Holidays are around the corner, knit little baby ballet slippers for the precious little ones. The pattern is simple and small that you can knit a pair in one afternoon.
Knitting loom: All-n-One loom, 20 pegs used. Pattern can be done on All-n-One loom, Adjustable Hat Loom, 32 Peg Loom.
Yarn: 40-50 yards of worsted weight wool. Sample was knit with Knit Picks Swish Worsted, shown in Cornmeal.
Notions: knitting tool, tapestry needle, crochet hook size I.
Size: 3-6 months
Gauge: 9sts x 10 rows= 2 inches in garter stitch
M1=make 1. A type of increase. Move the loops on the pegs to create an empty peg where you need the increase. Reach for the ladder going from one peg to the other, twist it and place this loop on the emptied peg.
k2tog=knit two stitches together. Move the stitch from the first peg over to the second peg. Treat both loops as one and knit them together.
SSK=knit two stitches together. Move the stitch from the last peg over to the peg before last. Treat both loops as one and knit them together.
The pattern is worked as a flat panel then assembled into a little shoe shape.
When the pattern calls to cast on stitches at the beginning of the row, use the ewrap method to cast on the additional stitches.
Decreasing rows: simply move the loop from the outer peg to the peg next to it, example: from peg 1 to peg 2, from very last peg to the peg before last. Work both loops as one when working the stitch.
Entire pattern is worked in garter stitch (knit one row, purl one row).
The little bow string was crochet. You can substitute with a piece of ribbon.
When seaming, use the mattress stitch to seam the little slipper.
Cast on 12 sts, prepare to work a flat panel.
Row 1: k1, m1, k to last st, m1, k1. (14 sts).
Row 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14: p to the end.
Row 3: As row 1 (16 sts).
Row 5: As row 1 (18 sts).
Row 7: As row 1 (20 sts).
Row 9: k2tog, k to the last 2 sts, ssk (18 sts).
Row 11: as Row 9. (16 sts).
Row 13: as Row 9 (14 sts).
Row 15: as Row 9 (12 sts).
Row 16: Using the ewrap, cast on 5 stitches, p to the end of row. (17 sts).
Row 17: k1, m1, k to the end (18 sts).
Row 18: p to the end.
Row 19: k1, m1, k to the end (19 sts).
Row 20: p to the end.
Row 21: k1, m1, k to the end (20 sts).
Row 22: p to the end.
Row 23: k1, m1, k to the end (21 sts).
Rows 25-37: cont in garter stitch.
Row 38: Cast on 12sts, p21.
Row 39: k2tog, k to the end of row (32 sts).
Row 40: p to the end of row.
Row 41: k2tog, k to the end of row (31 sts).
Row 41: p to the end of row.
Row 42: k2tog, k to the end of row (30 sts).
Row 43: p to the end of row.
Row 44: k2tog, k to the end of row (29 sts).
Basic bind off, leaving a 20 inch long tail for seaming.
Decorative Crochet Ribbon
Using crochet hook and contrasting color yarn, chain 65. Bind off.
Using the mattress stitch, seam the side of the upper to the sole area. Mattress stitch the heel area last. Weave ends in.
Steam block gently.
Pass crocheted chain through the edge stitches on each slipper, arrange the ends of the chain so that they are to the side of each slipper. Make a little bow. Secure the little bow in place with matching thread and needle.