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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

BABY SHOES EXTRAVAGANZA


BABY SHOES EXTRAVAGANZA


Baby shoes are probably one of the cutest little things one can make.. and now with the world open with the internet, we’re getting so many super patterns .. all at the click of a button .. or mouse?? J
So here’s a recent selection of baby footwear that I made for a friend.  I started with the really cute tried and tested bootie, and then got more and more creative and fun.. hope you enjoy it as much as I did .. trawling the net, getting patterns, and then trying to adapt them for my use J

These are not my original patterns.  
I’ve just Indianised  them .. i.e as the original yarns used in most patterns are unavailable locally, I’ve made with our local available yarns. ; adding my notes – and information for gauge/size etc.

This blog has five little shoes.. More little shoes coming up.. do watch out for my next blog.. soon J


The simple age-old tried ‘n tested bootie


Materials used  : Vardhaman millennium, acrylic ; 4 mm crochet hook

Size :  for 6 month old : L :  4”/10 cm, around ankle 5.5”/14 cm
Gauge : 4 sc rows x 5 sc across = 1”
Skill level : Intermediate, advanced beginner

Stitches used :
Sc-blo : Single crochet back loop only : This is a single crochet, but instead of going through both loops as we usually do with an sc, you go only through the back loop(s) of your stitch

2-tr : 2 treble/triple stitch in same stitch or ch-sp.
(yo twice, [insert hk in st , yo , draw through 2 lps] twice) {2 lps on hk} ; insert hk into same st , rep from (to) once {3 lps on hk} ; yo, draw through all lps.  1 2-tr st complete.

3-tr : 3 treble/triple stitch in same stitch or ch-sp
(yo twice, [insert hk in st , yo , draw through 2 lps] twice) {2 lps on hk} ; insert hk into same st , rep from (to) twice {4 lps on hk} ; yo, draw through all lps.  1 3-tr st complete.

fsc : Foundation Single Crochet : To refresh your skill on the fsc, please view the superb video by +Tamara Kelly at this link below http://www.mooglyblog.com/foundation-single-crochet-fsc/

 Abbreviations used :
Sc : Single crochet                                             sc-blo : Single crochet back loop only
Tr : treble / triple crochet stitch                 yo : Yarn over
Hk : Hook                                                             st(s) : Stitch(es)
Lp (s) : Loop(s)                                                   ch : Chain
Sl-st : slip stitch                                                   fsc : Foundation Single Crochet

Instructions : (Using U.S terminology)
We will work in rounds from the start, using only one half of the sc and then going around the last ch, and working into the same ch from the other side, thus doubling our sts and making the start chain a round.

Part I :
Start with ch 4.
Round 1 : sc in the 2nd ch from hk ; 
sc in the next ch ; 6 sc in the last ch ;
(then turning your work 180°, we will work on the same 3 ch from the other side ..)
Sc in the next 2 ch, 4 sc in the last ch.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc. (14 sc)

Round 2 : sc in the 1st sc and the next 3 sc ; 
2 sc each in the next 3 sc ; sc in the next 4 sc ; 
2 sc each in the next 3 sc. Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc. (20 sc)

Round 3 - 14 : sc in each sc till end. Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc. (20 sc)

Row 15 : Heel round : sc in the 1st 2 sc.  Turn
sc in the same 1st sc, and in the next 14 sc.  
Turn (We will now work back on these 15 sc)

Row 16 : sk 1st 3 sc , dc in next sc ; 2 tr in the next 2 sc ; 3 tr in the next 3 sc ;
2 tr in the next 2 sc ; dc in the next sc ; 
sk 2 sc and sl-st into the next sc.  Turn

Round 17 : Ankle round : sc in each sc ; 
2 sc in each 2-tr st and 3 sc in each 3-tr st till end. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc. (27 sc)

Fasten off.  Leave a 12-15” tail for joining.

Part II :
In this part we will make a small ribbed cylinder that will go around the lower part of your child’s foot.  This we will then join onto the Part I made to complete our cute lil’ bootie

Start with fsc 12.

