Ballet Sweater Crochet Pattern

Dec 20, 2005
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Author

by Robyn Chachula

Introduction

Do you drool over the awesome sweater patterns for knitting? I do! So instead, of just sitting around getting frustrated that I couldn’t find patterns for crochet, I decided to come up with one of my own. My favorite sweaters are the ballet wraps, for the simple reason that no matter how much you eat you always look good in them. This sweater can be dressed up with ribbon ties or button closures, the choice is yours. I challenge all of you to come up with your favorite crochet fashions, so that we, too, can have mouth-watering patterns.

Materials List

  • 8(9,10,12,14) balls of Patons Kroy Socks, Norfolk Blue #54110
  • 1-inch wide ribbon, 3 yarns or 3 buttons of your choice
  • 3.25mm (US D) hook
  • Yarn needle

Finished Size

XS (S, M, L, XL) Actual bust measurements: 32.5 (35, 37.5, 40, 42.5)" To fit bust measurments: 34 (36, 38, 40, 42)"

Gauge

One full block, see diagram or pattern stitch = 1.25” x 1.25”

Notes

  • This pattern was initially designed in diagram form, so please consult diagrams in case of a written error. There is a PDF of each diagram for sizes exTRa small, small, medium, large, and exTRa large.
  • Before jumping into crocheting, I really urge you to create a quick mock-up of the size you want. Ballet sweaters are known for fitting differently than normal sweaters. Please see the feature from last issue on how to create a quick mock-up.
  • Kroy sock yarn is very cool yarn. You can wash it in the washing machine and it doesn’t shrink! I recommend washing and air-drying each piece before you sew them together. It really makes the piece a lot softer.
  • The turning chains in this pattern have an additional chain to help loosen up the shells. If you find your shells are too loose you can simply decrease the turning chains by 1.

Pattern Stitch:

See stitch diagram (PDF).

stitch close-upCH 12.

Row 1: SC in second CH from hook, CH 1, skip 4 CH, 1 TR (CH 2, 1 TR) 4 times in next CH, CH 1, skip 4 CH, SC in next CH. CH 6 (counts as a TReble and chain 1), turn.

Row 2: DC in first CH-2 space, CH 3, SC in third TR, CH 3, skip next TR, DC in last CH-2 space, CH 1, TR into beginning SC. CH 7 (counts as a TReble and chain 2), turn.

Row 3: (TR, 2 CH, TR) into CH-1 space, CH 1, skip CH-3, SC into SC, skip CH-3, CH 1, 1 TR (2 CH, 1 TR) twice into CH-6 space. CH 1, turn.

Row 4: SC into TR, CH 3, DC into second CH-2 space, CH 2, DC into next CH-2 space, CH 3, SC into 3rd CH from the top of the t-CH. Finish off.

The Pattern

Back

See Back Diagrams: x-small (small, medium, large, x-large) (PDF).

CH 132 (142, 152, 162, 172).

Row 1: SC in second CH from hook, **CH 1, skip 4 CH, 1 TR (CH 2, 1 TR) 4 times in next CH, CH 1, skip 4 CH, SC in next CH {shell made}**. Repeat from ** 12 (13, 14, 15, 16) times. 13 (14, 15, 16, 17) shells made. CH 6, turn.

Row 2: DC in first CH-2 space, CH 3, **SC in third TR, CH 3, skip next TR, DC in next CH-2 space, CH 2, DC in first CH-2 space of next shell, CH 3**. Repeat from ** across to last shell. SC in third TR, CH 3, skip next TR, DC in next CH-2 space, CH 1, TR in SC. CH 7, turn.

Row 3: (TR, 2 CH, TR) into CH-1 space, CH 1, skip CH-3, SC into SC. **CH 1, 1 TR (2 CH, 1 TR) 4 times into next CH-2 space, CH 1, SC into SC. Repeat from ** across, ending with CH 1, TR (CH 2, TR) twice into CH-6 space. CH 1, turn.

