So Many Sandals

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.

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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.

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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.

Happy crocheting!

Adorable Crochet Crocs

 

I am a crochet addict.  And a pattern addict, if I am being honest.  When I see cute patterns, I simply must have them.  And while my intentions are good, I don’t always get around to making everything I purchase.  I have countless patterns sitting in limbo just waiting for a reason to be made.  Several of these said patterns are for baby booties.

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I have always loved little baby feet in adorable handmade booties.  Unfortunately, I learned to crochet well after my children were past the toddler stage. Although I have made them slippers in the past, it really isn’t the same as making newborn booties, and let’s be honest, not many teens and pre-teens are too keen on wearing mom’s handmade wearables.

Despite the fact that I had no one in mind when I saw theese super cute crochet crocs from Crochet Oasis, I knew I needed this pattern.

I would classify this pattern as an intermediate pattern, although it uses basic crochet stitches, you must be comfortable in making several stitches in the same stitch on various rows; for example, the white and beige edging shown in my pictures.  The band of the croc is done using a knotting technique called macreme.  While it is a very simple technique to master, people that are new to this may struggle with the knotting at first.

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The pattern itself, is written beautifully in terms that are relatively simple to follow.  There are a tonne of pictures for those who prefer visual learning.

For this project, to obtain the correct gauge for the newborn size, I used my 2.75mm and a 2.25mm Clover Amour hooks. The soles of the shoe were created using a beige Needle Crafters yarn and the tops and band were made with Bernat Softee Baby.  I chose the option of non-moveable straps for my booties, since I did not have anyone to test the size on (the pattern recommends that you size the strap according to the child’s feet if you are making a moveable band).

I enjoyed this pattern immensely and have gotten many compliments on the finished product.

Happy Crocheting!