Crochet club: ballet slippers
Kate Eastwood’s beautiful ballet slippers will send you pirouetting around your bedroom!
Now that there is just the faintest of autumn nips in the air what could be more welcoming than the snuggliest of slippers – and not just any old slippers either! Indulge yourself in a bit of girly pinkness with these delicate ballet slippers – they’ll have you dancing and skipping around in your pyjamas before you can say Rudolph Nureyev!
For my slippers I used 3 x balls of Paintbox Cotton DK in the colour in Blush Pink 454. I worked with 2 strands of the yarn and a 3.5mm hook. You will also need some ribbon to tie around the upper edge of each slipper and two large poppers, one to fasten each of the ankle straps.
The slipper pattern is in UK crochet terms but you can convert to US terminology using our handy chart. The size of the slipper is a medium, ladies size UK 5/6 (Eur 38/39, US 7.5/8.5, Japanese 24/23.5) but you can easily increase or decrease the length of the slipper to fit.
Round 1: Begin by making a Magic Ring and then work 8 DC in to the ring. Sl St to join and ch 1.
Round 2: Work 2 TR in each stitch, 16 sts. Sl St to join and ch1.
Round 3: *Work 1 Tr in to the next stitch and 2 Tr in to the following stitch*. Repeat all the way round. 24 sts. Sl St to join , Ch 1.
Round 4: * Work 1 Tr in to each of the next 2 stitches and then 2 Tr in to the following stitch.* Repeat all the way around. 32 sts. Sl St to join and Ch 1.
Round 5: * Work 1 Tr in to each of the next 3 stitches and then 2 Tr in to the following stitch.* Repeat all the way around. 40 sts. Sl St to join and Ch 1.
Round 6: Work a round of Tr. 40 sts. Sl St to join and Ch 1.
Round 7: Work a round of Tr. 40 sts. Sl St to join and Ch 1.
Rounds 8 and 9: You are now going to begin the shaping at the front of the slipper. Tr 13, HTr 2, DC 3, Sl St 4, DC 3, HTr 2, Tr 13. 40 sts. Join with a Sl St and ch 1.
Round 10: Tr 12, HTr 1, DC 1, Sl St 12, DC 1, HTr 1, Tr 12. 40 sts. Join with a Sl St and finish off.
You are now going to rejoin your yarn and work straight rows of Tr to creat the body of the shoe.
Count 12 stitches from the centre back stitch and rejoin your yarn and work a HTr in the same space, TR 22 and then work a HTR. Chain 2 and turn. Continue working rows of Tr, remembering to Ch 2 and turn at the end of each row. You need to work enough rows of Tr so that the sole and sides of the shoe come all the way to the back of your heel, with enough left to bring the two edges together at the back of the heel. I worked a total of 15 rows of Tr.
When your slipper is the right length, with right sides together join the two edges together by working a row of DC down the centre back of the heel, that works through both pieces and holds them together. When turned back the right way your slipper will have a small joining seam down the centre back.
The next step is to thread your ribbon all around the upper edge of each slipper, with the two ends meeting at the centre front where the ribbon can be tied in a small bow.
To finish your slippers you just need to add the ankle strap and bow. To make the strap, chain 46 and starting in the 2nd chain from the hook work a row of 45 Tr. At the end of the row chain 2, turn and work a second row of Trs. Finish off and sew in ends.
To make the bow, chain 31 and starting in the 2nd chain from the hook work a row of 30 Tr. At the end of the row chain 2, turn and work a second row of Trs. Finish off and using the ends of the yarn sew the two short ends together. Placing this seam in the centre take a long length of the matching yarn and wind it tightly around the centre of the bow and then secure in place. Finish off and sew in the ends.
To join the ankle strap to the slipper work a few oversew stitches at the centre back of the shoe. Add a popper to each strap and finish off by sewing the bow in place.
And now… with your slippers completed, you’re all ready to start practising your plies and pointy toes!