The Balloon Sweater KAL (Zoom)
This Knit Along starts on Nov 4th, 2020 and will be from 6:00pm-8:00pm and will last 8 weeks, ending on Dec 23, 2020.
If you purchase the yarn from YFE for the KAL, the class is $85.
If you you go stash diving to clear out some yarn, the fee is $120.
The Balloon Sweater has balloon sleeves that start low on the shoulder and are emphasized with close fitting rib cuffs. The Balloon Sweater is 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). The Balloon Sweater has no finishing work besides weaving in the ends.
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.
The Balloon Sweater is designed to have approx. 10-15 cm [4-6 inches] of positive ease, meaning it is designed to be 10-15 cm [4-6 inches] larger in circumference than your bust measurement. The sizes XS (S) M (L) XL (2XL) are designed to fit a bust circumference of 80-85 (85-90) 90-95 (95-100) 100-110 (110-120) cm [31½-33½ (33½-35½) 35½-37½ (37½-39½) 39½-43¼ (43¼-47¼) inches]. The measurements for the finished garment are on the front page of the pattern (note that these measurements are only achieved if the sweater is knitted in the correct gauge). Before beginning your project, measure yourself with a measuring tape around your bust or your widest upper body point to determine which size will fit you the best. For example, if you measure 90 cm [35½ inches] around your bust (or wherever you are the widest) you should knit a size S. A size S sweater has a bust circumference of 101 cm [39¾ inches], which in the given example would give you 11 cm [4¼ inches] of positive ease.
Sizes: XS (S) M (L) XL (2XL)
Measurements: Bust circumference at underarm: 37½ (39¾) 42¼ (44) 48 (51¼) inches
Length:19¼ (20¼) 21 (22) 23 (23) inches (measured mid back excluding neck rib edge)
Gauge: 21 sts x 28 rows in stockinette stitch on 4 mm US6 needles = 10 x 10 cm [4 x 4 inches], after blocking
Needles: Circular needles: 3 mm US2½ / 40 and 80 cm [16 and 32 inches], 4 mm [US6] / 40, 60 and 80 or 100 cm [16, 24 and 32 or 40 inches]
Double-pointed needles: 3 mm [US2½]
Materials: 250 (300) 300 (350) 350 (350-400) g Arwetta by Filcolana (50 g = 210 m [230 yds]) or Sunday by Sandnes Garn (50 g = 235 m [257 yds]) held together with 125 (150) 150 (175) 175 (175-00) g Kid Seta by Gepard (25 g = 210 m [230 yds]) or Tilia by Filcolana (25 g = 210 m [230 yds]) or Tynn Silk Mohair by Sandnes Garn (25 g = 212 m [232 yds]) or Silk Mohair by Isager (25 g = 210 m  yds)