Dorchla Sweater Workshop

Learn to knit this top down cosy sweater!

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Textured pattern Stitches, interesting neck options and a boxy shape, Dorchla is the perfect sweater project for Autumn. This step-by-step online knitting workshop goes hand in hand with the Dorchla pattern so that you have all the help you need when you need it.

What's covered in this workshop?

This Teachable course goes hand-in-hand with the written Dorchla knitting pattern so you'll never be left wondering how to approach a section.

Some of the techniques covered in this course are:

  • Sweater Cast On
  • Working from the top down in pattern
  • Blackberry stitch swatch and measurements
  • Working adjustments for fit
  • German Short Rows
  • 3 needle bind-off
  • Finishing
  • Blocking

If you wish to see a full detailed pattern breakdown you can watch the video below or you can pop over here to the blog.


Pattern Sizes

To Fit Actual Bust Circumference Up To: 33.75 (35, 38.5, 43.5, 47, 48.5, 52, 55.5, 56.75, 61.75)" / 85.5 (89, 98, 110.5, 119.5, 123, 132, 141, 144, 157) cm

3-6" / 7.5 - 15 cm of positive ease recommended.


Finished Bust Circumference: 36.75 (38, 41.5, 46.5, 50, 51.5, 55, 58.5, 59.75, 64.75)" / 93.5 (96.5, 105.5, 118, 127, 131, 139.5, 148.5, 152, 164.5) cm

Size 38" / 96.5 cm modelled with 3"/ 7.5 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

US size 6 / 4 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.

10 stitch markers, tapestry needle.


19 sts and 40 rnds = 4" / 10 cm in Garter Stitch blocked

19 sts and 28 rnds = 4" / 10 cm in Stocking Stitch blocked

19 sts and 29 rnds = 4" / 10 cm in Ladder Stitch blocked

24 sts and 29 rnds = 4" / 10 cm in Blackberry Stitch blocked

23 sts and 29 rnds = 4" / 10 cm in Faux Cable Stitch blocked


Stolen Stitches ‘Blasta’ (60% Fine Irish Wool, 40% New Zealand Wool; 232 yds / 212 m per 3.6 oz / 100 g); colour: Coillte Óir; 5 (5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8, 8, 9) 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

Dorchla is a cropped sweater. If you wish to lengthen your Dorchla sweater then the measurements you need are below. If ordering a yarn kit and you want to lengthen your sweater then ordering the next size up may give you the extra yarn quantity you need.

Every 1” / 2.5 cm extra in body length requires an extra 31 (32, 35, 40, 42, 44, 47, 50, 51, 55) yds / 29 (30, 32, 36, 39, 40, 43, 45, 46, 50) m

Is there a yarn kit available?

Dorchla is knit using our Blasta yarn which you can find it HERE. It's a heavy DK/light worsted with phenomenal stitch definition with a soft, rustic charm and 60% Irish fleece. It comes in both a marled version like that pictured above and plain colourways if you really want those textured stitches to pop.

So, what are you waiting for?

Just click the button above and join us for an autumnal cosy knit.

Meet the Drochla Sweater

If you would like to take a closer look at Dorchla and what's waiting for you inside this workshop then press play on the video below:

Hear from previous Project Workshop Participants

"In the 11 years I've been knitting, mostly sweaters, I have never done a set-in sleeve. They were my big fear! These videos and this pattern have made it so easy, even fun! Once I finish my wonderful Curdach, I plan to finally make my Tabouli, using the same techniques. I later plan to make the Guggen and Dacite, using these Teachable classes."

- Stephanie King, Curdach Cardigan Workshop

"This is my 5th attempt at learning Brioche with some but minimal success. However, I don't want to be a quitter! Your introduction is the kindest and most caring approach I have experienced thus far. You've inspired me to trust your process and give it my all once again. Thank You!"

- Mary Williams, Vines and Vale Project Workshop

"Really pleased with this lovely cardigan. The knitting kept me interested all the way through. Thank you for a great pattern!"

Your Instructor

Carol Feller
Carol Feller

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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