Easy, cozy, delicate. This new ballerina-inspired Sakuro slippers pattern is an ideal project for this season. Made all knitting, they are adorned with an embroidery of a cherry blossom motif also called sakura in Japan. A quick and fun project to knit and wear! Read through my inspiration, design process and everything on the yarn I chose or directly get the pattern here.
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My Inspiration Of The Sakuro Slippers
After my Adenia crochet shawl, I wanted a quick and easy knitting project to vary the pleasures!
I often wear ballerina-slippers at home, my inspiration was all found: why not knit myself a pair ?! The Sakuro slippers are really a simple, relaxing project and with spring the beautiful days arrive here in southwest of France, the flowers are starting to bloom and my bucolic spirit is waking up, this is another beautiful inspiration for the cherry blossom embroidery finish.
The addition of the cord tied around the ankle brings a feminine touch while delicacy and, incidentally, helps the slipper to hold in place. The Sakuro slippers – ballerinas are really comfortable to wear, I love them and never tire of them!
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A Spring, Cozy and Quick Project
The Sakuro slippers are knitted from heel to toe in one go with four double pointed needles of 5 mm / US 8, but you can perfectly knit them with circular needles if you feel comfortable adapting the pattern, which some of my testers did and even knitting both slippers at the same time. Doubly fast!
The heel is reinforced and knitted in an eye-of-partridge pattern to give more style to the slipper, we mix the useful with the pleasant! The whole foot is in stockinette stitches and the toe is in a star shape. I especially like the rounded / star shape at the toe on slippers compared to socks.
These slippers – ballerinas are of an intermediate level, you must know the basics of knitting. Further down in this article you will find the techniques used knowing that I also give explanations of the stitches in the pattern.
Some of my testers are new to knitting and did very well with the pattern. They agree that they find this project: fun, fast, comfortable, graceful, elegant, cocoon, original and that it is a great gift idea!
If you’ve ever knitted socks, you can embark on this slipper project with your eyes closed!
Zoom On The Embroidery
Sakuro slippers are adorned with a pretty cherry blossom pattern embroidery also called sakura in Japan. I decided to draw this pattern by hand myself to have a personalized creation to the end. To be able to embroider it correctly on the slippers I decided to use a small piece of water-soluble fabric. Indeed this fabric (this beautiful invention!) dissolves easily under water to leave only the embroidery. In the pattern I give you the complete tutorial to make them.
The pattern contains a page dedicated to embroidery, separate from the rest of the pattern and therefore easily printable to be able to transfer the patterns with ease. There is a motif for the left slipper, a motif for the right slipper and a third colored motif with color code details and enlarged photos.
A Practical & Delicate Cord
At first I did not think of adding a cord to tie around the ankle but I quickly understood that it would be useful to help the wearing of the wool slipper but also very pleasant & pretty to wear by really creating a final touch to this ballerinas-style. I could have used an i-cord knitter but I went to the end of the project by hand knitting a three-stitch i-cord for which I give all the written explanations on the pattern and in BONUS a video tutorial below:
To make the Sakuro knitting slippers I used one ball of Phil Looping from Phildar, it is a soft and aran weight yarn to work with which contains wool to keep feet warm. A good quality-price ratio for this very comfortable wool to wear. Have you seen their other colors? I also really like Flannelle, and you?
It is designed, at the base, for 6 mm / US 10 needles but after having knitted several samples I opted for 5 mm / US 8 needles for a tighter stitch rendering that matches better a slipper project with, therefore, a gauge of 16 stitches on 21 rows in flat stockinette st.
Plus? One ball = two pairs of slippers!
Yarn Substitution ideas:
Picking Your Size
1) Measure the length of your feet, if it is between 22 and 23 cm (8.7 ”and 9″) take size S, between 24 and 25 cm (9.4 “and 9.8”) choose size M and between 26 and 27 cm (10.2 “and 10.6”) knit size L.
2) The slippers have a negative ease of 1 cm / 0.4″ so they are stretchy when you wear them, they stretch a bit like socks.
3) I knitted size M and my feet are exactly 25 cm / 9.8″ long for reference.
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S [M, L] Your foot length: 23 cm [25 cm, 27 cm] | 9’’ [9.8”, 10.6]
22 cm [24 cm, 26 cm] | 8.7” [9.4”, 10.2]
Level & Techniques
This is an advanced beginner knitting pattern and the techniques involved are Knit flat, knit in round, knit, purl, decrease, SSK, sl st, pick up sts, simple increase, i-cord.
Yarn & Threads
– Phil Looping yarn from Phildar (Aran / 163 m | 178 yds = 100 g) | Color: Lin
↠ 59 [ 72, 82 ] meters | 64 [ 78, 90 ] yds = 1 [ 1 , 1 ] ball.
– Embroidery: 1 x DMC type threads size 25 special embroidery (the colors codes are included in the pattern)
↠ Embroidery: 2 rectangles 6 x 8 cm | 2.4” x 3.1”water soluble fabric
Gauge (10 cm | 4”)
Stockinette flat: 16 stitches x 21 rows