Ballet Knitting Patterns?

As you can tell by my profile picture, I dance!
I really want some cool knitting patterns for me to wear while I warm up. Does anybody know some good patterns???
Thanks a lot!:knitting:

I haven’t tried any of these but here’s a variety of leg warmers.

You should be able to find some nifty little warm up sweaters by searching on ‘ballet sweaters’. Some may be for babies, but I know there’s a bunch out there in adult sizes on various yarn company sites. Try Lion.

I have this book and love it ! It has ballet craft projects and several knitting patterns.


One of my favorite books is One Skein Wonders. It has quite a few shrugs, boleros, half-sweaters, and shawls with designs inspired by dancers. What I do is scroll to the bottom right of this page and look for used books. My used books from these Amazon companies have always been in almost new condition but I only pay a fraction of the cost of new books.

Wow! Thanks for all the great suggestions!

Not sure if this will help but here is one…


 This sweater features a surplice (cross over) front,
 with decorative knitting along the diagonal fronts, and
 set in sleeves with shaped sleeve caps.  It is worked
 in reverse stockinette (i.e. purl) to emphasize the
 fuzzy yarn, and to soften the stripes formed by the
 varigated yarn.  Note that the body of this sweater was
 knit sideways, in order to create vertical stripes with
 the varigated yarn.  Sleeves are picked up from the
 shoulder edge, and knit down, using short rows for
 Instructions given are for child's size 5, sweater
 chest = 26 inches.  Sweater is designed to fit closely
 (for ballet class) in the body, with a little fullness
 and extra length in the sleeves for growth.
 Gauge: 42 rows = 4 inches; 26 sts = 4 inches
 Recommended needle size: US #2.  You will need a #2
 circular needle to work front band.
 Original Yarn: sportweight varigated wool/mohair boucle
 (sorry, I don't know how much, the skeins were
 unmarked, and I haven't weighed the sweater yet).
 Width of back - 13 inches
 Width of front (at bottom) - 13 inches
 Length from bottom to underarm - 8 1/4 inches
 Length from bottom to shoulder - 14 inches
 Width of sleeve at underarm (widest point) - 12 1/2
 Width of sleeve at cuff - 7 1/2 inches
 Length of sleeve - 14 1/2
 SSK: With the yarn beind, ready to knit, slip 1 stitch
 as if to knit. Slip 2nd stitch as if to knit.  Slip the
 lefthand needle into the fronts of these two stitchs
 and knit them together.
 SSP: With the yarn in front, ready to purl, slip 1
 stitch as if to knit.  Slip 2nd stitch as if to knit. 
 Slip both stitches back to the lefthand needle.  Insert
 the righthand needle from the back, and purl the two
 stitches together.  This is the equivalent of the SSK,
 but is worked on the purl side of the fabric.
 Cast on 40 sts.  Work even in reverse stockinette (i.e.
 purl side is right side of knitting) for 3/4 inch (8
 Shape armhole:
 Inc 1 st at beg of every other row 4 times (44 sts). 
 Work 1 row even.  Cast on 34 sts at beginning of next
 row (78 sts).
 Work even in reverse stockinette until piece measures
 10 inches from beginning.
 Shape second armhole:
 Bind off 34 sts at beginning of row (be sure to start
 binding off from the shoulder edge).  Dec 1 st at
 beginning of every other row 4 times (40 sts).  Work
 even for 3/4 inches (8 rows).  Bind off.
 Work the same as for back until the armhole has been
 shaped and there are 78 sts.  Begin decreases for
 diagonal front immediately.  These decreases are worked
 as follows: At the shoulder edge, maintain two stitches
 in stockinette (NOT REVERSE STOCKINETTE).  Decrease 1
 st every row, four times, then work the fifth row even. 
 In other words:
 Rows 1,3: K1, SSK, P across.
