Ballerina Baby by Kathie Popadin
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Ballerina Baby

May 2014
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
US 1 - 2.25 mm
US 2 - 2.75 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
40 - 80 yards (37 - 73 m)
0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-9 months, 9-12 months
This pattern is available for $4.50 USD
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Make some wee ballet slippers for a baby ballerina you know! Ribbon ties will help these stay on those fast-moving little feet. They’re started in the round like a toe-up sock - use dpns, 2 circulars, or magic loop - then knitted flat to create the slipper shape. They only use a tiny amount of yarn & knit up super quickly with minimal finishing – great if you need a quick and pretty gift!

Yarn needed:
Use fingering weight yarn to make Extra Small (0-3 months) & Small (3-6 months) sizes, and use sport weight yarn to make Medium (6-9 months) & Large (9-12 months) sizes.

Gauge is not critical, but it will affect the finished size of the booties. You are aiming for a fairly dense, rather than a loose, knitted fabric.
Fingering weight: approx. 32 - 34 sts = 4”
Sport weight: approx. 26 – 28 sts = 4”

Techniques/Skills Needed:

  • Simple increasing and decreasing
  • Knitted toe-up sock construction, including cast-on (e.g. Turkish cast-on, Judy’s Magic Cast-On) & short-row heel (using wrap & turn)
  • Knitting in the round using dpns, 1 circular & magic loop, or 2 circulars
  • Working an I-cord

Notions Needed:

  • Lockable stitch marker
  • 1 large-eyed tapestry needle
  • About 1 yd (1 m) of ¼” (7.5 mm) ribbon

Pattern is delivered in 3-page PDF form - pattern instructions are on a single page for ease in printing.