The Balloon Cardigan is a short cardigan with balloon sleeves accentuated by a tight rib at the wrist. It is worked top down and closed in the front with 4 buttons. The button bands are worked in one piece together with the rest of the cardigan - this means that the Balloon Cardigan requires little to no finishing at all. The Balloon Cardigan is a cropped piece that works well with high waist jeans or skirts.
The Balloon Cardigan has about 15 cm of positive ease built into the pattern instructions. The sizes XS (S) M (L) XL correspond to a bust circumference of about 85 (90) 95 (100) 110 cm (note that the final measurements of the cardigan are around 15 cm bigger). Measure your bust circumference before deciding which size will fit you the best.
Sizes: XS (S) M (L) XL
Bust circumference: 100 (106) 111 (116) 123 cm
Length mid back: 51 (53) 55 (56) 58 cm
Gauge: 21 sts x 29 rows = 10 x 10 cm/4 x 4 inches in stockinette st on 4 mm (US size 6) needles
Suggested needles: 4 mm (US size 6) / 40 and 80-100 cm (32-40 inches) circular needles, 4 mm double pointed needles, or the required needle size to obtain gauge
Materials: 250 (300) 300 (300) 350 g of Arwetta from Filcolana (50 gr = 210 m/230 yards) held together with 125 (150) 150 (150) 175 gr of Tilia from Filcolana (25 g = 210 m/230 yards) or 125 (150) 150 (150) 175 gr of Kid Seta from Gepard Garn (25 gr = 210 m/230 m), 4 large buttons (20 – 25 mm)
Difficulty: ★ ★ ★ ★ (4 out of 5)
See the classification of difficulty here.
The white Balloon Cardigan in the photo is knitted in Saga together with a raw white Tilia. Both from Filcolana.
The yellow Balloon Cardigan is knitted in Arwetta and Tilia from Filcolana in the color Limelight.