 Rows 2,4: K across until 3 sts remain.  SSP, P1.
 Row 5: K2, P across.
 Rows 6,8: Repeat row 2.
 Rows 7,9: Repeat row 1
 Row 10: K across until 2 sts remain, P2.
 Repeat these 10 rows until 2 sts remain, and front
 measures 11 1/2 inches from side seam to point at
 bottom of front.  K2 tog.
 Work same as for left front, reversing shaping.  Work
 decreases for diagonal fronts as follows:
 Rows 1,3,7,9: P across until 3 sts remain.  K2 tog, K1.
 Rows 2,4,6,8: P1, P2 tog, K across.
 Row 5: P across until 2 sts remain, K2
 Row 10: P2, K across.
 DECORATIVE FRONT BANDS (work this on both of the
 Use any decorative pattern you like.  I used beading,
 but a fair isle color pattern, or a lace pattern would
 work just as well. The decorative panel is 13 1/2
 inches wide (that's the length from shoulder at neck
 edge to the waist, along the diagonal front) by 2 1/4
 inches long.
 IF WORKING IN STOCKINETTE, pick up 87 sts along
 diagonal front edge.
 IF NOT WORKING IN STOCKINETTE, do a swatch in your
 pattern stitch to find gauge, and calculate the number
 of sts needed to cover the 13 1/2 inches.
 Work in pattern for 2 1/4 inches, while shaping
 shoulder edge and waist edge as follows:
 IF WORKING IN STOCKINETTE, decrease 1 st at shoulder
 edge every 4th row, and at the same time, increase 1 st
 at waist edge every 4th row.
 calculate how often to decrease/increase.  You want to
 decrease/increase 1" at the shoulder/waist edge.  Take
 the number of rows you expect to work in your pattern
 and divide them by the stitches per inch in your
 pattern.  This will give you the number of rows between
 decreases.  For example, in my gauge (which happens to
 be for stockinette), there are 10.5 rows per inch times
 2.25 inches in my decorative border = 23.625 rows,
 which rounds to 24 rows.  There are 6.5 sts per inch. 
 24 rows divided by 6.5 sts = 3.69, which is rounded to
 4.  Therefore the decrease/increase is worked every 4
 The beading pattern I used was:
 Before knitting, string 84 beads onto yarn.  When the
 pattern calls for "Bead," bring the yarn to the front
 as if to purl.  Slip a bead up the yarn all the way to
 the knitting.  Slip the next stitch as if to purl. 
 Bring the yarn to the back, leaving the bead in front
 of the knitting.
 Work two rows in reverse stockinette before beginning
 the beading pattern.
 Row 1: K 5, bead.  Repeat this across.
 Row 2 (and all other wrong side rows): Purl.
 Row 3: K2, *Bead, K5*.  Repeat between ** across,
 ending K3.
 Row 4-8: Stockinette.
 Row 9: K5, *Bead, K11*.  Repeat between ** across,
 ending K6.
 Row 11: K4, *Bead, K1, Bead, K9*.  Repeat between **
 across, ending K5.
 Row 13: Repeat row 9.
 Rows 14-18: Stockinette.
 Row 19: Repeat row 3.
 Row 21: Repeat row 1.
 Row 22: Purl across.
 Row 23: Purl across.
 Row 24: Knit across.
 Note that the pattern is given for an even multiple of
 12 sts.  It does not center the pattern.  I began
 working row 1 with K2, then a bead.  The
 increases/decrease to maintain the diagonal shoulder
 and waist edges also throw the instructions off.
 Beading chart (only right-side rows are shown)
 x = bead
 | = knit st
 21 x|||||x|||||
 19 |||x|||||x||
 17 ||||||||||||
 15 ||||||||||||
 13 ||||||x|||||
 11 |||||x|x||||
  9 ||||||x|||||
  7 ||||||||||||
  5 ||||||||||||
  3 |||x|||||x||
  1 x|||||x|||||
 Do not bind off.
 Sew fronts to back at shoulders.  On right side,
 starting from bottom edge of right front, using a
 circular needle, purl 87 sts.  Continue across back
 neck edge, picking up 32 sts (in knit).  Purl 87 sts
 from left front.  (206 sts total)
 Next row (wrong side), beginning and ending P2, work in
 K2 P2 ribbing.  Continue in ribbing for 3 more rows,
 then bind off.
 Beginning at the underarm side seam, pick up 84 sts
