It seems that lately everyone loves crochet baby sandals! Okay – maybe, it’s just me… I love these adorable little shoes! But I have had a few orders and once I make one pair, I usually end up making 3 or 4 more of the same style to test out different colours and textures of yarn just to see which I prefer.
I was absolutely thrilled when I got an order for the sandals posted above (thank you Facebook, for making designs go viral through mommy groups!!). I searched for a pattern that resembled the style the customer had sent me – which actually proved to be a little more difficult than I had thought. Finally, I found sandals from PatternsDG on Etsy that would be perfect.
The pattern called for a light sports weight yarn and after checking my local Michaels, I could not find yarn that weight in the shade I needed. I ended up using Loops and Threads Impeccable yarn – which is worsted, so I dropped to a lower hook size to obtain the gauge required. I have since made the sandals in a cotton sport-weight blend, but I actually like the look of the worsted better. The soles were thicker to give the illusion of more support and the sides actually “stood up” on their own. I found although the cotton blend was a dream to work with, it resulted in a “floppy” sandal.
The newborn headband was super simple to make, using the chart featured HERE for the correct length, I simply completed a foundation chain single crochet (Gleeful Things has a great tutorial if you are unfamiliar with this stitch technique) with a 4.0mm hook and used a slip stitch to join the band into a circle and sewed my favourite flower on the front. Easy Peasy.
Have you attempted baby sandals? What is your favourite pattern and/or yarn to use.