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Loop Boots: Revisited!


September 11, 2013 Blog Update! 

PATTERN FOLLOWS PHOTOS ūüôā

You can find the VIDEO TUTORIAL for these loop boots by clicking HERE.

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A good friend of mine recently started up a blog, Jose Crochet, ¬†and she was kind enough to feature my loopy boots after crocheting several pairs of her own!¬†Aren’t these yummy!

Loopy Boots. Copyright © Jose Crochet 2012. All Rights Reserved.

I’m in love with these little booties and I’ve altered the pattern quite a bit since I blogged my original pattern. So, I thought it would be an excellent time for a pattern revisit!


Enjoy!

P.S.

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Infant Barefoot Sandals


The latest trend in crochet baby footwear for hot summer temps is barefoot sandals–and I can see why! They are super simple to make (no soles make for WAY less work) and they are always ADORABLE!

Infant Barefoot Sandals

Materials Needed:

  • Size E or F hook
  • Sport or baby weight yarn
  • Tapestry needle

Note: You can make these larger by sizing up both your hook and your yarn weight.

Terms Used:

  • ch = chain
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • sc = single crochet
  • dc = double crochet
  • sts = stitches
  • sk = skip

Ch 8. Sl st in 1st ch to form a ring. This will be the loop that goes around the toe.

Row 1: Ch 2 (counts as 1st dc now and throughout), dc twice into ring. This forms the base of the triangle.

Row 2: Ch 2 and turn, dc in each stitch across.

Row 3: Ch 2 and turn, dc in next dc, dc twice in next, dc in each of last two sts.

Row 4: Ch 2 and turn, dc in first dc, ch 2, sk next dc and sc in next dc.

Row 5: Ch 2, sk next dc,  dc in last two dc of row.

Edging: Ch 1, sc down side of triangle towards ring. 10 sc into the ring. Cont. to sc up the other side of triangle. Once you reach end of this side, ch approximately 30 and finish off (Mine measured 4 inches long when I was done), leaving a 4 inch tail.

Join yarn with a sl st into the other end of the triangle. Ch approximately 30 stitches. Finish off, leaving a 4 inch tail.

You should now have two tails. In order to make the heel, thread your tapestry needle with one tail and crisscross it to the opposite side (see photo below for reference), Attach the tail to the opposite side of the triangle. Tie with a knot and weave in. Complete for the other side.

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com: Barefoot Baby Sandals
All that’s left is the decoration, You can stick anything on top–flowers are my personal favorites but you can do pom poms, ribbon, jewels for that bling factor!!

If you create a pair, don’t forget to share your pics on our Facebook Group!

Ladies’ Ballet Slippers


Since tackling my very first baby bootie, I’ve been working on a steady upward climb leading toward the larger sizes.

However, coming up with a uniform pattern for larger sizes is REALLY tricky when you only have one size (your own) to draw from! I’m the only lady in my house…

So, what can you do when you need to come up with a pattern that’s tested and works and is simple enough to follow?¬†You look through the free offerings online, of course.¬†There are literally hundreds–if not thousands, of free pickings to search through and my philosophy when it comes to things like this is, why reinvent the wheel?

So, in order to simplify things for all of us, I went on a hunt for the simplest pattern I could find to build on–and that was provided by Bernat.

Their pattern for Spa Slippers¬†is the perfect building block to transform into ballet slippers! However, beware that there is a TON of counting involved. Sadly, counting is something that just comes with the territory when you scale things up. Make sure you carve out a block of time to work these when you won’t be distracted by the phone, the kids, the door, or anything else that will run you off the rails.

Follow the pattern exactly for the SOLE. The pattern is written to fit ladies’ shoe sizes S (5-6), M (7-8), and L (9-10).

Important Pattern Notes:  In the pattern you will see an odd abbreviation: Rem loop. It translates to Remaining loop.

Bernat Spa Slippers
MEASUREMENTS ‚Äď To fit Ladies‚Äô shoe sizes S (5-6), M (7-8) and L (9-10).

SOLE (make 2) ‚Äď
With MC, ch 26 (M28-L30).

Rnd 1: (RS). 1 dc in 4th ch from hook. 1 dc in each of next 21 (M23-L25) ch. 5 dc in
last ch. Working into rem loop on opposite side of foundation ch, 1 dc in each
of next 21 (23-25) ch. 3 dc in last ch. Join with sl st in top of ch 3. 52 (M56-
L60) dc.