Row  1 : sc-blo in each fsc till end.  Turn.  (12 sc)

Row  2 : sc-blo in each sc till end.  Turn.  (12 sc)

Rows  3 - 14 : Rep Row 2 .  Turn.  (12 sc)

Check that the ‘width / breadth’ of this little rectangle = approx 5”, which when stretched will go around the 5.5” needed for your child’s foot

Fasten off.  Make a ‘tube’ / cylinder of the rectangle just made by joining first and last rows.

Finishing :
Using the tail kept at the ankle part, join in the cylindrical tube just made to the first Part of your project.  Fasten off.  Weave in ends. 



2 : Tiny bowed shoes



Materials used : Vardhaman millennium, acrylic ; 4 mm crochet hook

Size :   L of sole :  4.5” across (at widest part) : 2.75”
Gauge : Sole of shoe from toe to heel = 4.5”

Skill level : Intermediate, advanced beginner

Stitches used :
fsc : Foundation Single Crochet : To refresh your skill on the fsc, please view the superb vide by Tamara Kelly at this link below http://www.mooglyblog.com/foundation-single-crochet-fsc/

Sc2tog : Insert hk into st, yo, draw up a lp, hk into next st, yo, draw up a lp (2 lps on hk), yo, draw through all 3 lps. One sc2tog made.  

Hdc : Half double crochet : yo, insert hk into st l yo (3 lps on hk) ; yo, draw through all 3 lps.  One hdc made.

dc 3-tog : Double crochet 3-tog : [yo, insert hk in st or ch-sp, yo and pull up a lp ; yo and draw through 2 lps] 3 times (4 lps on hk) ; yo, draw through all lps on hk.  One dc 3-tog made.

dc 2-tog : Double crochet 3-tog : [yo, insert hk in st or ch-sp, yo and pull up a lp ; yo and draw through 2 lps] 2 times (3 lps on hk) ; yo, draw through all lps on hk.  One dc 2-tog made.

Abbreviations used :
fsc : Foundation single crochet                                     sc : Single crochet
hdc : Half double crochet                                              dc : Double crochet
sk : Skip                                                                                   sl-st : Slip stitch
hk : Hook                                                                                lp(s) : Loop(s)
st(s) : Stitch(es)                                                                    ch : Chain
MC : Main Colour                                                             CC : Contrast Colour

Instructions : (Using U.S terminology)
We will make our little shoe in three parts – a sole , then the top of the shoe and finally the embellishment with the little bow.  I used two colours – one each for sole (CC) and top (MC), and for the bow I’ve used the CC again .. but this is only a suggestion.  J

Part I : Sole of shoe : Make two

Row 1 : Start with CC and with 9 fsc.  Turn

In the next row, we will start at one end, and when we reach the other end, we will turn our work 180° and work around to the other side of our fsc, so doubling number of start sts.  We will then continue working in rounds from now on.

Round  2 :  2 hdc in the 1st fsc ; hdc in the next 7 fsc ; 
6 hdc in the last fsc ; 
(and turning your work 180° and working around the other side of our fsc) ; 
hdc in next 7 fsc (till the 2nd last fsc) ; 
2 hdc in the last fsc.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc.  (24 hdc)

Round  3 :  2 sc in the next 2 sts ; sc in each of the next 4 sts ; 
hdc in the next 3 sts ; 2 dc in the next 6 sts ; 
hdc in the next 3 sts, sc in the next 4 sts and 2 sc each into the last 2 sts.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.  (34 sts)

Round  4 :  sc in the 1st 2 sts ; 2 hdc in the next 3 sts ; hdc in the next 5 sts ; dc in the next 2 sts ; (2 dc in the next st, dc in the next st) ; rep from (to) 5 times ; dc in the next 2 sts ; hdc in the next 5 sts ; 2 hdc in the last 3 sts.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.  (46 sts)

Fasten off.  Weave in ends. 

