Balletto by Jenn Emerson


July 2014
Light Fingering ?
24 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 2 - 2.75 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
1000 - 1600 yards (914 - 1463 m)
XS, S, M, L, and XL
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Balletto is a playful, ruffled, A-line skirt perfectly suited for dress up, tea parties, or every day wear. It is worked seamlessly from the top down, in as many colors as you wish. Stitches are picked up for the ruffles and an optional bow finishes off this sweet skirt. There are directions for customizing the length, number of ruffles and colors throughout the pattern, so each skirt will truly be unique!

The pattern offers 5 sizes - XS (18-20” waist), S (22-22” waist), M (22-24” waist), L (24-26” waist) and XL (26-28” waist).

You will need approximately 1000 - 1600 total yards of fingering weight or lace weight yarn. Lace weight yarn is recommended for the ruffles only, and especially on the larger sizes.

Waistband = 28 sts, 40 rows on smaller needles = 4”/10cm
Skirt and ruffles = 24 sts, 36 rows on larger needles = 4”/10cm

Please take time to check your gauge. Both row gauge and stitch gauge are crucial to ensure proper fit.

Techniques Used
This pattern is suitable for an advanced beginner.

  • knitting and purling in the round
  • basic increases (m1l/m1r)
  • short rows
  • provisional cast on
  • picking up stitches (photo tutorial included)