Rnd 2: Ch 3. 1 dc in same sp as last sl st. 2 dc in next dc. 1 dc in each of next 21
(M23-L25) dc. 2 dc in each of next 5 dc. 1 dc in each of next 21 (23-25) dc. 2
dc in each of last 3 dc. Join with sl st in top of ch 3.

Rnd 3: Ch 3. 1 dc in same sp as last sl st. 2 dc in each of next 3 dc. 1 dc in each of
next 4 dc. 1 hdc in each of next 4 dc. 1 sc in each of next 9 (M11-L13) dc. 1
hdc in each of next 4 dc. 2 hdc in each of next 10 dc (heel). 1 hdc in each of
next 4 dc. 1 sc in each of next 9 (M11-L13) dc. 1 hdc in each of next 4 dc. 1
dc in each of next 4 dc. 2 dc in each of next 6 dc. Join with sl st in top of ch 3.
Fasten off (toe).

When you have finished, you should have a basic slipper sole like this one.

Before moving on, double check that your sole is the correct size. Even though I followed the Bernat pattern exactly, I still wound up with a size too small. I think that has everything to do with how tightly I crochet and the fact that the original pattern does not have any gauge information listed.

My suggestion is to take how you crochet into consideration before starting and size your hook up to an H or even an I if you crochet tightly like me!

Now, onward to the toe top. As of this writing, the ballet slipper pattern is yet untested for the size¬†S (5-6) and L (9-10). As I work them out and make a pair of each, I’ll update the blog to reflect what I’ve found and to correct the pattern where needed.

My head tells me that this pattern will work universally with all sizes but until I test it myself (or get feedback from anyone out there willing to test and report back), I can’t give you a¬†guarantee.

Ladies’ Ballet Sippers

Materials Needed:

  • Size G (4 mm) crochet hook–or hook needed to get correct size
  • Any color medium worsted weight yarn (I use Red Heart Super Saver.)
  • Tapestry needle
  • Two complete soles from the Bernat Spa Slipper Pattern

Stitches used:

  • sl st: slip stitch
  • sc: single crochet
  • dc: double crochet

Decrease stitches used:

  • dc2tog:¬†Yarn over, insert the hook into the first stitch, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops on the hook, repeat from * for next stitch, yarn over and draw through all remaining loops on hook.
  • sc2tog:¬†Insert the hook into the first stitch, yarn over and draw up a loop,¬†insert the hook into the next stitch, yarn over and draw up a loop,¬†yarn over and draw through all remaining loops on hook.

Ballet Slipper Toe Top

Attach your yarn with a sl st in the back heel of your sole. Ch 1.

Rnd 1:  Working in Back Loops only for this rnd, sc in each st around, sl st in top of beginning ch 1.

Rnd 2: Ch 2, 1 dc in each st around, sl st in the top of beginning ch 2.

Rnd 3: Ch 2, dc in the next 5 stitches,  **Pull your loop out and find your center line at the toe. (To find that center line, you will follow the line of your foundation chain up. Your line should fall naturally between the center two stitches that mark the exact middle of your slipper.) Once you find your center line, you will want to count 20 stitches from the center of your toe top toward the side you are working. Once you find that 20th stitch, place a stitch marker through it.** 1 dc in each st to the marker, dc2tog 20 times, 1 dc in each st around to the beginning ch 2, sl st in top of beginning ch 2.

Rnd 4: Ch 2, dc in the next 5 stitches, **Repeat exactly what you did in Rnd 3 only this time you will find 10 STITCHES from the center of your toe top toward the side you are working. Once you find that 10th stitch, place a stitch marker through it.**  1 dc in each st to the marker, dc2tog 10 times, 1 dc in each st around to the beginning ch 2, sl st in top of beginning ch 2.

Rnd 5: Ch 2, dc in the next 5 stitches, **Repeat exactly what you did in Rnds 3 and 4 only this time you will find 6 STITCHES from the center of your toe top toward the side you are working. Once you find that 6th stitch, place a stitch marker through it.** 1 dc in each st to the marker, dc2tog 6 times, 1 dc in each st around to the beginning ch 2, sl st in top of beginning ch 2.

Rnd 6: ch 1, sc in the next 5 stitches, **Repeat what you’ve already done in your last three Rnds finding the 3 STITCHES from the center of your toe top toward the side you are working. Once you find that 3rd stitch, place a stitch marker through it.** 1 sc in each st to the marker, sc2tog 3 times, 1 sc in each st around to the beginning ch 1, sl st in top of beginning ch 1.

Finish off and weave in your ends.

