Last week I gave you a peek at my latest project, a pair of crochet slippers for one of my daughters. As promised, I’m going to show you how to crochet these simple and easy to customize ballet flats.
For the purpose of this tutorial, the pattern is for a child size slipper but you will be able to make adjustments to create any size you want.
Materials & Supplies
- Medium weight worsted yarn in two colours (one for the slippers and one for the flowers)
- 4.0mm hook
- Sewing needle & thread (for sewing the flower in place)
- sl st – slip stitch
- sc – single crochet
- hdc – half double crochet
- dc – double crochet
For this section of the slipper you will be crocheting in rounds or creating a circle for the front end of the slipper. Never crocheted in rounds? Don’t worry, it’s very simple and once you catch on to the pattern, you’ll be crocheting in circles soon in enough. Yeah, I know…totally cheesy. I couldn’t help myself.
Round 1: Ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook.
Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around. (12 stitches in total)
Round 3: 1 sc, 2 sc in next sc, repeat 6 times. (18 stitches)
Round 4: 2 sc, 2 sc in next next sc, repeat 6 times (24 stitches)
Round 5: 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, repeat 6 times (30 stitches)
At this point you will need to measure the crochet round against the widest part of your foot. Your circle should be slightly smaller than the width of your foot. There is a bit of guesswork involved but leaving about 1/2 – 1cm of space on each side of the circle will ensure a snug fitting slipper. If your circle is too small, continue crocheting in rounds based on the pattern above until your reach the desired width. If your circle is too big, simple undo excess stitching until the round fits your needs.
Rounds 6-16: 1 sc in each sc around (30 stitches)*
*These rows determine the length of the front part of the slipper (where your toes fit). You may add or decrease rows based on your personal preference and/or sizing needs. Your slipper should look something like this:
Once you have reached the desired length for the front part of slipper you are ready to crochet the rows for the bottom and the sides.
Row 17: Turn your hook so you are crocheting in the opposite direction as before. Ch 1, sc in next 17 stitches (18 stitches in total). Note: The length of this row creates the base for the bottom and sides of your slipper. Increase or decrease your stitches according to the size of your foot.
Rows 18+ : Turn and repeat row 17 until slipper is at your desired length. The slipper should reach the back of your ankle. Fold the heel of the slipper inside out so the exterior sides are touching. Slip stitch the back together. Fasten off and weave in end.
Hooray, your first slipper is complete! Now repeat everything to complete the pair. You can leave your ballet flats as is or embellish as you wish.
Rnd 1: Ch 2, 9 sc in second ch from the hook, sl st to 1st ch.
Rnd 2: Ch 3, skip 1 sc of the base round, sl st in next sc, repeat 4 times (5 “petal bases”)
Rnd 3: Working in the first chain 3 section, 1 sl st, 1 sc 1 hdc, 3 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc, 1 sl st, repeat pattern in next 4 petals.
Rnd 4: Ch 3, sl st in the stitch behind and between two petals. Repeat 4 times for a total of 5 petal bases
Rnd 5: Repeat Rnd 3 for all 5 petals.
Fasten off and weave in ends.
*Recognize the flower? I learned to make this last year after discovering a great tutorial over at Ucreate. The pattern I have provided is an adapted version of Heather B.’s original.
Sew the flower in place on your slipper. That’s it you’re done. Now repeat to complete a second flower for your other slipper.
I have to warn you that crocheting these custom ballet flats may be addicting. I’ve made two pairs for my girls and now I’m thinking I need some new slippers too!
If you crochet your own pair, please make sure you come back and share your results by leaving a comment:-) Happy Crocheting!
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