Lavender jacket - in blue

The Lavender jacket has been a popular pattern, and we´ve knitted it up in several differnt yarns until we found the perfect match: Abuelita Merino Worsted. This yarn is super light, and the jacket gets great hold, as well as being is feather-light. We´ve combined it with Pickles Silk Mohair to create more life and fluff.
The brioche stitch falls very nice, and is very stretchy. That is why we´ve only made two sizes.

S-M (L-XL)
L-XL for free. S/M can be bought here.

32" circular needles 7 mm

500 (600) g Abuelita Merino Worsted
5 (6) balls of Pickles Silk Mohair

Gauge (As brioche is so stretchy it is hard to give an exact gauge)
4" = 10-11 stitches

Width measured flat: 20.8 (22.5)”
Length : 24.8 (26.7)”.

The cardigan is knitted bottom-up with two strands; one worsted and on silk mohair.

Cast on 111 stitches on 7 mm needles. Knit 3 rows.
Repeat these two rows:

Row 1:
Slip 1, K 3 (front bands), Knit broiche like this:
*K 1, K 1 in the row below* Repeat from * to * until 5 stritches remain. K 5.

Row 2:
Slip 1, K 3, Knit broiche like this:
*K 1 in the row below, K 1* Repeat from * to * until 5 stritches remain. K1 in the row below, K4 .

You can also knit the brioche stitch like this, but we prefer the other technique as it is easier on sore shoulders.

Continue until the jacket is 17.7" (Knit longer if you´re very tall, or want a longer jacket)

Start knitting the first front piece. Knit the 4 front bands stitches.
Knit brioche stitches over the next 23 stitches (27 stitche in total). The last stitch towards the sleeve opening can be knitted as a normal knit-stitch each time. When you turn, slip the first stitch.
Continue until the piece is 26.7". Cast off, but leave the 4 front band stitches on a thread.

Knit the back piece in brioche stitches, 57 stitches. Cast off when the piece is 26.7".

Knit the other front piece like the first one.

Assemble the shoulders.

Pick up 43 stitches around the arm hole. Knit brioche stitch back and forth (assemble afterwards).
Decrease by knitting the first two and the last two stitches together every 2" 7 times in total.
Knit until the sleeve is 14.5".
Knit 3 rows. Cast off.

Front bands

Increase one stitch towards the neck line. You will have 5 stitches. Knit back and forth in garter stitch until the front band reaches the middle of the neck in the back. Finish after a row from the wrong side. Make sure you don´t knit too much, it is nicer to stretch the front band a bit.

Leave the stitches on the needles.
Knit the other front band in the same way.
Sew the stitches together like this.
Assemble the front bands and sleeves.


Lavender jacket

Lavender is the it-colour this spring. Lucky for us we made a lavender yarn-scoop a few months back. This practically assembly-free jacket is really thick and warm, and we’re planning to use it as a spring coat when the Norwegian Winter’s leaving town. It’s knitted using the brioche stitch, making it really stretchy and fitted.

What you need:
9 mm circular needles
9 balls of Hubro (or similar yarn)
2-3 balls of Vivaldi (or similar).
You can knit the jacket without the mohair.

How we did it:
Body piece:
Cast on 80 stitches using one thread of each yarn. Knit back and forth.

Knit 5 rows of garter stitch. Slip the first stitch of each row.

Now it’s time to start the brioche stitch. Knit the four first and the four last stitches of each row using the garter stitch. These stitches will be your front bands when the jacket is complete. If you want buttons, you need to make button wholes as you knit. We didn’t want buttons.

Row 1: Slip 1, K3, *K1, yarn over, slip 1* Repeat from *to* until 4 stitches remain. K4.
Row 2: Slip 1, K3, *Knit 2 together (the YO and the slipped stitch from the previous row), yarn over, slip1*
Continue from *to* until 4 stitches remain, K4.

Continue the brioche stitch as done in row 2 until the body piece measures 37 cm (or more if you want a longer jacket). It’s time to start knitting the different pieces separately: 2 front pieces and one back piece.

Start on the front piece where the thread is. IMPORTANT: All the pieces need to start from this side to maintain the right technique.

First front piece:

*Slip 1, K3, 21 stitches brioche, turn, 21 stitches brioche, K4, turn*
Continue to knit from * to * until the total length of the body piece is 58 cm. Cast off loosely, except for the 4 front band stitches. Put these on a thread.

Back piece:
Knit the brioche stitch over the next 66 stitches. Continue until the total length is 60 cm. Cast off loosely.

Second front piece, start from the armpit.
* 21 stitches brioche, K4, turn, slip 1, K3, 21 stitches brioche, turn *
Repeat from * to * until the total length is 58 cm.
Cast off loosely, but leave the 4 stitches for the front band on the needle.

Sew the shoulders together. Yes, the opening in the middle is for your neck.
To finish the front bands, make one extra stitch in the end facing the piece. Work another 11 cm, and leave the stitches on the needle. Repeat on the other side. Assemble the two ends using the Kitcheners stitch., or sew together. Sew the neckline to the back of the neck.

Pick up 43 stitches around the armpit. Do it as evenly as you can.
Knit the sleeves back and forth. Start from under the armpit.

Row 1: * K1, yarn over, slip 1. Repeat from * to *.
Row 2: * Yarn over, slip 1, knit two together. Repeat this technique from * to * until the length is 28 cm.
At the same time: Cast off 1 stitch in each end of the row when the work is 14, 18 and 22 cm = In total 6 stitches. When casting off the brioche stitch you need to knit together three stitches: The one knitted in the previous row, the one you slipped in the previous row and the yarn over from the previous row. The best is to cast off when the row starts with a single stitch.

When you have reached the desired length of 28 cm you knit three and three together for one row. Knit the garter stitch for 5 rows, and cast off loosely.

Knit the other sleeve the same way. Sew the sleeves together.
And there you go, your very own Lavender jacket!

This is a free jacket knitting pattern from We’ll be thrilled if you use it. Please link to us if you do;)