The Ballroom stitch pattern was created while I was trying to make a pintuck effect on a stitch pattern. I didn't get the pintuck effect I was after, but other ideas came to mindballroom curtains, or the hem of a cardigan! Wouldn't it be cute on a babydelicate and just enough detail with a Mao collar?
Classic Elite's Chesapeake yarn in Shanghai Red was the perfect yarn and color combo to create a charming baby cardigan. Nacre buttons can give it a very chic style for holidays or special occasion while simple tone on tone buttons can work for a simple, every-day look.
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50% organic cotton, 50% merino wool
Included in the Verde Collection, Chesapeake is a wonderful combination of fibers producing a yarn that takes you through all seasons. The blend of cool, crisp, organic cotton combined with extra soft, merino wool and the gauge of 5 sts per inch, make this a great yarn for both adult and children garments. The heathered colors of the 12 color palette are the lovely result of the different ways the vegetable and animal components take the dyes.
Slipped stitches can be used to create a myriad of effects. Stephanie used them to create gathered ribs in her Ballroom Stitch.
When slipping the stitches, the strand of yarn can be held to the right-side or the wrong-side of the work. The Ballroom Stitches keeps the strand of yarn on the wrong-side, but it's always fun to experiment with different options. Maybe try a swatch holding the strand of yarn on the right-side to see how it looks?
Read more about slipped stitches.
Here is the free downloadable Chesapeake Baby Ballroom Cardi pattern.
If you have difficulty downloading or printing the PDF pattern above, try these: page 1 - page 2