I am having a pattern summer; not only am I releasing a number of patterns in English I am also working on a collection of new ones. The next one in the queue for releasing is my Oriel Ballerina, first published in Norwegian in the magazine Made By Me in their Spring issue in February. Brilliantly photographed by Kim Müller and beautifully worn by dancer Francesca Golfetto. Thanks to my test knitters who have helped me improve the pattern! The English pattern is available to download from my Ravelry Store: The delicate teal colour filled my mind with visions of ballerinas in tulle petticoats. Perfect for a ballerina wrap with oriel lace sleeves, and a garter stitch belt to tie one or two times around your waist. With all the focus on the sleeves the body is knitted in stockinette stitch in the divine Zephyr Lace; a mixture of merino and tussah silk.
Sizes: S (M, L, XL)
Finished measurements: Bust 90 (94, 99, 104) cm/35.5 (37, 39, 41)” incl overlap 8 cm/3.25″ Waist 78 (82, 87, 93) cm/30.75 (32.25, 34.25, 36.5)” Length 48 (48, 50, 52) cm/19 (19, 19.75, 20.5)” Sleeve length 46cm/18″
Yarn: Jagger Spun Zephyr Wool-Silk 2/18 in Teal, (50% merino, 50% tussah silk, 4609 m/5040 yds, 453 g/1lb cone): 1323 (1831, 2340, 2849) m/ 1447 (2002, 2559, 3116) yds. Zephyr Wool Silk.
Alternative yarns: Drops, Lace (70% alpaca, 30% silk, 800 m/ 874 yds, 100 g) Lace. DyeforWool, Baby Alpaca/Silk Lace Yarn (70% alpaca, 30% silk, 800 m/ 874 yds, 100 g) Etsy. Or another Lace/2 ply yarn.
Needles: 3 mm/US 2.5 (80 cm/32″) circular needle. Adjust needle size to match gauge.
Notions: Scrap yarn for running markers, stitch holders and yarn needle.
Gauge: 28 sts and 38 rows in st st measures 10 cm/4″ square. 28 sts and 36 rows in Oriel Lace measures 10 cm/4″ square, steamed and stretched. 24 sts and 52 rows in garter st measures 10 cm/4″ square.
Note: The sleeves are knitted in Oriel Lace while the back and fronts are knitted in garter st for the belt and stockinette stitch for the body.