Brutach – The Stolen Stitches Autumn Knit-along

Are you ready to fall in love with brioche knitting?

We know that some of you have been patiently waiting for the next knit-along (KAL) and the time has come to release all the details. We are about to drool over yarn colours, work up those swatches and start taking measurements as we get ready for the Brutach sweater.

Green Handknit brioche sweater in nua yarn driftglass
Brutach Sweater Front Cropped

Brutach Sweater Construction

This cropped brioche sweater is warm, cosy, and really fun to knit! Hear about the entire sweater (from construction to that gorgeous Nua Worsted yarn) in Carol’s own words here:

Need some brioche knitting help?

Now if brioche knitting is new to you and you want to feel a bit more comfortable with it before taking on this knit-along we have a free Brioche Basics course on Teachable here that will teach you all you need to know.

Brutach Sweater Modifications

This sweater is knit from the top down so it’s super easy to change the length of the body and sleeves to suit your own taste.

The body of the sweater is a more cropped style and several of our test knitters worked two more repeats of the front panel to increase the body length. Just ensure you have enough extra yarn for these repeats. Estimates are given in the yardage detail section of the pattern.

I would suggest a generous amount of positive ease for this sweater especially for smaller sizes as with the drop shoulder construction you want the top of the shoulder to come a bit down your arm for a comfortable fit. Large sizes can often work with a smaller amount of ease as the shoulder will frequently already be further down the arm.

Side image of green Brutach handknit sweater
Brutach Sweater Side


Clue 1: 7th October 2021 – it all kicks off!

Clue 2: 21st October 2021

Clue 3: 4th November 2021

Final Prize: 18th November 2021


Please note that the style of Brutach is cropped BUT there are yarn details given for extra length if you would like to make this sweater longer.

Brioche stitch is super stretchy and the gauge given is very lightly stretched. This means that if you block very gently without stretching, the sweater will fit you with less positive ease.


Stolen Stitches ‘Nua Worsted’ (60% Merino, 20% Yak, 20% Linen; 109 yds / 100 m per 1.76 oz / 50 g); colour: Driftglass (9901); 9 (10, 11, 12, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18) skeins

Approx Yardage: 1003 (1077, 1174, 1296, 1406, 1461, 1568, 1684, 1758, 1895) yds / 916 (984, 1072, 1184, 1286, 1335, 1433, 1540, 1607, 1732) m

Every 1” / 2.5 cm extra in body length requires an extra 35 (38, 41, 43, 45, 49, 51, 55, 57, 60) yds / 32 (35, 37, 39, 41, 45, 46, 50, 52, 56) m


To Fit Actual Bust Circumference Up To: 32.75 (37, 39.25, 41.25, 43.5, 47.75, 49.75, 54.25, 56.25, 60.5)” / 83 (94, 99.5, 105, 110.5, 121.5, 126.5, 138, 143, 153.5) cm

4-8″ / 10 – 20 cm of positive ease recommended.


Finished Bust Circumference: 36.75 (41, 43.25, 45.25, 47.5, 51.75, 53.75, 58.25, 60.25, 64.5)” / 93.5 (104, 110, 115, 120.5, 131.5, 136.5, 148, 153, 164) cm

Size 41″ / 104 cm modelled with 6″/ 15 cm positive ease.

Length: 19 (19.5, 20.25, 20.75, 21.25, 21.5, 22, 22.5, 22.75, 23.75)” / 48.5 (49.5, 51.5, 52.5, 54, 54.5, 56, 57, 58, 59) cm from top of shoulder


2 US size 6 / 4 mm circular needles, 40” / 100 cm long & any length for second

US size 7 / 4.5 mm circular needles, 40” / 100 cm long for sleeves


US size 7 / 4.5 mm dpns if magic loop not used for sleeves

Always use a needle size that gives you the gauge listed, as every knitter’s gauge is unique.

Stitch markers, locking stitch markers or safety pins, tapestry needle.


15 sts and 20 rows/rnds = 4″ / 10 cm in Brioche Stitch blocked in smaller needle

Note: rows/rnds in Brioche include both A & B

19 sts and 26 rnds = 4″ / 10 cm in Stocking Stitch blocked in larger needle

Carol Feller wearing the handnit Brutach sweater walking in the Irish woods
Brutach Sweater Back



You can buy the pattern on my website here or on Ravelry here.

Initially, you will get an introduction and basic sizing information. Each section of the pattern will be released on the clue schedule listed above.

You can use the code ‘BURTACH10’for a 10% discount and this will be valid until the first clue comes out on 7th October.


Come add a yarn kit here as well and when you bundle both you can get a 10% discount until the KAL starts!


Our online workshops are hosted on Teachable and you can find Brutach here. This workshop is free for KAL members (and will remain theirs to use after the KAL is over) but once the KAL is over it will be sold separately.

You can also shop the entire collection here and avail of the bundle discounts.

Carol Feller wearing a green brioche handknit sweater in the woods
Brutach Sweater Front

So there you have it. All the information you need in order to join us for the Autumn KAL. If you have any other questions like how to choose the right size, how to take gauge, what happens once you purchase, pop over to our full KAL FAQ guide here.

Now, there is really only one question left.

Will you join us?

Yes! Take me to Teachable >>

Yes! Take me to the pattern >>

Yes! Show me the yarn kits >>

No, but show me more delicious yarn >>