Row 4: SC into TR, CH 3, DC into second CH-2 space. **CH 2, DC into next CH-2 space, CH 3, SC into 3rd TR, CH 3, skip next TR, DC in next CH-2 space. Repeat from ** across, ending with CH 2, DC into next CH-2 space, CH 3, SC into 3rd CH from top of t-CH. CH 1, turn.

Row 5: SC in SC. **CH 1, 1 TR (CH 2, 1 TR) 4 times in next CH-2 space, CH 1, SC in next SC (shell made). Repeat from ** across to end. CH 6, turn.

Rows 6-13 : Repeat Rows 2-5 twice. Fasten off, turn.

Row 14: Rejoin with SC to 3rd TR. **CH 3, skip next TR, DC in next CH-2 space, CH 2, DC in next CH-2 space of next shell, CH 3, SC in third TR. Repeat from ** across to last shell. CH 1, turn.

Row 15: Repeat Row 5.

Rows 16- 23: Repeat Rows 2-5 twice.

Row 24: Repeat Row 2.

Row 25: TR (2 CH, TR) twice into CH-1 space, CH 1, skip CH-3, SC into SC. **CH 1, 1 TR (2 CH, 1 TR) 4 times into next CH 2 space, CH 1, SC into SC. Repeat from ** across ending with CH 1, TR (CH 2, TR) three times into CH-6 space. CH 6, turn.

Row 26: SC into then second TR, CH 3, skip next TR, DC into next CH-2 space. **CH 2, DC into next CH-2 space, CH 3, SC into 3rd TR, CH 3, skip next TR, DC in next CH-2 space. Repeat from ** across to last shell. CH 2, DC into next CH-2 space, CH 3, skip next TR, SC into 3rd TR, CH 3, skip next TR , DC into 3rd CH from top of t-CH. CH 7, turn.

Row 27: (TR, 2ch, TR) into DC, CH 1, skip CH-3, SC into SC. **CH 1, 1 TR (2 CH, 1 TR) 4 times into next CH-2 space, CH 1, SC into SC. Repeat from ** across, ending with CH 1, TR (CH 2, TR) twice into the 3rd CH from the top of the t-CH. CH 1, turn.

Rows 28-29: Repeat Rows 4-5.

Rows 30-37: Repeat Rows 2-5 twice. Fasten off, turn.

Row 38: Rejoin with SC to 3rd TR. **CH 3, skip next TR, DC in next CH-2 space, CH 2, DC in next CH-2 space of next shell, CH 3, SC in third TR. Repeat from ** across to last shell. Fasten off, turn.

Row 39: Rejoin with sl to first CH-2 space, CH 7, (TR, 2ch, TR) into same CH 2 space, CH 1, skip CH-3, SC into SC. **CH 1, 1 TR (2 CH, 1 TR) 4 times into next CH-2 space, CH 1, SC into SC. Repeat from ** across to second ending CH 1. TR (CH 2, TR) twice into last CH-2 space. Ch1, turn.

Rows 40-41: Repeat Rows 4-5.

Rows 42-57: Repeat Rows 2-5 three times (X-small), four times (Small and Medium), or five times (Large and X-large).

X-small (Medium, X-Large) sizes ONLY:

Rows 58-60: Repeat Rows 2-4.

Row 61: SC in SC, **CH 1, 1 TR (CH 2, 1 TR) 4 times in next CH-2 space, CH 1, SC in next SC (shell made). Repeat from ** 2 (3, 4) times (3 [4, 5] shells made). CH 6, turn.

Row 62: DC in first CH-2 space, CH 3, **SC in third TR, CH 3, skip next TR, DC in next CH-2 space, CH 2, DC in first CH-2 space of next shell, CH 3. Repeat from ** across to last shell, SC in third TR, CH 3, skip next TR, DC in next CH-2 space. CH 1, TR in SC. Fasten off.

Row 63: Rejoin with SC to top of 3rd (4th, 5th) shell from end of Row 60. **CH 1, 1 TR (CH 2, 1 TR) 4 times in next CH-2 space, CH 1, SC in next SC (shell made). Repeat from ** 2 (3, 4) times (3 [4, 5] shells made). CH 6, turn.

