I’ve been on a crochet footwear kick lately. I’m loving trying out socks and slippers and I’m so excited to share these crochet ballet slippers with you today!
Design Story and Inspiration for the Crochet Ballet Slippers
I love how these turned out! I know I’m showing my age, but when I was in high school in the 90’s (yes, I know!!) I loved these simple little velvet shoes I had in this style. We called them “Baby Doll Shoes”.
I had both black and a dark green pairs and wore them probably three days a week to school (including the time when we got back super late from an extracurricular activity and I put on one of each color in the morning! lol!).
Now, I’m loving wearing my new crochet versions all over the house. Even though it’s warming up here, with the A/C on in the house sometimes my feet get cold, so these are coming in handy.
These also make amazing gifts so if you need to send someone something handmade that doesn’t take a long time and is a bit different – these work!
If you want to make a baby pair to match your slippers, be sure to check out my Baby Ballet Slippers!
Yarn Options for Crochet Slippers
I created this with Red Heart Baby Hugs Light, which is a DK yarn that I made the baby booties from. It is tested to be free from harmful levels of over 300 chemicals, so I feel good making things for babies with it as well as wearing it against my skin.
Of course you are free to substitute and use up that stash!! Just check that you are using a DK weight yarn (weight #3) and that it is getting the same gauge – otherwise you might have slippers much larger or smaller than you intended!
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These crochet ballet slippers are made from the toe up, so you will begin with a magic ring and work in rounds until you pass the toe area, then you work back and forth in rows.
The strap is created by working chains and connecting to the opposite side.
Finally, you will sew the back seam to finish your ballet slippers.
How to Customize Your Crochet Slippers
These are easy to customize and you will see slight variations for different shoe sizes. The good thing is that they stretch quite a bit to fit a variety of sizes. If you are making them for you, keep trying them on, which is what I did, and adjust from there.
If you are making them for someone else, please try to find their shoe size and make the appropriate size. If in doubt, make a smaller size as they do stretch.
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Perfect Crochet Ballet Slippers
What You’ll Need
Yarn: Red Heart Baby Hugs Light (Dk size 3), 1 skein Ink
Hook: US Size F (3.75mm)
Notions: Yarn needle, scissors
Gauge: 16 sts and 12 rows = 4″ (10cm) in dc
To fit Women’s size 4-6 (7-9, 10-12)
Foot circumference 7 (7.5, 8)”
Foot length 8 (9, 10)”
Notes: For a neater look, use a chainless dc instead of the ch 3 at the beginning of rows.
Slippers will have some “give” to them and will fit a range of sizes as shown above.
Make magic ring.
Round 1: Ch 3, 9 dc in magic ring, pull tightly and join with slip st to top of chain (10 sts).
Round 2: Ch 3, dc in same st, 2 dc in each st around, join with slip st to top of chain (20 sts).
Round 3: Ch 3, 2 dc in next st, *dc, 2 dc in next st; repeat from * around, join with slip st to top of chain (30 sts). For size 4-6, skip the last 2 increases for a total of (28 sts). For size 10-12, work 2 extra increases for a total of (32 sts).
Rounds 4-10: Ch 3, work even on 28 (30, 32) sts in dc, join with slip st to top of chain.
Pattern is worked flat in rows from this point to the end.
Row 1: Ch 3, dc in next 17 (19, 21) sts; turn 18 (20, 22 sts).
Rows 2-4: Ch 3, work even on 18 (20, 22) sts in dc; turn.
Row 5: Ch 3, work evenly across, ch 12 (14, 16), join with slip st to opposite end, do not turn.
Rows 6-14 (17, 20) : Ch 3, work even on 18 (20, 22) sts in dc; turn.
Slip st in first st of row to close heel. Fasten off.
Use mattress stitch to sew seam in back.
Weave in ends.
That’s it!! These are easy, fun, and great to wear.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this free crochet pattern for the Perfect Crochet Ballet Slippers. If you want more great crochet patterns, check out my free pattern library here.