Ballet! Ballet! Ballet!

knit and crochet  pink ballet slippers

The girl loves to dance and is especially enamored with all things ballet and pink. So we’ve signed her up for a dance class at the Maine State Ballet School, just down the road. She was a bit shy at first about the going to the open house last week but she and the boy both sat entranced watching a class of teenagers warm up. Her class starts next week and all she wants to do is wear her leotards and ballet shoes, all day, every day.

So I made up these slippers for her to wear in the house, hoping to save the real thing for class. I’ll let you know how that works out, ha! I crocheted the sole out of cotton to mimic the stiffness of the leather sole shape on real ballet shoes. The upper is knit from some unknown pink soft stuff I picked out of the remnant bin at my LYS. I picked up the stitches in such a way as to make a contrast line of pink on the sole that looks like sewn stitches. Both yarns about sock weight. The reason I mixed crochet and knit is because I wanted a stable sole but a stretchy upper. I think it worked out pretty well and I managed to make them both about the same size despite not writing anything down as I went along. I think I’ll make a pair for me. The weather has turned and it’s getting too cold to go barefoot all the time.

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  1. Kelly’s avatar


    You never cease to amaze me with your creativity and talent! I’m so proud to know you and brag about your amazing products!!!


  2. Snippety Gibbet’s avatar

    Those are so precious. Any little girl would love them.

  3. Kathy Keiser’s avatar

    These are so nicely made, and your daughter will be proud to wear what you made without a pattern. I am impressed. I’ll love to see you make ballet costumes for her.

  4. livnletlrn’s avatar

    Cute! Leah knit something similar for herself a few yrs ago:

    I think it was one of the first times she followed a written pattern.

    If they’re too slippery, I have heard that puff paint or clear silicone will work to make them non-skid. Tutorial for applying the silicone here:

  5. Frogginette’s avatar

    These are adorable! I’m very impressed that you came up with the pattern yourself, how neat!

  6. Naomi’s avatar

    Genius. And beautiful!

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