Ballet lessons are just so popular with young ladies of 6 or 7 and for some reason seem to be held in the coldest, draughiest halls that can be found.
My grandaughter is one such young lady, who has recently attained a blue belt and now just can't wait for Tuesday's to come round, regardless of the sub-zero temperatures. However her pretty, but thin, ballet wrap round cardigan is just not up to chilly halls, so I thought I would run her up a thicker version.
Now this is where it gets tricky, as there are only a few patterns that fit the bill and they all seem to have ties round the back. Not a good idea when you have only just mastered bows at the front! So armed with graph paper and a calculator I devised a pattern with a cross over that buttons and that can be adjusted for size - tada!!
All the boxes ticked - warm, easy to get on and off and make a little larger when our 28aaa bust arrives and pink! What more could a budding Darcy Bussle want?
The pattern I decided upon has a garterstitch button band and I have always found them to have a rather bobbly and unappealing edge, so I googled and found this edge which looks firm and smooth.
It really is so easy to do, you just purl the last stitch of the row at the edge of the border and then slip the first stitch through the back of the stitch on the way back and the result as you can see from the picture above is very pleasing.
This pattern is in double knitting wool, using size 4mm needles and fits a 26in chest. If you would like a copy of the pattern, please e-mail me and I will see what I can do. At the moment I only have the instructions for this one size, but if there is much interest I will try to adjust it to more sizes and put it on the blog.