 along armhole edge as follows:  This is 1 st in every
 other row at the bottom of the armhole (total 4 sts), 1
 st in every other row along the diagonal section where
 the underarm decreases were worked (4 more sts), and 1
 st in each stitch up to the shoulder seam (34 more sts)
 for a total of 42 sts.  Continue down the other side of
 the armhole, picking up 1 st in every st along the edge
 34 times, then 4 sts (1 every other row along the
 diagonal), and 4 more sts (1 every other row across the
 underarm).  Total 84 sts.
 Work in reverse stockinette throughout the sleeve. 
 Work the first 62 sts (wrong side).  Begin working
 short rows to shape sleeve cap: turn and work back 40
 sts.  Turn and work back 41 sts.  Turn and work back 42
 sts.  Continue to work back and forth, working one
 additional stitch each row, until 76 stitches have been
 worked (4 sts remain unworked at each end of needle). 
 Now begin working across all 84 stitches.
 Work 11 rows even.  Then begin decreasing 1 st at each
 edge of sleeve, every 4th row, until 48 sts remain. 
 Sleeve should measure about 8 inches from underarm. 
 Work in K2 P2 ribbing for 24 rows. Bind off.
 Sew side and sleeve seams.
 On right side of knitting, beginning at point of left
 front, pick up 85 sts across bottom of front.  Continue
 across back, picking up 84 more sts.  Continue across
 right front, picking up 85 sts.  Total 254 sts.
 On wrong side, begin working K2 P2 ribbing (starting
 and ending with P2).  continue in K2 P2 ribbing for 24
 Overlap fronts and sew down ends of ribbing to side
 I didn't want to sew any seams, so I knit the back,
 then picked up stitches across the side seam and knit
 the front onto it.  I picked up stitches for the other
 front and knit it onto the back also.  Then I knitted
 the decorative bands on the fronts, and sewed the
 shoulder seams.  I picked up the sleeve stitches and
 worked in the round on dp needles, so there were no
 sleeve seams to sew.  It was a little annoying keeping
 track of all the dp needles while working short rows to
 shape the sleeve cap.  A set of 5 needles would be very
 convenient for this purpose.
 There is no reason to knit the back and fronts sideways
 if you don't want to.  Simply calculate the number of
 stitches to cast on for the bottom of the back (13
 inches across) work your ribbing and knit up desired
 length to the under arm.  Bind off enough sts at each
 underarm to make 3/4 inch, then decrease 1 st every
 other row at each armhole edge 4 times.  Work 6 1/4
 inches from underarm bind off to shoulder.
 Begin the fronts the same as the back.  At the top of
 the waist ribbing, begin decreasing to form diagonal
 fronts.  Calculate the number of rows from waist to
 shoulder, and the number of stitches from side seam to
 neck edge (i.e. the length of the diagonal neck edge). 
 Divide rows by stitches to find how often you will need
 to decrease.  You may want to work your decorative
 front band in one piece with the front, and do your
 decreases along the inner edge of the decorative band. 
 Cables and lace are easy to incorporate in this
 version, because the pattern is a vertical one, rather
 than horizontal.
 Work button holes, or crochet buttonhole loops at the
 ends of the waistband ribbing, and use buttons to close
 front, or use ties as fasteners.

I see you’re new and I want to welcome you, but also ask - is this your pattern? If not, if you got it from a website or book or magazine, please delete it from your post and put in the link or the name of the book or magazine it’s in. Even if it’s a free pattern, it still belongs to someone and you’re not allowed to repost it without their permission. The site owners her can get into a lot of trouble if complete patterns are posted on the forum. Thank you.