Row 64: Repeat Row 62.

Small (Large) sizes ONLY:

Row 58: Repeat Row 2.

Row 59: (TR, 2 CH, TR) into CH-1 space, CH 1, skip CH-3, SC into SC. **CH 1, 1 TR (2 CH, 1 TR) 4 times into next CH-2 space, CH 1, SC into SC. Repeat from ** 2 (3) times (3½ [ 4½] shells made). CH 6, turn.

Row 60: DC in first CH-2 space, CH 3. **SC in third TR, CH 3, skip next TR, DC in next CH-2 space, CH 2, DC in first CH-2 space of next shell, CH 3. Repeat from ** across to last shell. SC in third TR. Fasten off.

Row 61: Rejoin with SC to top of 3rd (4th) shell from end of Row 60. **CH 1, 1 TR (CH 2, 1 TR) 4 times in next CH-2 space, CH 1, SC in next SC (shell made). Repeat from ** 2 (3) times (3 [4] shells made). CH 1, TR (2 CH, TR) twice. CH 1, turn.

Row 62: SC into TR, CH 3, DC into second CH-2 space. **CH 2, DC into next CH-2 space, CH 3, SC into 3rd TR, CH 3, skip next TR, DC in next CH-2 space. Repeat from ** across, CH 1, TR into SC. Fasten off.

Weave in ends.

Front Panels (make 2)

See Front Diagrams: x-small (small, medium, large, x-large) (PDF).

CH 102 (112, 122, 132, 142).

Row 1: SC in second CH from hook. **CH 1, skip 4 CH, 1 TR (CH 2, 1 TR) 4 times in next CH, CH 1, skip 4 CH, SC in next CH (shell made). Repeat from ** 9 (10, 11, 12, 13) times (10 [11, 12, 13, 14] shells made). CH 6, turn.

Row 2: DC in first CH-2 space, CH 3. **SC in third TR, CH 3, skip next TR, DC in next CH-2 space, CH 2, DC in first CH-2 space of next shell, CH 3. Repeat from ** across to last shell. SC in third TR, CH 3, skip next TR, DC in next CH-2 space, CH 1, TR in SC. CH 7, turn.

Row 3: (TR, 2 CH, TR) into CH-1 space, CH 1, skip CH-3, SC into SC. **CH 1, 1 TR (2 CH, 1 TR) 4 times into next CH-2 space, CH 1, SC into SC. Repeat from ** across, ending with CH 1, TR (CH 2, TR) twice into CH-6 space. Ch1, turn.

Row 4: SC into TR, CH 3, DC into second CH-2 space. **CH 2, DC into next CH-2 space, CH 3, SC into 3rd TR, CH 3, skip next TR, DC in next CH-2 space. Repeat from ** across, ending with CH 2, DC into next CH-2 space, CH 3, SC into 3rd CH. CH 1, turn.

Row 5: SC in SC. **CH 1, 1 TR (CH 2, 1 TR) 4 times in next CH-2 space, CH 1, SC in next SC (shell made). Repeat from ** across to end. CH 6, turn.

Rows 6-13 : Repeat Rows 2-5 twice. Fasten off, turn.

Row 14: Rejoin with SC to 3rd TR. **CH 3, skip next TR, DC in next CH-2 space, CH 2, DC in next CH-2 space of next shell, CH 3, SC in third TR. Repeat from ** across to last shell. CH 1, turn.

Row 15: Repeat Row 5.

Row 16: DC in first CH-2 space, CH 3. **SC in third TR, CH 3, skip next TR, DC in next CH-2 space, CH 2, DC in first CH-2 space of next shell, CH 3. Repeat from ** across to last shell, SC in third TR. CH 1, turn.

Row 17: SC in SC. **CH 1, 1 TR (CH 2, 1 TR) 4 times in next CH-2 space, CH 1, SC in next SC (shell made). Repeat from ** across to last shell. CH 1, 1 TR (CH 2, 1 TR) 2 times in CH-6 space. CH 1, turn.

