It's time to fall in love with knitting again as we embark on
the Stolen Stitches Autumn KAL
This cropped brioche cable sweater is the perfect autumn knit. With step-by-step videos, a dedicated discussion forum, and KAL prizes along the way; we have everything you need to relax and enjoy your knitting.
WHAT'S A KAL
KAL stands for Knit-along, and it's where a group of knitters all knit the same project simultaneously. This is done by a timed release of pattern sections so that everyone has a chance to complete each section before moving forward.
People do fall behind in stages, and that's where the support of both Carol, our wonderful group of knitters and all the tutorials and chat threads come together to help you get your garment off your needles so you can show it off with pride if you think that you're not experienced enough or that you've never knitted a garment before pop down to our FAQ at the bottom of the page.
- Brutach Knitting Pattern PDF released in clues to the KAL timing listed below.
- 14 step-by-step video lessons for each pattern technique and progression.
- Lifetime access to the course with the ability to re-watch at your own convenience
- Chances to win prizes during the knit-along
- Ability to chat with other viewers in our dedicated KnitHub forum, and we'll chime in, too!
Clue 1: 7th October 2021 - it all kicks off!
Clue 2: 21st October 2021
Clue 3: 4th November 2021
Final Prize: 18th November 2021
YARN & SIZING
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
NEEDLES & NOTIONS
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
DISCOUNTS & PRIZES
Get a special KAL discount of 10% off the KAL yarn kits in Stolen Stitches Nua Sport, with code LAMINARUS10 valid until the first clue comes out on the 27th of May.
You can find all of the yarn kits HERE.
The final prize will be announced on the 9th of July 2021. This is a raffle drawing for the grand prize from images posted in our dedicated KnitHub Forum and the Facebook Group Finished Images post.
LET'S GET SOCIAL
One of the best parts of the KAL is getting to know other knitters from around the globe. There is no right or wrong way to join in. You can be as chatty or as quiet as you like!
If you want to share your progress on social media, you can use the hashtag #stolenstitchesKAL21. That way, I can always find you and share your progress.
If you want to work along with other knitters on this project, you can join us in the following places:
Please do introduce yourself in the introduction KAL thread. Everyone is very friendly and supportive.
If you are still wondering about the KAL or have some questions, please check out our FAQ or be afraid to ask us a question in our Facebook Group or KnitHub area.
What happens once I purchase?
You will be sent a PDF with detailed instructions on what happens next. This includes all the information you need for picking your size, ordering yarn and most importantly, swatching. This gives you time to see if you meet gauge and if you like the fabric you are getting. The document also has information on what to do if you don't meet gauge or like your fabric.
Do I need to be an experienced knitter?
Nope. This is a resounding no. You need to know how to cast on, bind off, and hold gauge while you are knitting, but many beginner knitters have taken on KALs in the past and excelled.
I've never knitted a garment before!
Then this is the perfect opportunity for you. Many knitters are intimidated by larger projects. By joining in a Stolen Stitches KAL, you not only have the support of Carol and our community, but you also have step by step tutorials should you meet a technique that you're unsure of.
I'm not sure I can keep up with the group.
That's absolutely fine. The KAL is released in stages to give everyone a chance to progress together, but life happens! The tutorials are available forever, and you will have access to them so you can complete your garment in your own time if you want to.
Are the tutorials available for a limited time?
Once you have access to the tutorials on Teachable, then you have access forever. Stolen Stitches was built on finding time for knitting in whatever stolen moments you can find, and we continue to support that as far as possible.
As this is a KAL, as each new section of the pattern (the clues) are released, there will be new videos added to the workshop at the same time. All the videos you need are released at each step, and once we reach the final clue, all videos will be available.
These tutorials are only free for the duration of the KAL, so do make sure you sign up here on Teachable!
Is there a yarn kit available?
Yes, there are yarn kits available here.
What is a clue?
When a KAL goes on presale, you will get an information pdf which included sizing and swatching information as well as a schedule for the release of the 'clues' Each clue will be a section of the pattern that will be released on the date shown in the schedule.
What if I just want the pattern?
While the KAL is in progress, the pattern is only available as a series of clues. Once it is complete, you will have the completed pattern. If you only want the complete pattern, you can wait until the end of the KAL.
How do I ask questions?
All of our current KALs are now combined with video workshops on Teachable. You can ask any questions you need there. We will also have chats in various forums, usually in our dedicated threads in our KnitHub Forums, Facebook Group, Stolen Stitches blog and Ravelry. Information on this will be in your pattern pdf.
What if I can't get a pattern gauge?
If the gauge is off and you can see that the fabric is too loose or too tight, then try a different needle size to see how it works out. You might also consider trying a different needle material; sometimes, changing from metal to wood can have a big difference in your gauge. Make sure you block your swatch in the same way you treat your finished garment to know what the finished size will be. This prevents unwanted surprises!
I'm not sure about picking the right size.
The sample picture shows the Size 36.25” / 92 cm modelled with 1.25”/ 3 cm positive ease. The model is 5’ 6” tall. The sweater works best with 1-2” / 2.5-5 cm of positive ease. This is a top-down saddle shoulder construction with short-row set-in sleeves, so each section can fairly easily be adapted to adjust size without having a big impact on other parts of the garment. If you're unsure how to measure yourself, you can find a detailed blog post here.
Hear from previous KAL Participants
If you're wondering what previous participants thought of our Knit-alongs here are some recent comments from our Spring KAL:
"I still need to choose buttons, but my Laminarus is finished! Very enjoyable knit, thanks to super clear, step-by-step directions; and the finished project is beautiful!
- Melissa, Laminarus KAL
"I joined this KAL to learn and Carol did not disappoint! So many firsts for me -- set in shoulders, German short rows, buttonholes and more -- that I would not have been able to knit on my own. Thank you so much!"
- Sherry A, Laminarus KAL
"Laminarus Cardigan completed! Thank you so much, Carol. Your superb pattern and step-by-step instruction videos helped me create a keepsake garment."
- Becky, Laminarus KAL
"Really pleased with this lovely cardigan. The knitting kept me interested all the way through. Thank you for a great pattern!"
- Jan, Laminarus KAL
As with many Irish children she learned to knit while still in primary school and spent many years knitting cardigans for her dolls and occasionally herself. There is a strong history of crafting in her family; her mother sewed much of her clothes, her grandmother was an expert knitter and her aunt ran a knitting shop in Dublin.
Carol trained initially as a textile artist and then as a structural engineer. While both of these backgrounds are very different the influences can be seen in her design work which is well-shaped, flattering to wear and enjoyable to knit. She strives to design clothing with a difference: not overly complex, but still giving a very unique end product. She likes to work with different construction methods, so long as they enhance the knitting experience and make for a more intuitively put-together knitted item.
Carol has been widely published in books and magazine and travels the world teaching in yarn shops and fibre festivals. The classes she teaches cover a wide range of subjects from cables and chart reading, through garment shaping and customisation right through to short rows and colourwork. In her classes you'll move from learning the basics to refining your knitting skills and fixing problems.