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Petite Ballerina

By Libby Grant

Michigan winters can be quite harsh and very cold, especially for little ballerinas. My daughter and I went to our favorite dance store on a quest to find the perfect ballet wrap. Something that was not too bulky or that would be disruptive in class. As luck would have it, we found nothing we were completely in love with and just “had to have”. OH there were several wraps, but none that I was willing to pay good money for especially when I knew good and well that I had the perfect yarn in the stash for this project. This wrap will give mom something do to while their little one is in class and when finished, it will keep the little ballerina cozy and warm.


Size

2 [4, 6, 8, 10]
Size shown: 4 yrs

Finished Measurements

Chest: 21½ [23½, 26, 27, 29½] inches
Length: 12½ [14, 15½, 17, 18½] inches

Materials

Elann.com, Callista [50% Viscose/25% Cotton/25% Linen; 130 yards/118 meters per 1.75 ounce/50 gram skein];

#3206 Ballet Pink; 5 [5, 6, 6, 7] skeins

Note: This is currently a discontinued yarn, however any sport weight yarn will easily substitute. I used this yarn as it is a perfect color match for “Capezio Pink”, the color preferred by dance studios. Alternative yarns include:

Elann.com Sonata
Knit Picks Comfy Sport Yarn
Knit Picks Shine Sport Yarn
Knit Picks Simply Cotton Sport Yarn

Recommended needle sizes

US #4/3.5 mm straight needles or 24 inch circular needle

Notions

Cable needle
Grosgrain ribbon
Tapestry needle

Gauge

26 sts and 34 rows = 4 inches in St st

Pattern Notes

The wrap is knit flat in a soft cotton with clean lines and a simple cable that runs up the sides of both fronts. The sleeves are gathered and a ribbon is sewed to both fronts that is tied on one side in a bow. 

Skills Required

Cables


INSTRUCTIONS

Back

Cast on 72 [78, 86, 90, 98] sts.
Knit in St st until piece measures 8 [9, 10, 11, 12] inches from cast on edge, ending with a WS row.

Armhole Shaping

Bind off 3 [4, 5, 5, 6] sts at the beginning of the next 2 rows: 66 [70, 76, 80, 86] sts.
Bind off 2 [2, 2, 3, 3] sts at the beginning of the next 2 rows: 62 [66, 72, 74, 80] sts.
Bind off 1 [1, 1, 1, 2] sts at the beginning of the next 2 rows: 60 [64, 70, 72, 76] sts.
Decrease 0 [1, 1, 1, 1] st each side of the next row: 60 [62, 68, 70, 74] sts.
Purl across.
Decrease 0 [0, 1, 1, 1] st each side of the next row. 60 [62, 66, 68, 72] sts. Work even until armholes measure 3½ [4, 4½, 5, 5½] inches, ending with a WS row.

Neck Shaping

Next row (RS): Work 17 [18, 18, 18, 20] sts, join a second ball of yarn and bind off center 26 [26, 30, 32, 32] sts, work to end.
Working both sides at once, decrease 1 st from neck edge on next 2 RS rows.
Bind off remaining 15 [16, 16, 16, 18] shoulder stitches.

 

Chart

 

Right Front

Cast on 65 [72, 78, 85, 91] sts.
Row 1 (RS): Work row 1 of Right Front Cable chart, knit across.
Note: The first stitch of the chart (the purl stitch) will curl under/behind the cable.  This helps to define the cable without having a “raw” edge. You will not see this stitch in the finished edge.
Row 2 (WS): Purl across to last 6 sts, k1, p4, k1.
AskelContinue in established pattern until piece measures 1 inch ending with a WS row.
Next Row (RS): Work chart sts, k2tog, knit to end.
Next Row (WS): Purl across to last 6 sts, k1, p4, k1.
Continue decreasing 1 st every other row until 35 [38, 40, 42, 44] sts remain, end with a RS row.
Piece should measures 8 [9, 10, 11, 12] inches in length.