Row 18: SC into TR, CH 3, DC into second CH-2 space. **CH 2, DC into next CH-2 space, CH 3, SC into 3rd TR, CH 3, skip next TR, DC in next CH-2 space. Repeat from ** across, ending with CH 1, TR into SC. CH 7, turn.

Row 19: (TR, 2 CH, TR) into CH-1 space, CH 1, skip CH 3, SC into SC. **CH 1, 1 TR (2 CH, 1 TR) 4 times into next CH-2 space, CH 1, SC into SC. Repeat from ** across. CH 6, turn.

Row 20: DC in first CH-2 space, CH 3. **SC in third TR, CH 3, skip next TR, DC in next CH-2 space, CH 2, DC in first CH-2 space of next shell, CH 3. Repeat from ** across to last shell, SC in third CH of turning CH. CH 1, turn.

Row 21: Repeat Row 17.

Row 22: SC into TR, CH 3, DC into second CH-2 space. **CH 2, DC into next CH-2 space, CH 3, SC into 3rd TR, CH 3, skip next TR, DC in next CH-2 space. Repeat from ** across, ending with CH 2, DC into next CH-2 space, CH 3, SC into third TR. CH 1, turn.

Row 23: Repeat row 5.

Row 24: DC in first CH-2 space, CH 3. **SC in third TR, CH 3, skip next TR, DC in next CH-2 space, CH 2, DC in first CH-2 space of next shell, CH 3. Repeat from ** across to last shell, SC in third TR. CH 1, turn.

Row 25: SC in SC. **CH 1, 1 TR, (CH 2, 1 TR) 4 times in next CH-2 space, CH 1, SC in next SC (shell made). Repeat from ** across to last shell, CH 1, 1 TR (CH 2, 1 TR) 3 times. CH 6, turn.

Row 26: SC into the second TR, CH 3, skip next TR, DC into next CH-2 space. **CH 2, DC into next CH-2 space, CH 3, SC into 3rd TR, CH 3, skip next TR, DC in next CH-2 space. Repeat from ** across to last shell. CH 2, DC into next CH-2 space, CH 3, SC into 3rd TR, CH 3, skip next TR, DC into next CH-2 space, CH 1, TR into SC. CH 7, turn.

Row 27: (TR, 2 CH, TR) into CH-1 space, CH 1, skip CH 3, SC into SC. **CH 1, 1 TR, (2 CH, 1 TR) 4 times into next CH-2 space, CH 1, SC into SC. Repeat from ** across, ending with CH 1, TR, (CH 2, TR) twice into the 3rd CH of turning chain. CH 1, turn.

Row 28-29: Repeat rows 4 and 5.

Row 30: Repeat row 24.

Row 31: Repeat row 17.

Row 32: Repeat row 22.

Row 33: Repeat row 5.

Row 34-37: Repeat rows 2-5. Fasten off, turn.

Row 38: Rejoin with SC to 3rd TR, **CH 3, skip next TR, DC in next CH-2 space, CH 2, DC in next CH-2 space of next shell, CH 3, SC in third TR. Repeat from ** across to last shell. CH 1, turn.

Row 39: SC in SC. **CH 1, 1 TR (CH 2, 1 TR) 4 times in next CH-2 space, CH 1, SC in next SC (shell made). Repeat from ** across, ending with CH 1, 1 TR, (CH 2, 1 TR) 2 times in last CH-2 space. CH 1, turn.

Rows 40-41: Repeat rows 4 and 5.

Rows 42-45: Repeat rows 2-5.

Row 46: Repeat row 24.

Row 47: Repeat row 17.

Row 48: Repeat row 22.

Row 49: Repeat row 5.

Rows 50-53: Repeat rows 2-5.

Row 54: Repeat row 24.

Row 55: Repeat row 17.

Row 56: Repeat row 22.

Row 57: Repeat row 5.

(X-small only) Row 58: Repeat row 24. Fasten off.

(All other sizes) Rows 58-59: Repeat row 2 and 3.

(Small only) Row 60: Repeat row 4. Fasten off.

(Medium, Large, X-large) Rows 60-61: Repeat rows 4- 5.

