Well hello 2018, there you are. After a false start to my year and 5 days in hospital, it felt like all my creative juces had leaked out of me to be left behind in 2017. So it was a wonderful suprise and a huge relief when I felt the urge to make this ballet cardigan, or should that be these 2 ballet cardigans. 

I owe so many of you a huge thanks for being a continuing support, and inspiration. Whilst in hospital I recieved so many lovely get well soon messages, it really was a huge help when I felt very sory for myself being stuck with needles. So this pattern is my thank you to everyone, all my followers and all my customers and all my amazing crochet ladies. I might not reply to all your comments on instagram and facebook, but I do read the all. I hope that you enjoy this pattern, feel free to share with friends and tag me when you are done @make.e

Ballet Cardigan 

You will need: 

200g Aran Weight Yarn – I used WI soft and smooth

Size 5mm hook 

Size 4mm hook

Stitch marker 

Darning needle   

Abbreviations 

ch = chain 

st = stitch 

ss = slip stitch 

htr = half treble crochet 

tr = treble crochet 

htr2tog = half treble crochet next 2 stitches together (decrease) 

dc = double crochet. 

RS = right side of your work 

WS = wrong side of your work   

This cardigan comes in 3 sizes  

Sm = age 2-4 Med = age 4-6 Large = age 6-8   

MAKE 2 of the following: 

Row 1: Ch 36/38/40. Working into the 2nd ch from hook, htr to end of ch. (34/36/38) 

Row 2-4: ch2, turn, htr to end of row. (34/36/38) 

Row 5: ch2, turn, htr2tog, htr to end of row. (33/35/37) 

Row 6: ch2, turn, htr to end of row leaving the last 2 sts, htr2tog in last 2 sts. (32/34/36) 

Row 7: repeat row 5 (31/33/35) 

Row 8: repeat row 6 (30/32/34) 

Row 9: repeat row 5 (29/31/33) 

Row 10: repeat row 6 (28/30/32) 

Row 11: repeat row 5 (27/29/31) 

Row 12: repeat row 6 (26/28/30) 

Row 13: repeat row 5 (25/27/29) 

Row 14: repeat row 6 (24/26/28) 

Row 15: repeat row 5 (23/25/27) 

Row 16: repeat row 6 (22/24/26) 

Row 17: repeat row 5 (21/23/25) 

Row 18: repeat row 6 (20/22/24) 

Row 19: repeat row 5 (19/21/23) 

Row 20: repeat row 6 (18/20/22) 

Row 21: repeat row 5 (17/19/21) 

Row 22: repeat row 6 (16/18/20) 

Row 23: repeat row 5 (15/17/19) 

Row 24: repeat row 6 (14/16/18) 

Row 25: repeat row 5 (13/15/17) 

Row 26: repeat row 6 (12/14/16) 

Row 27: repeat row 5 (11/13/15) 

Row 28: repeat row 6 (10/12/14) 

Row 29: (last row for sm) : repeat row 5 (9/11/13) cast off, weave in ends 

Row 30: repeat row 6 (10/12) 

Row 31 (last row for Med) (9/11) cast off, weave in ends 

Row 32: repeat row 6 (10) Row 33 (last row for large) (9) cast off, weave in ends   

Make 1, Back Panel.

Row 1: Ch 36/38/40. Working into the 2nd ch from hook, htr to end of ch. (34/36/38) 

Row 2-29 (sm) ch2, turn, htr to end of row. (34) cast off, weave in ends 

Row 2-31 (med) ch2, turn, htr to end of row. (36) cast off, weave in ends 

Row 2-33 (large) ch2, turn, htr to end of row. (38) cast off, weave in ends   

Sew front panels to back as pictured below. Leave the following rows for arm holes. Sm = 9 rows Med = 10 rows Large = 11 rows   

MAKE NOTE TO LEAVE 2 ROW GAP FOR TIE ON ONE SIDE!

Adding arms. 

Turn your work inside out. Attach yarn to armpit of arm hole. 

Round 1: Ch 2, work (25/27/29)  htr stitches evenly round the arm hole. ss to 1st htr to join. 

Round 2: ch 2, turn, 1htr in each st round. Ss to join. 25/27/28   

Round 3: ch 2 turn, htr2tog, 1htr in each st round. Ss to join. (24/26/28) Round 4: ch 2 turn, htr2tog, 1htr in each st round. Ss to join. (23/25/27) 

Round 5: ch 2 turn, htr2tog, 1htr in each st round. Ss to join. (22/24/26) 

Round 6: ch 2 turn, htr2tog, 1htr in each st round. Ss to join. (21/23/25)  

Round 7: ch 2 turn, htr2tog, 1htr in each st round. Ss to join. (20/22/24)  

Round 8: ch 2 turn, htr2tog, 1htr in each st round. Ss to join. (19/21/23) cast off and weave in ends.   

Ties: USE 4MM HOOK 

Attach yarn to 2nd row from the bottom of your front diagonal seam. 

Row 1: ch1, 1dc in side of next 3 rows. (3) 

Row 2: ch1, turn, 1dc to end of row. (3) 

Repeat row 2 to your desired length.   

Finish edging: 

Row 1: WS facing you. Attach yarn to row 5 of diagonal seam, dc along diagonal seam spacing your sts evenly. Continue to dc round the back neck and down the opposite diagonal seam, ss into row 5 of opposite diagonal seam. 

Row 2: ch1, turn, dc along diagonal seam, 1tr in last 2 sts of the diagonal seam, 1dc in each st across back neck, 1 tr in 1st 2 sts of the opposite diagonal seam, dc to end of row, ss in last st, cast off and weave in ends.                    

WITH LOVE AND SNOGS...... Emily x @make.e