Ballet slippers by Claire Garland
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Ballet slippers

September 2013
Quince & Co’s Chickadee
Light Fingering ?
11 stitches and 13 rows = 2 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 4 - 3.5 mm
50 - 55 yards (46 - 50 m)
the slipper fits a US shoe size 7-8 (UK 5-6) but can easily be adjusted
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Pretty peachy ballet slippers which feel so-oo luscious when worn - something about them makes you want to just point your toes and leap into a brisé or jeté (so the pattern comes with prior warning to take great care when wearing these beauties!)

They are knitted working the sock toe short row method then shaped gently along the sole. I then added a neat trim along the row ends, along the heel and instep divide which I suggest you work in a mercerised cotton or perhaps a more decadent silk yarn - this trim also acts as a channel through which cotton thonging is encased so that - like ‘real’ leather ballet slippers - the slipper can be tightened for a snugly fit.

I have designed the slipper to fit an average size 7-8 US shoe (5-6 UK shoe - continental size - 37-39) although the slippers are simply adjusted to suit each foot by adding extra rows where indicated.

And finally, there is a felt sole and felt inner to add - simple whip stitch sewing - nothing complicated or time consuming at all.

May I also add that there is an extra pdf which is included (hence it being an e-book pattern) which describes in words and photographs how to: a) work sock toe short row cast on, b) work short rows - wrap and turn etc, c) knit the channel in place - I am also here most times to answer any email queries…

I think that’s all - enjoy them (my teenage daughter adores them!)