Free Crochet Pattern: Women’s Ballet Slippers

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Free pattern for women’s crochet ballet slippers/shoes. So quick and easy to make!

*Updated 2-4-15: This pattern was previously posted on my “mypoochiebaby” blog. It has been moved to this new blog by Poochie Baby.

Free pattern for crochet ballet slippers at
Ballet Slippers for Women. Free crochet pattern.


This is a very easy pattern and the shoes stitch up pretty quickly. I love making these in many different colors and I wear them all the time. These slippers make excellent gifts!

The two color version of this pattern can be found HERE

Watch the video tutorial to see how I make these slippers!



  • I Love This Yarn (from Hobby Lobby)
  • F Hook (I only use Clover Soft Touch hooks these days!)

* This pattern is written assuming that you are using the same color throughout. Feel free to switch colors at any point. It is just a matter of preference. Simply tie off the last color and join the new color where you wish. (My pictures show slippers made with more than one color.)

R1 – CH 2 and five SC in the first chain from the hook. Join with a SS.

R2 – CH 2 and 2 DC in each stitch around (10 stitches). Join with a SS.

R3 – CH 2 and 2 DC in each stitch around (20 stitches). Join with a SS.

R4 – CH 2 and 2 DC in the next stitch and DC in the next stitch. Continue with 2 DC in the next stitch and DC in the next until you reach the end (30 stitches). Join with a SS.

R5 thru R9 – CH 2 and DC in each stitch around. Join with a SS.

R10 – CH 2 and DC in the next 21 stitches (22 stitches, includes the first chain 2).

R11 – CH 2 and DC in each stitch across. CH 2 and turn.

R12 thru R18 – DC in each stitch across. CH 2 and turn.

* This pattern will fit a foot size of about 6 or 7. You can make the slippers larger by simply adding rows at this point. I believe each row will equal about a half size. So, for a size 8, add two rows.

R19 – DC in each stitch across. 

R20 – CH 1 and working along the top edge of the slipper, SC all the way around the top edge. This gives the slipper a finished look. Tie off leaving a very long end (it will be used for sewing the piece together).


Using a tapestry needle, sew the back heel of shoe together with the long end of yarn. Just weave the yarn through and tie off at the bottom of the heel. Weave in the extra yarn on the bottom of the shoe with the tapestry needle.

Crochet Slippers
Crochet Slippers in Fall Colors


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65 thoughts on “Free Crochet Pattern: Women’s Ballet Slippers

  1. Thank you for posting this pattern. My friend’s mother made a pair of these slippers for me over 25 years ago. I still wear them. About 3 years ago I decided to crochet a pair for my children. I asked my friend’s mother for the pattern and she wasn’t able to remember it. So I decided to decipher the pattern by my self. For the most part I did, except for the number of rounds needed for size. Plus trying to look at a 25+ year old pair of crochet slippers is not always very telling. 🙂 There were some issues. 😀 So thank you vey much for sharing this pattern. I can’t wait to start!

    1. Your welcome!…. I have made myself several pairs and I wear them every day. I love the fact that I can make them match all of my PJs and lounging clothes.

    1. Hi.. I changed colors for R6, R7 and R8. Then changed color again at R9 and used that color to complete the slipper.

    1. Hi… the heel is sewn together. When you finish crocheting and tie off, leave a very long end. Fold the slippers together and using that long end and a tapestry needle, sew the two sides together.

    1. Hi… The pattern uses an F hook.

      And, I used “I Love This Yarn” from Hobby Lobby to make the slippers. It is a 4-Worsted weight yarn.

      1. I have this pattern from a friend & she uses 2 strands , either a color & , a black , or 2 of same color . I’m going to do 2 shades of purple & its 4 ply yarn , & i love I LOVE THIS YARN aslo, i use a lot of it as i crochet for our church ministry

    1. I had to go back to catch that! I guess I’ve been crocheting for too long…I just assumed it! LOL

  2. To anonymous…. technically you do CH 2 and turn. But, most of the pattern lists the CH 2 at the beginning of the next row.

  3. To glitterqueen – I used “I Love This Yarn” from Hobby Lobby to make the slippers.

  4. I too got stuck on row 10 & had to pull up your site. Thanks to other comments and your answer my slippers i’m working on are coming out just fine. Thanks.

  5. I LOVE the Send to Kindle option, it is the first time I have seen this. Thanks for the great pattern can’t wait to get started. Was looking for a good kids pattern for my 3, 6, 8, and 10 year old munchkins but came across this one so I might just have to make some for me too! Please let me know if you can suggest a good kids pattern. I tried to wing it but they ended up huge, lol. I am beginner 😉 Thanks from Muscat, Oman.

  6. For those of you who do not wish to shop at Hobby Lobby, you can use Red Heart With Love yarn or Bernat Super Value. Those are both about the same weight and softness level of the Hobby Lobby brand.

