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The Balloon Sweater is an oversized sweater with balloon sleeves starting far down on the shoulder (drop shoulder) that are accentuated by a tight rib at the wrists. The Balloon Sweater is worked top-down. At first, while shoulder increases are worked on the yoke, at the same time short rows are used to shape the neck opening. Then, the front and back are worked separately (back and forth in stockinette st). Front and back panels are joined under the armhole and the rest of the body is worked in the round. Then sts are picked up for the sleeves, which are worked in the round on circular needles and at the end on double pointed needles (or using the magic loop technique). This means that the Balloon Sweater requires minimal finishing - all that is left to do is to weave in the ends. For the Balloon Sweater the tubular cast on and tubular cast off methods are used. This will create a neat edge and provide great elasticity along the rib. It is important for the finished result (both functionally and aesthetically) that this technique is used (it is especially important for the ribbing of the sleeves).
DK / 8 ply
21 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette with both yarns on 4 mm needles
1148 - 1608 yards (1050 - 1470 m)
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
XS (S) M (L)
Bust circumference: 99 (109) 116 (122) cm
Gauge: 21 sts x 28 rows in stockinette st on 4 mm (US size 6) needles = 10 x 10 cm / 4 x 4 inches
Suggested needles: 3 mm (US size 2.5) / 40 and 80 cm (16 and 32 inches) circular needles, 4 mm (US size 6) / 40, 60, 80/100 cm (16, 24, 32/40 inches) circular needles, 3 mm double pointed needles
Materials: 250 (300) 300 (350) g of Arwetta from Filcolana (50 g = 210 m/230 yards) held together with 125 (150) 150 (175) g of Kid Seta from Gepard (25 g = 210 m/230 yards) or Tilia from Filcolana (25 g = 210 m/230 yards)
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