Crocheted Miniature Ballet Slippers

These tiny ballet slippers are certain to please any dancer or dancer-at-heart!  You can use cotton thread or embroidery thread.  The slippers are about an inch long from toe to heel.  Of course, you can use yarn and a  larger hook to make a larger ornament.

You will need:

Light pink cotton thread

Dark pink cotton thread

A 2.75 mm crochet hook

Scissors

A small amount of pink ribbon

Starch or fabric stiffener (optional)

 


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Step 1.  Make the sole of the slipper.

 

Rd. 1.  (You will make an oval)  Chain 10, sc in 2nd chain from hook and in the next 7 stitches.  Work 5 sc in the last stitch.  This should turn you around the end.  You will work the next 7 sc in the back loops of the original chain.  Work 4 sc in the last stitch.  Join to the first stitch with a slip stitch.

Rd. 2.  Chain 1, sc in same stitch and in next 7 stitches.  Work 2 sc in the next 5 stitches.  Work 7 sc in the next seven stitches.  Work 2 sc in each of the last stitches around the curve.  Join.

Rd. 3.  Chain 1, sc in same stitch and in next 12 stitches.  Work 2 sc in next 3 stitches.  Work 12 more sc and then 2 sc in each stitch around the curve.  Join.

 

Step 2.  Make the sides of the slipper.

Rd. 4.  Ch 1.  Sc in same stitch and in each stitch around.

Rd. 5.  Ch. 3.  Dc in same stitch and in each stitch around.

 
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Step 3.  Finish the slipper.

Rd. 6. Ch. 2.  Turn. Insert hook into next stitch, yarn over and draw thread through.  (2 loops on hook)  Insert hook in next stitch, yarn over and draw thread through all 3 loops.  Repeat 3 times.  Tie off.

 

Step 4.  Make the flowers.

Chain 4.  Slip st in 4th chain from hook.  (This chain will become the center of the flower.) *Chain 3.  Slip stitch in the center chain.  Repeat from * until there are six petal on the flower.  Tie off.


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Step 5.  Finish the ornament.

When you have two slippers and two flower, sew or glue the flowers onto the toes of the slippers.  Add a loop of ribbon to each slipper.  To help the slippers hold their shape, you can spray them with starch or fabric stiffener, shape them, and let them dry.

 

The earliest ballerinas actually wore highheels!  As the art of ballet developed, dancers removed the heels and began to dance in soft slippers that allowed for more athletic motion.  The first ballerina to dance in toe shoes was Marie Taglioni when she appeared in La Sylphide, in 1832.  This performace changed ballet - before long all female dancers performed on toe!

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