Monday, May 21, 2012

FREE PATTERN: Comfy Toddler Sandals

This pattern was requested by Toni, one of my new followers! She was saying that she can never find any sandal patterns for her 18-month old son, Axton, and after looking online, I realized how true it was! So I created this pattern in honor of her - Comfy Toddler Sandals! The double sole makes it super sturdy and comfy, and the strap ensures that the shoe stays on, and the puffy fabric paint at the bottom keeps them from slipping, no matter how active they may be :)

This project would be a good one for crocheters just starting to make baby booties - no fancy soles or decreasing for the toes - just basic stitches! I have included a bit of a photo tutorial to make it easier, as well.

I made these in boy colors, but with some cute girly colors, these would work great for girl's shoes too! 

These shoes were designed with fat little feet in mind - but if you wanted to make them skinnier, you can make the strap shorter so it fits around skinnier feet better. 

This pattern fits toddlers around 18 months old - about a size 6 shoe size.

Here's the pattern:

Materials
100 yards worsted weight yarn (I used Vanna's Choice in Taupe) - color A
50 yards worsted weight yarn (I used Vanna's Choice in Barley) - color B
G (4.00mm) crochet hook or size 7 (4.5mm) crochet hook (depending on how loose/tight you crochet)
Tapestry needle
Scissors
2 buttons
Thread/needle to sew on buttons
Puffy fabric paint (optional but recommended)

Stitch Abbreviations
Ch - chain
Sc - chain
Dc - double crochet
Sl st - slip stitch
dc2tog - double crochet 2 together
sc2tog - single crochet 2 together
CA - color A
CB - color B

Stitch Explanations
dc2tog - (yarn over, insert hook into next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops) 2 times, yarn over and pull through all 3 loops.
sc2tog - (insert hook into next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop) 2 times, yarn over and pull through all 3 loops

Notes
1. Always slip stitch loosely. When slip stitching the two soles together, you will be working in the slip stitches in the next step, and if they are too tight, it will be difficult. When slip stitching around the shoe at the very end, if you do it too tight, the shoe will cinch up and be curved inwards.
2. The numbers in the brackets are the stitch counts.

Soles
With Color B.
1: Ch 8, dc in 3rd chain from hook, dc in next, 2 dc in next, dc in next 3. [7]
2: Ch 2, turn. Dc in next, 2 dc in next, dc in next 3, 2 dc in next, dc in last. [9]
3- 10: Ch 2, turn. Dc across.
11: Ch 2, turn. Dc in next, dc2tog, dc in next 3, dc2tog, dc in last. [7]











Sc evenly around the perimeter of the rectangle until you have 55 sc's.



















Repeat that with Color A so that you have 2 soles of the same size.











Stack Color A on top of Color B.











Join Color B in the top left corner of the 2 soles and slip stitch in each stitch around, going through both soles.






















Fasten off, weave in ends. (To to this without showing where I fastened off, I use the tapestry needle to pull the tail from the bottom to the top, then pull it through the loop and weave it in.)








This is where it becomes different according to which sandal (left or right) you are making.

Left
Join Color A 1 stitch down from the top left corner (wider side is the top).
(Or just look at the picture :D)


1. Sc in next 41 slip stitches.



















2. Ch 1, turn. Sc in each stitch across. [41]
(at this point you can take the tail from where you joined Color A and pull it tight, so you don't end up with an extra stitch)
3. Ch 1, turn. Sc2tog, sc in next 36, sc2tog. [38]
4. Ch 1, turn. Sc in each stitch across. [38]
5. Ch 1, turn. Sc in each stitch across. [38]
6-16. Ch 1, turn. Sc in next 5. [5]













17. Ch 1, turn. Sc in next, sc2tog, sc in next 2. [4]
18. Ch 1, turn. Sc in next, ch 2, skip 2, sc in last. [4]
19. Ch 1, turn. Sc in next, 2 sc into ch-2 space, sc in last. [4]
Fasten off, weave in ends.












