Beaded Ballet Slippers by Erika Knight
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Beaded Ballet Slippers

August 2004
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
28 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in double crochet with beads
3.0 mm
957 yards (875 m)

From the magazine: British designer Erika Knight has a gift for using the simplest of knit and crochet stitches to design sophisticated, modern garments and home accessories. Simple slippers, knitted or crocheted, have become a signature project for her. Here, she’s worked double crochet in a smooth mercerized cotton and added delicate glass beads to make an irresistible pair of ballet slippers. Flexible soles, cut from a piece of suede, are stitched to the bottom of the slippers for a bit of stability. Use wide ribbons to tie around the ankles as shown here, or use a thinner ribbon for the look of a espadrille.

Sizing information:

9.75 10.73in (25 27.5cm) long from heel to toe (adult fit)


  • about 200g #18 marble pink
  • 500 2.5mm large-hole glass beads (holes should be large enough to thread on yarn)
  • scrap pieces of suede for soles
  • 2yd (2m) 5/8in (11mm) wide double-sided satin ribbon
  • tapestry needle
  • sewing needle
  • thread to attach suede