(Medium only) Row 62: Repeat row 24. Fasten off.

(Large and X-large): Row 62: Repeat row 24.

Row 63: Repeat row 17.

(Large only) Row 64: Repeat row 22. Fasten off.

(X-large) Row 64: Repeat row 22.

Row 65: Repeat row 5.

Row 66: Repeat row 24. Fasten off and weave in all loose ends.

Sleeve (make 2)

Note: The sleeves are crocheted from cuff up to arm hole, so the pattern is written for the largest size first. See diagrams: x-large (large, medium, small, x-small) (PDF)

(X-Large only): CH 89.

(X-Large only) Row 1: TR (CH 2, TR) 2 times in 7th CH from hook, CH 1, skip 4 CH, SC in next CH. **CH 1, skip 4 CH, 1 TR (CH 2, 1 TR) 4 times in next CH, CH 1, skip 4 CH, SC in next CH (shell made). Repeat from ** 6 times, CH 1, skip 4 CH, TR, (CH 2, TR) 3 times in next CH. 7 full shells made; 2 partial shells made. CH 6, turn.

(X-Large only) Row 2: SC in 2nd TR. **CH 3, skip next TR, DC in next CH-2 space, CH 2, DC in next CH-2 space, CH 3, SC in third TR. Repeat from ** across to last partial shell; CH 3, DC in 3rd CH from top of t-CH. CH 7, turn.

(X-Large Only) Row 3: (TR, 2 CH, TR) into DC, CH 1, skip CH-3, SC into SC. **CH 1, 1 TR, (2 CH, 1 TR) 4 times into next CH-2 space, CH 1, SC into SC. Repeat from ** across, ending with CH 1, TR, (CH 2, TR) twice into the 3rd CH from top of t-CH. CH 1, turn.

(Large Only): CH 89.

(Large Only): Starting Row: TR (CH 2, TR) in 7th CH from hook, CH 1, skip 4 CH, SC in next CH. **CH 1, skip 4 CH, 1 TR, (CH 2, 1 TR) 4 times in next CH, CH 1, skip 4 CH, SC in next CH (shell made). Repeat from ** 6 times. Ch1, skip 4 CH, TR, (CH 2, TR) 2 times in next CH. 7 full shells made; 2 partial shells made. CH 1, turn.

(X-large and large): Row 4: SC into TR, CH 3, DC into second CH-2 space. **CH 2, DC into next CH-2 space, CH 3, SC into 3rd TR, CH 3, skip next TR, DC in next CH-2 space. Repeat from ** across. CH 2, DC into next CH-2 space, CH 3, SC into 3rd CH from top of t-CH. CH 1, turn.

(X-large and large): Row 5: SC in SC. **CH 1, 1 TR, (CH 2, 1 TR) 4 times in next CH-2 space, CH 1, SC in next SC (shell made). Repeat from ** across to end. CH 6, turn.

(Medium only): CH 82.

(Medium only) Starting Row: SC in second CH from hook. **CH 1, skip 4 CH, 1 TR, (CH 2, 1 TR) 4 times in next CH, CH 1, skip 4 CH, SC in next CH (shell made). Repeat from ** 7 times (8 shells made). CH 6, turn.

(XL, L, M): Row 6: DC in first CH-2 space, CH 3. **SC in third TR, CH 3, skip next TR, DC in next CH-2 space, CH 2, DC in first CH-2 space of next shell, CH 3. Repeat from ** across to last shell. SC in third TR, CH 3, skip next DC, DC in next CH-6 space, CH 1, TR in SC. CH 7, turn.

(XL, L, M) Row 7: Work (TR, 2 CH, TR) into CH-1 space, CH 1, skip 3 CH, SC into SC. **CH 1, 1 TR (2 CH, 1 TR) 4 times into next CH-2 space, CH 1, SC into SC. Repeat from ** across, ending with CH 1, TR, (CH 2, TR) twice into CH-6 space. CH 1, turn.

(XL, L, M) Rows 8-9: Repeat rows 4-5.

(Small Only) CH 72.

