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MAKE: Knitted Ballet Slippers
by Lisa Margreet of www.lisamargreet.com
These ballet slippers make perfect that your wool will stretch so if 6. Measure approximately
guest slippers if you want to make anything measure short rather than 2 inches / 0 cm wool from your
a few pairs for your friends to wear being generous. Make a note of the knitting end and cut off. Use this
when they come over. They’re not total length. end to run through the top of
exactly one-size fits all, but they will 2. Measure the width of your your stitches on the needle like a
stretch a little for larger feet and foot and add approximately one drawstring and drop them off the
you can pull on the tie fastener to inch /  cm for the sides of your end of your needle. There is no need
make them snug for smaller feet. slipper. Adjust measurements for to cast-off in this pattern. (Did I just
your preference, so if you want them hear you sigh with relief?!)
They are made using garter stitch to come higher up your foot then 7. Put your knitted rectangle-ish
so nothing more complicated than measure to that. Make a note of the on the floor and put your foot on it.
knit stitches, then stitch the seams total width. Pull the front bits together and mark
together! 3. Using your chosen wool and on each side the point where you
needle size, cast-on enough stitches want them to meet on your foot, and
Instructions to achieve the width noted in step 2. then sew up the front seam.
1. We will assume that the first 4. Knit every row until your 8. Sew up the open edges at the
pair of slippers you are making is for piece measures the length as noted other end to form the back seam for
you, so measure the length of your in Step . the heel.
foot and make a note of it. Then add 5. For the next 2 rows knit two 9. If you can crochet then make a
approximately one and a half inches stitches together. This is called a chain long enough to go around the
/  cm to that total to cover the heel, ‘decrease’ and will give you a slightly top edge of the slipper, otherwise
and approximately two inches /  cm rounded rectangle shape that you thread some thin ribbon through
for the front toe covering. Remember need for your slipper. and make a bow at the front. This
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