Join Color B at the base of the strap and slip stitch up the side of the strap, over the top, and back down the other side of the strap. Continue slip stitching in each sc around, and down the side of the "heel".













Fasten off, weave in ends. Sew button on.


Right

Join Color A 3 stitches down from the top right corner (wider part of the sole is at top)

(The picture explains it better than I can:D)




1. Sc in next 41. 
2. Ch 1, turn. Sc in each stitch across. [41]
(at this point you can take the tail from where you joined Color A and pull it tight, so you don't end up with an extra stitch)
3. Ch 1, turn. Sc2tog, sc in next 36, sc2tog. [38]
4. Ch 1, turn. Sc in each stitch across. [38]
5. Ch 1, turn. Sc in each stitch across. [38]











6-16. Ch 1, turn. Sc in next 5. [5]
17. Ch 1, turn. Sc in next, sc2tog, sc in next 2. [4]
18. Ch 1, turn. Sc in next, ch 2, skip 2, sc in last. [4]
19. Ch 1, turn. Sc in next, 2 sc into ch-2 space, sc in last. [4]
Fasten off, weave in ends. 





Join Color B at the base of the "heel" and slip stitch up the side. Slip stitch around the heel, up and around the strap, and down to the base. Fasten off, weave in ends. Sew button on.







The puffy fabric paint will help keep the soles less slippery - just follow the instructions on the paint.

 And there you have 'em! Hope that was what you had in mind, Toni!

Please feel free to make and donate as many of these sandals as you like (and if you do I would LOVE to see pictures :D). Just please credit my blog if you sell the finished product online.

Let me know if you would be interested in these in a smaller size . . . might be something I can work on in the future if there is an interest :)

Do you have a pattern you would like to see here on this blog? I LOVE suggestions/requests - they inspire me! Go to this post for more details. As you can see, it never hurts to ask :)

Thanks for reading through such a long post, and enjoy the pattern! And a big thank you to Toni and Axton, for inspiring me to create these!

17 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing this pattern, it is on list of next thing to do can't wait to try them!

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    1. You're so welcome, glad to share it :) I would love to see a picture if you make them!

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  2. I'm 39 weeks pregnant and was looking all over for something like this. Thanks so much!!

    Madebyniki.blogspot.com

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    1. Niki, you're very welcome! Glad you like them! Love your blog :)

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  3. They couldn't be more perfect! You are fabulous! I can't wait to start on them tomorrow! I'll send you pictures when they are finished.. Hopefully Axton will be in his "Mommy! Take my picture!" mood!

    Thank you again.. a million times over! I love how they turned out. I know Axton will enjoy them too :)

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  4. Toni, you are welcome! I had a blast designing them. Can't wait to see pictures :)

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  5. These are WONDERFUL!! Just finished one sole, and can't wait to see how they turn out! And yes, please...a smaller size would be awesome :)

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    1. Stace, so glad you like them! I am thrilled that you are making them and would LOVE to see pictures when you are done!!! Okay, I might have to get working on a smaller size as well! Thanks for the comment :)

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  6. How would you make them a little larger? I have a 2 yr old that would love these!

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    1. Well, the easy way would be to go up a hook size - H maybe? Also it depends if it is a boy or a girl - girls tend to have smaller feet, so a 4.5mm hook might do the trick if that's the case. Hope that helps!

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  7. Thanks! I'll try using a larger hook. And yes, they are for my daughter. She's a size 6 now but I'm expecting to go up a shoe size soon so I only need them a smidge bigger. Thanks for the suggestion!

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  8. {are very cute.... perfect for [my] son...glad I found this}

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  9. http://img2.blogblog.com/img/b36-rounded.png

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  10. Thank you sooo much for this pattern I've been looking for something like this for my 2 boys!!!

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  11. http://instagram.com/p/SGqcfvu2o2/

    my results. the mommy of the baby boy loved them

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    1. Those are so cute, thanks for sharing the picture! So glad the recipient loved them :) Thanks for the comment!

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  12. what is the length measurement be for the 18 month size? i am making this for a friends 18 month granddaughter and i have no idea...thanks

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