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Waltz of the Flowers Ballet Set

Trappings and Trinkets Etsy Shop
Knitting
February 2012
DK / 8 ply (11 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches in Stockinette Stitch
US 4 - 3.5 mm
292 - 742 yards (267 - 678 m)
12 mo, 2T, 3T, 4T, 5, 6, 8, 10
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A special treat for knitters and little girls alike! You’ll have fun making this top-down raglan wrap sweater. Special touches like the daisy stitch and i-cord trim will hold the attention of intermediate and advanced knitters, or provide a great learning opportunity for adventurous beginners. Detailed instructions are given for all intermediate techniques, including a 2-page supplement (so you can choose whether you need to print the extra information) with a video link to walk you through the i-cord edging.

This set looks great over a leotard, but the sweater would also be a darling wrap over an Easter dress or even a fitted t-shirt. Dress it up or down with your choice of fiber & color combination! Legwarmers are back with the return of 80’s fashion, so let your little girl get in on this fun & cozy trend!

The sweater and legwarmers are made with no seaming and the only finishing work is the i-cord trim on the sweater and weaving in the ends.

I had some fantastic knitters who tested this set and a few of them even asked to make modifications in their project to better suit their taste. Check out KnitterAmateur’s Waltz of the Flowers project page for a sweater with extra daisy trim on the hem and i-cord edging on the sleeves, Miissy’s Waltz of the Flowers project page for a sweater with 3/4-length sleeves, and Corbae’s Waltzing Flowers project page for a lovely picot hem idea.

Sizes Available:
Sweater: 12mo (2T, 3T, 4T, 5, 6, 8,10)
to fit chest sizes from 20” - 28”

Legwarmers: XS ( S, M, L)
7.25” - 10” circumference (Ribbed cuffs at top & bottom are smaller and stretchier than these measurements.)

Materials:
Sublime Yarns Baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK
Sweater: 170 - 433) yds
Legwarmers 122 - 309yds
US size 4 (3.5mm) circular needles
Set of 4 US size 4 (3.5mm) double pointedneedles
8 stitch markers
yarn needle
stitch holders or a couple 12” lengths of yarn to hold sleeve stitches

Skills Used:
Daisy stitch : Detailed instructions in the pattern
Knitting in the round
Applied i-cord: instructions in the pattern, detailed instructions included as a separate supplement, and a video link are provided.

A note about fiber choice: Stockinette stitch will roll until it is wet-blocked. All my samples (I personally did 7 of them) that were made of either wool or wool blends blocked out beautifully. However, this sweater bottom will appear to roll up while you are knitting it, and it will remain rolled up (even after applying the i-cord, though that may help flatten it a bit) until the sweater is blocked. If you choose a yarn that is acrylic or a blend that contains a fair amount of acrylic, you may have trouble getting the sweater bottom to remain flat after blocking. For this reason, I highly recommend choosing a fiber that is wool or a wool blend. If you are looking for a more economical choice than the Sublime yarn listed, I would recommend Chickadee yarn by Quince and Company (find them on-line). Their 181 yd. skeins of dk weight yarn sell for $6.90 a skein, and even though it is 100% wool, it is absolutely soft enough to wear against the skin. You will be shocked at how non-itchy and soft this 100% wool is. Your stitches will have beautiful definition and your sweater will block out 100% flat and beautiful.

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