Spending time with family in the Midwest can, at times, be pretty boring. I decided to make my first very own knitting pattern--I came up with these simple ballet slippers. They're super easy (trust me, I can't knit past a scarf) and quick (no patience, either), and they're perfect for fetching compliments.
This project assumes you have a general knowledge of how to knit. You must be able to cast on, knit (and purl if you'd like, but not necessary), decrease stitches, and sew a seam. No casting off required!
If my tutorial confuses you with the overload of words and under-load of accompanying images, just shoot me a message and I'll try to clearly answer any of your questions. Just remember to try not to make it too hard for yourself, this is supposed to be a super easy project!
Start by casting on some stitches. These stitches are going to provide the width of the slippers themselves as well as the depth of the sides of the slippers, as these first stitches will eventually be sewn together as the seam that goes up your heel. You'll probably want to cast on somewhere between 12 and 20 stitches. A good approximation is to cast on a few and hold the stitches up to your heel. You want the number of stitches to make a length twice as long as the measurement from the bottom of your heel up to where you want the top of the back of the slipper to be. Figuring out exactly how many stitches to cast on isn't terribly important... it's not rocket science. You can always make another pair with whatever adjustments you need!
Now that you have your stitches cast on comes the time-consuming part: the knitting. You're going to want to knit a big long rectangle--nothing fancy. The rectangle should be about 3/4 of an inch less than as long as your foot. Be careful not to make it too long, though, or your slipper won't fit. It's better to make it a little bit smaller than it should be, as your work will stretch out as you wear it, especially since these will be worn on your feet.
Now you're going to work on creating the toe portion. You want to start decreasing by two stitches or so until you have about 6 or 8 stitches left. When you're done, cut your slipper from the skein, WITHOUT casting off, leaving about 6 or 8 inches of yarn trailing. Tie a knot on your last stitch so it won't come undone...
OOPS! I somehow published this tutorial before I was even done with it. I can't finish writing out my steps because I forgot how I made my slippers (last pair I made were done over 18 months ago). Good news is that I'm currently working on a pair, so once I figure out what I did to make them, I'll finish posting my steps. Sorry! For some reason I can't delete my how-to, because it errors every time I try! :(