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Balloon Sweater Knit Pattern

Balloon Sweater Knit Pattern

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The Balloon Sweater has balloon sleeves that start low on the shoulder and are emphasised with close fitting rib cuffs. It’s worked from the top down. For the first part of the yoke, shoulder increases and short rows are worked simultaneously to shape the neckline. After this, the front and back are worked separately (back and forth in stockinette stitch) to the bottom of the armholes. Next the front and back are joined for the body, which is worked in the round on the circular needles. 

Stitches are then picked up and knitted along the armholes and the sleeves are worked down from there. The sleeves are worked in the round, first on circular needles and then on double-pointed needles at the end (or on long circular needles using the Magic Loop technique). 

Start by knitting a swatch before beginning the project. Remember to wash and block the finished swatch, as the gauge changes when the yarn is washed.


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Level: ★★★☆☆ Ideal for confident slowcrafters

Sizes:  XS (S) M (L) XL (2XL) 3XL

Bust Circumference: 99 (107) 110 (114) 124 (135) 143 cm

Full length: 55 (56) 57 (58) 59 (60) 62 cm

Ease: This pattern is designed to have about 15 cm of positive ease.

Measure the widest part of your bust and select the size above that is about 15 cm larger.

Gauge: 21 stitches x 28 rows to 10cm in Stockinette Stitch on 4.00mm needles after blocking


One strand of 4ply / Fingering Weight Yarn held together with one strand of 2ply / Lace Weight Yarn 


See tables below for suggested yarn and number of balls required.

4ply / Fingering Weight Yarn
Size XS S M L XL 2XL 3XL
Ashford 4ply Merino 6 7 7 8 8 9 9
Mistral Ultrafine 4ply Merino 6 8 8 9 9 10 10
Monique Dillon 4ply Silk Merino 3 4 4 4 4 5 5

2ply / Lace Weight Yarn
Size XS S M L XL 2XL 3XL
Monique Dillon 2ply Mohair Silk 3 3 3 4 4 4 4
Vivienne 2ply Mohair Silk 5 6 6 7 7 8 8



4.00 & 3.00mm needles with suitable cables for working in the round (40, 60 and 80 or 100 cm).

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