Place the soles flat.  You can see a clear toe and heel end (the heel end is the smaller rounded end, and the toe is the larger rounded end).  We will start by joining our MC yarn on the heel end

Part II : Top of shoe :

Round 1 :  Attach MC in the centre st of the heel end (where you’ve just fastened off).  sc in the 1st st (where joined) ; sc in each st all around.  Join with sl-st to the 1st st.  Turn . (46 sc)

Round 2 :  hdc in the 1st sc, hdc in each sc till end.  Join with sl-st to the 1st st.  Turn . (46 hdc)

Round 3 :  sc in the 1st st ; sc 2-tog over next 2 sts ; sc in the next 7 sts ; hdc in the next 2 sts ; (dc 2-tog over the next 2 sts) ; rep from (to) 4 times ; dc 3-tog over the next 3 sts ; rep from (to) 5 times ; hdc in the next 2 sts ; sc in the next 7 sts ; sc 2-tog over the next 2 st and sc in the last st.  Join with sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 4 :  sc in the 1st st ; sc 2-tog over the next 2 sts ; sc in the next 5 sts ; hdc in the next 3 sts ; (dc 2-tog over the next 2 sts) ; rep (to) once ; dc 3-tog over the next 3 sts ; rep (to) twice ; hdc in the next 3 sts ; sc in the next 5 sts ; sc 2-tog over the next 2 sts ; sc in the last sc.  Join with sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 5 :  sc in the 1st st ; sc in each st till end.  Join with sl-st to the 1st st. (25 sts) Fasten off MC.

Round 6Using CC : Rep Round 5. 

Round 7Using CC : Rep Round 6.  Fasten off CC.  Weave in ends.


Part III : The tiny bow :

Row 1 : Start with ch 5.  Sc in the 2nd ch from hk and each ch till end.  Turn . (4 sc)

Row 2 : sc 2-tog over the 1st 2 sts, sc in the next 2 sts.  Turn . (3 sc)

Row 3 : sc 2-tog over the 1st 2 sts, sc in the next st.  Turn . (2 sc)

Row 4 : sc 2-tog over the 2 sts.  Turn . (1 sc)

Row 5 : 2 sc in sc.  Turn . (2 sc)

Row 6 : 2 sc in 1st sc; sc in next sc.  Turn . (3 sc)

Row 7 : 2 sc in 1st sc; sc in next 2 sc.  Turn . (4 sc).  Fasten off.  Weave in ends.  One bow made.

Trick to keep this tiny bow neat : It’s so tiny and yet has two ends to weave in.. so let’s hide that by first weaving your ends to the centre, and then ‘hiding’ them by wrapping the MC a few times around this centre bit.  Then ‘thread’ the MC into the shoe (where ever you decide to attach your bow .. front .. back of shoe..) and so all ends are neatly hidden

Now who doesn’t like the age old, tried and tested cute little bootie.. so here’s what I made for a six month old – delicious in pink J

This bootie is made in two parts – one for the foot (sole) and then we have the section that goes round the baby’s ankle. This bootie is started at the toe and then worked in rounds till you reach the base (heel) of foot.  Then just around ankle, we fasten off and make a cylinder-like section that we will attach on to the ankle/heel bit. 



3. Baby Boat Booties

This pattern is from the blog link below – good pictures, well explained.

Materials used : Vardhaman millennium ; 4 mm crochet hook

Size : L of sole : 4.5”





Only change made : After completion of the round that makes the little flaps , I did one more round of sc all around, as I felt that I needed more ‘height’ for my shoe (for the baby I am gifting this to).  So I’d suggest you check your baby’s foot and take a call on this J






4. Bitty Bow Sandals

This pattern is from the blog link below.  Materials used and changes (if any) noted.

http://www.whistleandivy.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Bitty-Bow-Baby-Sandal4.pdf

Materials used : Vardhaman millennium ; 4 mm crochet hook
Size : 4.5” across from toe to heel and 2.5”  (across at widest part)

Stitch detail :
Foundation Double crochet : A really lovely way to start a foundation row of chainless double crochet.  This unique way of starting makes your project even .. in a way that needs to be seen for you to agree with me.  If you are familiar with the foundation single crochet, you’ll wonder why you haven’t used this start before.  Do visit the self explanatory link to learn this fascinating new start.

Only change made : 21 fdc used for the tie band = L 5.25”.  I then affixed a press button at the end of this band – so it presses shut instead of tying up.



5. Mary Jane Shoes

 This pattern is from the blog link below – good pictures, well explained. Materials used and changes (if any) noted.


Materials used : Vardhaman millennium ; 4.5 mm crochet hook
Size : 4.5” across from toe to heel


Only changes made :
a)     For fun, used 2 colours – so used contrast colour in Rounds 3, 5, 7
b)     Instead of the slip stitch used in the last row (when joining straps), I used sc.