  7. Hi Michelle, Thank you for the wonderful pattern. I have made these super quick slippers many times and have made the following modifications:
    *R21 – 22 stitches worked: (check stitches) DC in first 8, DC2tog 3 times, 8 DC. (this will form a rounded edge on the bottom of the heel. Do not cut yarn. Sew up heel, with scrap piece of yarn, leave 4” tail for weaving in.
    R22 –Using main color (still on skein) CH 2, make a 5 DC shell at heel for ‘gripper’. SS into body of slipper. In contrasting yarn, SC all the way around the top edge
    They are super cute and the little shell at the back gives a little ‘tab’ to pull them up with. I love your color choices, too!

  8. Thank you for sharing this great pattern ! Could you tell me please if I use an E hook & less rows would they fit a child age 41/2 to 5 or would I need to decrease the number of stitches around too. Thank you . 🙂

  9. About the size question for a child…. If you have a little time on your hands, I would make a test slipper with a D or E hook, using the same pattern instructions….. See if that will make a small enough size. I personally have not tested the smaller sizes but I may do so in the future!

  10. Thanks for easy pattern, I’m not as experienced as these ladies, but I’m going to give these a try-wish me luck!

  11. this is a great pattern made a pair in a hour very easy & love that only have to sew the heel I also made a chain of 80 to weave in so they can be tied & stay on much better thanks for sharing this you are so kind

  12. Super easy pattern. Love it. I had nearly given up on making slippers until I ran across this pattern. I did not have a tapestry needle so I joined the ends using a slip stitch and that worked quite well. Can’t wait to make more of these!

  13. I’m having trouble getting started on these…I keep ending up with extra stitches.. I chain 2 as directed so that gives me extra after every round. Not sure what I am doing wrong. I end up with a gap after each round and have to add stitches.
    I have made over 30 afghans and hundreds of hats. Just can’t connect on this pattern. Can you help?

  14. I am wanting to make a pair for my mother but I’m very new at crocheting and she wears a size 2 in kids… I have no clue how to alter it for the size.

  15. Best pattern for quick and easy slippers. I would like to make some using bulky weight yarn. What modification should I make, starting with the hook size?

  16. I want to make some for my husband who is a size 12. Do i just do more increase rows? Because i think the increase rows made in the pattern are too little for his toes to fit in but I’m not sure. Or should i just do the pattern as is with a hook one size bigger? They are gifts so i can’t really measure his foot lol or else he would know.

  17. I am so screwed up from row 10 on. R10 ch 2 and doc in next 21 sts (22 counting ch 2. Do I then ch 2 and turn ? I am just ending up with a nice toe and then a long 22 St flap? Sorry do you perhaps have a diagram?

      1. Hi, I’m all done crochetting the slipper and now have to sew it together, except…I don’t know what part I’m sewing. I’ve only ever crochetted a square! I know you said you were going to post a tutorial. I’ll keep checking back to your site! I’m hoping my slippers turn put well enough to be a gift to my my Mom. Thanks for the pattern! So far it was quite easy!

  18. Hi. I was wondering, when joining on the rounds, do I join in the ch2, or in the first DC? Also, how many rows should I take out to make a size 5 slipper? TIA

  19. Thank for this free pattern. I have just made them size seven now will you please tell me how many rows I would need to add to make a size eleven. Again thank!

    1. I haven’t tested a size 11 but I would add about one row for each ‘half’ size. But remember that there is alot of stretch with these slippers. So, you could add just another 4 rows and test out how they fit.

  20. Thank you so much !

    My grandmother used to make me these slippers. I’m only new to crochet and have been playing around with patterns, they either didn’t work out or were too complicated. This pattern was fantastic, stitched up quickly, easy to do but look great !! I’m even confident enough with your pattern that I’m going to attempt to adjust it for my kids 🙂

    Thanks again !

  21. This pattern is fantastic, and I’m so appreciate that you’ve shared it! Plus the video is super helpful. Just a quick question: at the end of each row, do you ss into the top of the ch 2, or into the top of the first sc/dc?

    Also, just for clarification because I’m pretty new to crochet, you said that the ch 2 counts as a stitch, but in your stitch counts, it’s not included. For example, in row 2, you dc 10 times and the stitch count is 10, not 11, which it seems like it would be if the ch 2 counted as a stitch. I’m probably just confusing myself LOL, but I’d sure appreciate it if you could reply 🙂 Thank you again for the pattern and your great instruction video!

  22. Love these slippers.. but not sure where u ss.. on top of ch2 or first dc? thanks

  23. Hi! These slippers are great but I was wondering what you use to keep them from slipping around on the floor. I realize on carpeted floors it’s generally not an issue but on ceramic or tiled floors, it poses a big problem, particularly for older folks.

    Any suggestions? I’ve heard of puff paint and silicone used for bathrooms but wasn’t sure which would be better or if there was a product that knitters/crocheters use for this issue.

    Thanks for your help,

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