I should’ve finished this in February but life happened. The last week was a bit hectic. I feel like whenever my husband goes out of the country for work something always happens. This time it was an unexpected trip to the vet to adjust Cher’s meds and an unusually hectic work week. But I survived and he is back home from his travels and I got time to finish my Red Balloon Cardigan!
I’ve wanted a red cardigan for a while but, I have a short sleeve cardigan that I wear in the summer already but I wanted a fall/winter version. I felt like I needed to find the perfect red and then the perfect pattern. It started with the Miss Bab’s Yowza in Vlad’s red that called my name while I was in Fibre Space. There were just three lonely skeins sitting on a shelf and a gift card burning a hole in my pocket. It was the perfect storm. I picked them all up and immediately went home looking for the perfect pattern.
I decided to go with the Balloon Cardigan by Petite Knit. It’s knit in dk weight yarn with an easy top down construction. It does start off with the neckline done in a different way and then it reads like any other cardigan but with lots of raglan increases to make a full sleeve. It also knits the ribbed button band as you go along so there’s no picking up stitches and minimal finishing when you’re finished. I also loved using Miss Babs Yowza skeins because it’s almost 600 yards of yarn so even fewer ends to weave in when you’re finished. I really love the full sleeve. It’s dramatic but not too over the top. I also decided to go with rainbow buttons that I’ve used before on my striped cardigan I made years ago. I hadn’t seen these buttons in Joann’s in a while so I scooped up 4 thinking I’d use them for something else and they just worked better with this sweater.
I also really like the deep v-neck on this one too. But I think it took me so long to finish because I went with one solid color and I was knitting on size 6 needles so my brain got a little bored. I love switching up colors and I feel like I knit faster because I know I’m going to add another color or start colorwork. Now I could totally see this same cardigan made with a strand of mohair added to it to give it a really soft and cozy halo of fuzz to it. But this one definitely requires the yardage because of the full sleeve. Overall, I’m happy. I think this one is definitely a stunning piece to add to my wardrobe.