When you’ve completed your project, you should have an adorable ballet slipper! Add a strap to turn them into cute Mary Jane’s. The possibilities are endless!

If you make a pair and want to contribute to pattern corrections–or just show off your handy work, come visit us at HodgePodge on facebook.

Little Leaves


 

I get a lot of questions about what to do with the top of a baby bootie. I shy away from suggestions because I’m all about creativity and doing what makes you happy. But there’s a simple rule of thumb I always use when tackling a decoration–and that’s scale.

It’s important to keep in mind that when you’re dealing with tiny baby booties, you need to scale everything that goes on top WAY down so that it will be in proportion with the overall shoe.

Several small flowers clustered together or one large flower in the center is always stunning.

Small appliques and even tiny stuffed animal heads are ADORABLE! Really, your imagination is the only limit when it comes to how a plain pair of booties are decorated.

Today I’m going to give you a pattern for a simple leaf to use under small flowers for the tops of baby booties.

We’ll start with the single leaf.

 

Little Leaves (Single Leaf)

Materials Needed:

  • Size D (3.25mm) crochet hook (Or size needed to create the length of the leaf you desire–this pattern will work with any size hook.)
  • Small amount of 4 ply worsted weight green yarn
  • Tapestry needle

Note: Leaf will be worked on both sides of the foundation chain (top and bottom). DO NOT turn your work. 

Stitches Used:

  • Ch: Chain
  • Sc: Single crochet
  • Hdc: Half double crochet
  • Dc: Double crochet
  • Sl st: Slip stitch

Ch 5

Sc in first ch from hook, hdc in next ch, dc in next ch, 3 sc in last ch. ROTATE your leaf so you can work the underside of your foundation ch.

Dc in next ch, hdc in next ch, sc in next ch, sl st in the top and finish off. Weave in tails and sew to your project with a length of the same color green yarn.

Finished leaf using a D hook measures approximately 1 inch (2.5 cm). 

 

The second way to tackle leaves is to crochet them both together. Not only does making two leaves combined into one piece save time, it’s easier on your hands when it comes time to sew them on the bootie.

Little Leaves (Double Leaf)

Materials Needed:

  • Size D (3.25mm) crochet hook¬†(Or size needed to create the length of the leaf you desire–this pattern will work with any size hook.)
  • Small amount of 4 ply worsted weight green yarn
  • Tapestry needle

Note: Leaf will be worked on both sides of the foundation chain (top and bottom). DO NOT turn your work. 

Stitches Used:

  • Ch: Chain
  • Sc: Single crochet
  • Hdc: Half double crochet
  • Dc: Double crochet
  • Sl st: Slip stitch

Ch 11

Sc in first ch from hook, hdc in next ch, dc in next ch, sc in next ch, sl st in next two chs, sc in  next ch, hdc in next ch, dc in next ch, [2 sc, ch 1, 2 sc] in last ch. ROTATE your leaf so you can work the underside of your foundation ch.

Dc in next ch, hdc in next ch, sc in next ch, sl st in next two chs, sc in next ch, dc in next ch, hdc in next ch, [2 sc, ch 1, sc] in last ch, join in top on 1st sc and finish off. Weave in tails and sew to your project with a length of the same color green yarn.

Finished leaf using a D hook measures approximately 2 inches (5 cm). 

Simple Petal Rose


I don’t do a lot of flower crochet, but that’s not because I don’t love them. It’s because they can be pretty tedious and labor intensive!

However, there is no denying that a cute flower sitting on top of a project takes whatever your working on from ho-hum to WOW really fast.

Case in point, Mary Jane’s!

I’ve already covered these booties in my Basic Baby Shoes post so I won’t go into how to make them. Today it’s all about the flower.

 

Simple Petal Rose

Materials Needed:

  • Size G (4.00mm) hook
  • Any color baby weight yarn

Note: Using a thinner yarn and a smaller hook will result in a smaller finished flower. For a larger flower, use thicker yarn and a bigger hook.

Chain 26

Skip first 4 chains, sc in 5th ch from hook, (ch 2, skip 2 chains, 1 sc) across, turn.

(sc, ch 1, 3 dc, ch 1, sc) in each ch 2 space across, (sc, ch 1, 3 dc, ch 1, sc) in final ch 4 space. Finish off, leaving a long tail.

Thread the tail through a tapestry needle. Holding the short beginning tail in your hand, begin to turn the piece to form your flower. Sew the petals together using your long tail and tapestry needle.

Finished flower measures approximately 2 inches in diameter.

 

As always, if you make one we’d love to see it over in HodgePodge!