(Small Only) Starting Row: SC in second CH from hook. **CH 1, skip 4 CH, 1 TR, (CH 2, 1 TR) 4 times in next CH, CH 1, skip 4 CH, SC in next CH (shell made). Repeat from **6 times (7 shells made). CH 6, turn.

(XL, L, M, S): Row 10: Repeat row 6.

(XL, L, M, S): Row 11: TR, (2 CH, TR) 2 times into CH-1 space, CH 1, skip 3 CH, SC into SC. **CH 1, 1 TR, (2 CH, 1 TR) 4 times into next CH-2 space, CH 1, SC into SC. Repeat from ** across, ending with CH 1, TR, (CH 2, TR) 3 times into CH-6 t-CH. CH 6, turn.

(X-small Only) CH 69.

(X-small Only) Starting row: TR, (CH 2, TR) 2 times in 7th CH from hook, CH 1, skip 4 CH, SC in next CH. **CH 1, skip 4 CH, 1 TR, (CH 2, 1 TR) 4 times in next CH, CH 1, skip 4 CH, SC in next CH (shell made). Repeat from ** 4 times. CH 1, skip 4 CH, TR, (CH 2, TR) 3 times in next CH. 5 full shells made; 2 partial shells made. CH 6, turn.

(All sizes): Rows 12-16: Repeat rows 2-6.

Row 17: Repeat row 11.

Rows 18-23: Repeat rows 2-7.

Rows 24-26: Repeat rows 4-6.

Row 27: Repeat row 11.

Rows 28-32: Repeat rows 2-6.

Row 33: Repeat row 11.

Rows 34-39: Repeat rows 2-7.

Rows 40-42: Repeat rows 4-6.

Rows 43: Repeat row 11.

Rows 44-49: Repeat rows 2-7.

Rows 50-53: Repeat rows 4-7.

Rows 54-55: Repeat rows 4-5. Fasten off, turn.

Row 56: Rejoin with SC to 3rd TR. **CH 3, skip next TR, DC in next CH-2 space, CH 2, DC in next CH-2 space of next shell, CH 3, SC in third TR. Repeat from ** across to last shell. CH 1, turn.

Row 57-58: Repeat rows 5-6. Fasten off and weave in all loose ends.

Finishing

assemble the sweaterWash each panel and let air dry.

  • Whip stitch front and back panels together. Leave arm hole open and leave one inch opening on left side of body near waist for ribbon. See photo (right).
  • Whip stitch sleeves to body and then whip stitch sleeves closed.
  • Attach ribbon to the right and left front panel edge near waist. See photo for guidance.
  • If you prefer buttons, line up right panel over left and sew buttons to left side. Openings in the shells will be the button holes for the buttons.
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Comments

Sally C. wrote
on Jul 15, 2006 10:23 AM

It was nice to meet you at the Crochet/Knit convention yesterday in Valley Forge. Thanks for the stickers for me and my daughter. I love your patterns - keep up the good work, and keep hookin'!!

Rob wrote
on Sep 11, 2006 3:42 AM

Can you please give actual bust measurements for the sizes?

Anonymous wrote
on Oct 24, 2006 11:15 AM

All the dimensions are on the layout diagrams. The fit is as snug as you want to wrap the sweater. Good luck!

Anonymous wrote
on Oct 24, 2006 11:17 AM

Also, here's an optional neckline:

http://crochetbyfaye.blogspot.com/2006/01/optional-edging-for-ballet-sweater.html

Sue wrote
on Jan 9, 2007 7:56 PM

Hi. Can I use 2-ply wool yarn?

Robyn wrote
on Jan 22, 2007 1:32 PM

Sure. Just check your gage.

Good luck!

Robyn@6 wrote
on Nov 15, 2007 8:33 AM

Here are the sizes:

Sizes are XS, S, M, L, XL. Actual bust measurements are 32.5", 35", 37.5", 40", 42.5". To fit bust measurments 34, 36, 38, 40, 42.

The complete schematics are in the layout pdfs.

Robyn

crochet by faye

 

on Apr 17, 2008 10:49 AM
Lovely and timeless.

I'm going to attempt this very soon.