Armhole Shaping

Continue to decrease as established while working armhole shaping AT THE SAME TIME.
Next Row (WS): Bind off 3 [4, 5, 5, 6] sts at armhole edge, purl across to last 6 sts, k1, p4, k1.
Next Row (RS): Work chart sts, k2tog, knit to end.
Next Row (WS): Bind off 2 [2, 2, 3, 3] sts, purl across to last 6 sts, k1, p4, k1.
Next Row (RS): Work chart sts, k2tog, knit to end.
Next Row (WS): Bind off 1 [1, 1, 1, 2] sts, purl across to last 6 sts, k1, p4, k1.
Next Row (RS): Work chart sts, k2tog, knit to last 1 [3, 3, 3, 3] sts, decrease 0 [1, 1, 1, 1) st, k1.
Next Row (WS): Purl across to last 6 sts, k1, p4, k1.

Next Row (RS): Work to last 1 [1, 3, 3, 3] sts, decrease 0 [0, 1, 1, 1] st, k1.
Next Row (WS): Purl across to last 6 sts, k1, p4, k1.
Continue to decrease 1 st after the cable sts until 21 [22, 22, 22, 24] sts remain.
Work even until armhole measures 4½ [5, 5, 5½, 6] inches ending with a RS row.
Next Row (WS): Bind off 15 [16, 16, 16, 18] sts, work remaining sts. Work the cable sts until strip measures 2¼ [2¼, 2½, 2¾, 2¾] inches.
Bind off remaining 6 sts.

Left Front

Cast on 65 [72, 78, 85, 91] sts.
Row 1 (RS): Knit across to last 6 sts, work row 1 of Left Front Cable chart.
Row 2 (WS): K1, p4, k1, purl to end.
Continue in established pattern until piece measures 1 inch ending with a WS row.
Next Row (RS): Knit across to last 8 sts, ssk, work chart sts.
Next Row (WS): K1, p4, k1, purl to end.
Continue to work to correspond to right front, reversing all shaping.

Sleeves

Cast on 32 [32, 36, 36, 40] sts.
Work in k2, p2 rib for 2 inches. Work in St st, increasing 1 st each side every 8 [8, 10, 9, 9] rows, 7 [9, 8, 10, 10] times: 46 [50, 52, 56, 60] sts.
Work even until piece measures 8½ [10½, 11½, 12½, 13½] inches from cast on edge.

Cap Shaping

Bind off 3 [4, 5, 5, 6] sts at the beginning of the next 2 rows: 40 [42, 42, 46, 48] sts..
Bind off 2 [2, 2, 3, 3] sts at the beginning of the next 2 rows: 36 [38, 38, 40, 42] sts..
Bind off 1 [1, 1, 1, 2] sts at the beginning of the next 2 rows: 34 [36, 36, 38, 38] sts.
Next Row (RS): Decrease 0 [1, 1, 1, 1] st each side of the next row: 34 [34, 34, 36, 36] sts.
Next Row: Purl to end.
Next Row: Decrease 0 [0, 1, 1, 1] st each side of the next row. 34 [34, 32, 34, 34) sts remain.
Work in St st until cap measures 4 [4¼, 4½, 5, 5½] inches.
Sizes 2, 4, 8, and 10: K1, (k3tog) 11 times: 12 sts.
Size 6: K1, (k3tog) 10 times, k1: 12 sts.
All Sizes: Bind off remaining sts.

FINISHING

Block pieces to measurements. Sew shoulder seams. Sew in sleeves. Sew side seams. Sew the cable strips together and sew to the back neck edge of the garment.

Sew grosgrain ribbon to each of the front sides behind the cables.  A longer length of ribbon is attached to the side that crosses over the front (the right side).  This ribbon wraps around the back and ties to the second shorter ribbon, attached at the lower left front corner.

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Libby

Libby Grant is a self taught avid knitter who recently started to expand her horizons and explore the world of designing. She is always on the lookout for inspiration for the latest design!

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