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Earth and Air is a drapey, roomy brioche sweater. Its name is a play on the texture of the fabric created by knitting two color brioche with one worsted weight yarn and one lace weight mohair yarn. This mixture of yarns along with the large needle size create an extremely lightweight sweater that is quick to knit and easy to wear.

10 stitches and 15 rows = 4 inches
in Two Color Brioche on US 10.5 (6.5mm) needles


Earth and Air has no shaping and is meant to be worn with 8-12” of positive ease.

XS (S, M, L, XL) (XXL, 3X, 4X, 5X) to fit a bust measurement of
28 (32, 36, 40,44) (48, 52, 56, 60) inches
71 (81, 91, 102, 112) (121, 132, 142, 152)cm

Bust measurement of the finished garment is
38 (42, 46, 50, 54) (58, 62, 66, 70) inches
97 (107, 117, 127, 137) (147, 157, 168, 178)cm

This sweater uses yarns of two different weights in a brioche stitch. Color A uses a worsted weight yarn, and Color B requires a lace weight mohair yarn. Though they are referred to as “Color A” and “Color B” a worsted weight yarn knit with a lace weight mohair in the same color works beautifully, as do contrasting colors. I recommend a wool yarn for your Color A. Color B works best with a fuzzy mohair silk yarn, but alpaca also works if you are sensitive to mohair, any fuzzy yarn that is around 200-300 yards per 25g or 400-500 yards for 50 grams will work. If you find all “fuzzy” yarns uncomfortable, experiment with other lightweight yarns. If you get gauge and like the fabric, go for it.

Color A (worsted) Yarn Ideas:

Harrisville Designs Highland
Malabrigo Washted
Plymouth Encore
Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted
Noro Silk Garden Solo
Berroco Vintage
Berroco Ultra Wool
Rowan Pure Wool Superwash Worsted
Valley Yarns Valley Superwash
Color B (laceweight) Yarn Ideas:

You Knit I Dye Kid Mohair Silk Lace
La Bien Aimée Mohair Silk
Knit Picks Aloft
Rowan Kidsilk Haze
Valley Yarns Southhampton
Berroco Aerial
Lana Grossa Silkhair
One of the perks of this pattern is the low yardage requirement. Yardage is as follows:

Color A (worsted weight) -
268 (290, 334, 360, 386) (434, 468, 506, 528) yards
245 (265, 305, 329, 353) (397, 428, 463, 483) meters

Color B (laceweight) -
256 (276, 318, 342, 367) (413, 446, 483, 503) yards
234 (252, 291, 313, 336) (378, 408, 442, 450) meters

Needles and Notions

US 10.5 circular needle in whatever cable lengths are comfortable for knitting the body and the sleeves in the round.
Stitch marker
Darning needle for weaving in ends
Locking stitch marker/progress keeper
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