (45) cm from beg. For the neck shaping bind off the center 17 sts and working both sides at once, bind off from each neck edge 2 sts twice and dec 1 st every 2nd row 8 times. When same length as back, bind off rem 28 (32) sts each side for shoulders.

Sleeves: With size US 6 (4mm) needles cast on 41 (49) sts and work in Rib Pat for 3/4"/2 cm. Change to US 7 (4.5mm) needles and work in Half Brioche Rib and inc 1 st each side every 12th row 4 times and every 10th row 10 times, working inc sts into rib = 69 (77) sts. Work even until piece measures 20"/50.5 cm from beg. Bind off. 

Finishing: Sew shoulder seams. For the collar, with WS facing and circular needle, pick up and k 102 sts evenly around neck edge. Join and work in rnds in K1, P1 Rib for 3/4"/2 cm. Cont in Half Brioche Rib as foll: Rnd 1: *p the purl sts, work the k sts as sl 1 with yo; rep from * around. Rnd 2: P the purl sts and k the k st and yo tog. Rep rnds 1 and 2 until collar measures approx 9"/23 cm. Bind off sts loosely. Set in sleeves. Sew side and sleeve seams.