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Toddler Ballet Wrap Cardigan

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Toddler Ballet Wrap front view - model

Front view of the wrap on a beautiful ballerina.

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Teeny Style:

Your little prima donna will pirouette with delight when she wears this traditionally styled wrap cardigan with designer elements, such as set-in sleeves, attached I-cord ties, three quarter length sleeves and a dainty eyelet pattern. Get ready for curtain calls!

Materials:

  • about 270 (280, 310) yards, or 2 (2, 3) skeins medium-weight yarn, preferably cotton or linen, I recommend Elann.com Adara
  • waste yarn in a contrasting color
  • one pair size 8 US (5 mm) knitting needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
  • one extra needle for three-needle bind-off
  • set of size 8 US (5 mm) circular needles
  • two size 8 US (5mm) double-pointed needles or additional circular needle
  • size 8 (5 mm) crochet hook
  • 3 stitch holders
  • tape measure, scissors, yarn needle

Gauge:

4 stitches and 6 rows per inch in Stockinette Stitch.

Size:

Finished sweater is 9 (9.5, 10) inches long in back and measures 21 (22, 24) inches around the chest. For 2T (3T, 4T). Instructions are given for smallest size first with larger sizes in parentheses. Check the wrap schematic for more sizing information.

Casting On:

Using crochet hook, crochet a chain of about 60 stitches. Fasten off.

With main yarn and crochet hook, pick up 42 (44, 48) stitches in the horizontal bumps along the back of the chain, transferring stitches from the hook to a needle as you go.

Pattern Stitch - Quatrefoil Eyelet:

  • Row 1: Knit.
  • Row 2 (and all WS rows): Purl.
  • Row 3: K4 (5, 7) *yarn over, slip, slip, k, K6. Rep from * to last 6 (7, 8) sts, yo, ssk, K4 (5, 7).
  • Row 5: K2 (3, 5) *knit 2 together, yo, K1, yo, ssk, K3. Rep from * to last 0 (1, 3) sts, K0 (1, 3).
  • Row 7: Repeat row 3.
  • Row 9: Knit.
  • Row 11: K8 (9, 11) *yo, ssk, K6. Rep from * to last 10 (11, 13) sts, yo, ssk, K8 (9, 11).
  • Row 13: K6 (7, 9) *K2tog, yo, K1, yo, ssk, K3. Rep from * to last 4 (5, 10) sts, K4 (5, 10).
  • Row 15: Repeat row 11.
  • Row 16: Purl.
  • Repeat these rows for pattern.

Knitting the Back:

  1. On the 42 (44, 48) picked up stitches, work 2 rows in Stockinette Stitch, beginning with a knit row.
  2. Begin Quatrefoil Stitch Pattern, and work until piece measures approximately 5.5 (5.5, 6.5) inches, ending with Row 16 (16, 8) of pattern.
  3. Shape armholes: bind off 2 sts at beg of next 2 rows. Then, decrease 1 st at each side on next 2 (2, 3) RS rows, keeping in pattern. There are now 34 (36, 38) stitches.
  4. Continue in pattern until piece measures approximately 9 (9.5, 10.5) inches from beginning edge, ending either on Row 2 or 10 of pattern.
  5. Final row: K10 (11, 11), bind off 14 (14, 16), K10 (11, 11). Put live stitches on a holder.

Left Front:

  • Using the same provisional cast on method as for the back, crochet a chain and pick up 42 (44, 48) stitches.
  • Work 2 rows in Stockinette Stitch.
  • Work Quatrefoil Stitch Pattern, beginning at row 9. At same time, at beginning of next and every following RS row, work decreases as follows: K1, ssk, continue in pattern to end.
  • Continue until piece measures approximately 5.5 (5.5, 6.5) inches.
  • Begin shaping armhole by binding off 2 stitches, work to end.
  • Decrease 1 stitch at end of next 2 (2, 3) RS rows, continuing with decreases at beginning of RS rows.
  • Continue until 10 (11, 11) stitches remain, then work straight without further decreases until piece measures 9 (9.5, 10.5) inches.
  • Put remaining stitches on a holder.

Right Front

  1. In the same manner as for the left front, cast on 42 (44, 48) stitches.
  2. Work 2 rows in Stockinette Stitch.
  3. Work Quatrefoil Stitch Pattern, beginning at row 9. At same time, at end of next and every following RS row, work decreases as follows: work in pattern to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1.
  4. Continue until piece measure approx 5.5 (5.5, 6.5)inches.
  5. Begin shaping armhole by binding off 2 stitches, work to end.
  6. Decrease 1 stitch at beginning of next 2 (2, 3) RS rows, continuing with decreases at end of RS rows.
  7. Continue until 10 (11, 11) stitches remain, then work straight without further decreases until piece measures 9 (9.5, 10.5) inches.
  8. Put remaining stitches on a holder.

Sleeves:

  1. Cast on 22 (24, 26) stitches.
  2. Knit 1 row.
  3. Next row: K1, *K2tog, yo. Repeat from * to last stitch, K1.
  4. Knit 1 row.
  5. Starting with a RS row, work in Stockinette Stitch. Increase 1 stitch at each side of 5th and every subsequent 6th row 3 (3, 2) times, then every following 4th row 3 (4, 6) times. There are 36 (40, 44) sts.
  6. Continue in Stockinette until sleeve measures 6.5 (7, 8) inches, ending with a WS row.
  7. Begin shaping sleeve cap by binding off 2 stitches at beginning of next 2 rows for all sizes.
  8. Decrease 1 stitch at each end of next 3 (4, 5) RS rows, then purl 1 row.
  9. Bind off 3 (3, 4) stitches at beginning of next 6 rows.
  10. Work 0 (2, 2) rows in Stockinette.
  11. Bind off remaining 8 (10, 6) stitches. Make 2.

Finishing:

Join shoulder seams using the 3-needle bind off, then sew in sleeves.

Unzip crocheted waste yarn edges -- live stitches should be exposed easily.

With right sides facing, transfer 42 (44, 48) stitches along bottom of right front, then 42 (44, 48) stitches along bottom of Back, then 42 (44, 48) stitches along bottom of left front to a size 8 circular needle. Set aside.

With a very short (12- or 16-inch) size 8 circular, or two size 8 double-pointed needles, cast on 5 stitches and keeping RS facing, work an I-cord for approximately 16 inches.

Transfer the 5 stitches to the circular needle that is holding the back, left front and right front stitches, placing them before the Right Front held stitches. Continue to work the I-cord, but on each row ssk the last stitch of the I-cord with the next stitch at the bottom edge of the wrap, thus working an attached I-cord.

Continue until all the stitches at the bottom edge of the right front, back and left front have been worked into the attached I-cord, then continue to work the I-cord by itself for another 16 inches. Bind off.

Sew sleeve and side seams, weave in ends, and block to measurements on the schematic.

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