ULLA Shirt (ENG)

The ULLA shirt is a simple pullover worked in brioche stitch, featuring a boat neckline, slightly shortened sleeves, and a straight, short, cut.

The design is inspired by 60s style shirts.


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8,00  inkl. MwSt.


This model is worked top-down in one piece, by initially casting on the stitches for the entire back as well as the sleeves. The neckline and shoulders are then shaped with short rows and then worked straight down to the armholes.

The front part is worked (almost) in the opposite direction. You will then knit the bottom of the sleeves together, and finish working the body in rounds. No sewing is necessary. Finally, and depending on your preference, you can either crochet around the neckline to tighten the fit or use an elastic bind-off technique.

These 14-page detailed instructions contain step-by-step descriptions. You will also find a technical sketch for marking off the wrapping/turning stitches for the short rows at front and back. Some of the knitting techniques are shown with the help of videos. These are not part of this pattern, but you will find a collection of links to these and other techniques in this pattern under “knitting techniques”.




(Top Down, Short rows, Brioche Stitch)



XS (32/34) S (36/38) M (40/42) L (44/46) XL (48/50) XXL (52)

The above sizes are designed based on chest measurements of 74-82 (82-90) 90-98 (98-107) 107-119 (119-131) cm


Bust circumference: 91 (98) 105 (116) 127 (138) cm

Extra width to bust circumference (positive ease – variable according to size) 13 (12) 11 (14) 14 (13) cm

Single width, measured under the arms: 45.5 (49) 53 (58.5) 64 (69) cm

Height, measured from shoulder 50.5 (51) 52.5 (53.5) 55 (57) cm

Sleeve width: 16.5 (17) 18.5 (19.5) 21 (23) cm

The model in the photo is 164 cm tall and wears a size XS, for a bust circumference of 85 cm. You can use the blank sketch (Appendix 4) for notes and conversions.


In Brioche Stitch, on a 6 mm needle, or needle size to match the gauge:

11 stitches x 28 rows (14 brioche rows) = 10 x 10 cm

When counting the height stitches, 1 brioche stitch corresponds to two rows or rounds (2 rounds = 1 brioche round)


The brown ULLA shirt was knitted with 4 strands of Sensai from Ito in the color caramel held together throughout.

Soft Silk Mohair from Knitting for Olive 225m/25 g (70 % Mohair, 30 % Silk) – 3 threads held together

or  Sensai from Ito 240m/20 g (60 % Mohair, 40 % Silk) – 4 threads held together

or Premia from Lamana 300m/25g (60 % Mohair, 40 % Silk) – 4 threads held together

The converted weight of the wool per 1 meter, using 3 or 4 threads, is: 0.33g/m


For yarn requirements see the photo galerie or klick here: ULLA Shirt -Yarn requirements


  • 6 mm circular needles, 70 to 100 cm long
  • To pick up stitches from the back cast-on edge, and for binding off the sleeves, you can either use a second 6 mm circular knitting needle (70 to 100 cm long), if available, or you can use a needle that is one or half a needle size smaller.
  • 7 mm circular, straight or double pointed needles to bind the sleeves together, and to bind off the neckline
  • 5 mm circular, straight or double pointed needles for the elastic bind off at the hem


  • Backward loop cast-on
  • Brioche stitches with yarn-overs
  • Wrap and turn short rows in brioche stitch pattern
  • Knitting stitches together and binding them off at the same time
  • Elastic bind-off with yarn overs
  • You will find tutorial videos and help links at: lotilda.de/ulla-shirt-links

TIP: When you work your test sample, cast on with the backward loop method, so you can test the elastic bind-off/crochet bind-off at the neckline (see finishing the neckline). In addition, practice the elastic bind-off that you will use for the hem when finishing the test sample.