Sunday, 28 September 2014

PINEAPPLE FOOT THONG

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PINEAPPLE FOOT THONG


A really cute little piece of footwear.. that would look lovely on the beach.. or maybe just around the house J

This lovely product can be used in a multitude of ways. It not only looks wonderful on the beach, but it can also jazz up regular footwear.  Wear this first and then slip on your close toed shoe, and voila you have a new shoe!  The tie up along the leg can also make it a different footwear - allow the tie to go halfway up the calf muscle and it looks informal.. tie it down a little scrunched up around the ankle, and it looks a little more formal.

And for Indians or an Indian ceremony, throw in a few beads and lotsa colour and you are fit to dance the Garba and Bhangra barefoot but beautiful on the dance floor!

So come along.. let's make this wonderful foot thong ;)

Materials used : Red Rose knitting cotton ~ 20 gms  , with a 3.75 mm (F) crochet hook

Size made : Width : 4.5” ; Length :  5.5”
Gauge : 4 sc sts (across) x 3 sc rows (high) = ½”
Gauge does not matter.  It's given here only so you can kinda figure out sizing.

Stitches used :

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

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3,I’d like to introduce a lovely way of starting a double crochet row.  Do take a look at this self explanatory super video
In case you are unhappy with this start, or do not like it, do continue with the usual ch-2 or ch-3 start.  However, all instructions will be given assuming that you are using this chainless dc start.

How to thread beads onto your yarn : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3WKv0W8miQ

How to add beads in crochet : Check out this neat link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MbLCuyfv-M




Abbreviations used :  (Using U.S terminology)
fdc : Foundation Double Crochet                          sc : Single crochet
dc : Double crochet                                                       ch : Chain
sp : Space                                                                            sl-st : Slip stitch
dc 2-tog : Double crochet 2-together                        dc 4-tog : Double crochet 4-together
yo : Yarn Over                                                                  hk : Hook
lp(s) : Loop(s)                                                                    st(s) : Stitch(es)


Instructions : (Using U.S terminology)

We start our foot thong from around the ankle and work down to the toe hold.
Your first row should be the width you want for the top of your foot thong.

This pattern uses basic stitches and the wonderful pineapple pattern.  So if you have worked the pineapple before, come along.  However note that this pattern does not give you specific number of stitches to be worked.
The reason I have not given a fixed number of stitches is because not only can it be made any size, but it can also be made with any yarn and hook, and giving a fixed number of stitches curbs your individuality and creativity.. so let's go ahead and create !

Oh at the top of this blog, I've given you links on how to work with beads.  This thong will look splendid with beads - so if you are gonna bling this up, here's what you gotta do first
a) Look at the pineapple and mark out where you want your beads
b) Calculate how many beads you have marked out - and then add in a little more than that, just in case
c) Work the pattern adding in the beads as you go along
IF all of this seems too confusing, go the cheat way - work this pattern as given without any beads, and then sew them in after you are done.  Note though, you need to be pretty neat sewing them in.. as you would not want trailing  yarns spoiling the pineapple beauty.


Start with an odd number of fsc, sufficient to go around the front of your foot.  Turn
While I'd urge you to try the fsc, if using plain chain, start with an even number of chain, and work the 1st sc in the 2nd ch from hk.  You should have an odd number at the end .  

Row 1 : sc each fsc till end.  Turn.

Row 2 - 3 : sc each fsc till end.  Turn.

“V”- stitch : “V”-st : (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) all in the same st or ch-sp

Row 4 : “V”-st in the 1st sc ; 
*ch 1, sk next sc, dc in next sc* ; 
rep from *to* till 2nd last sc ; ch 1, sk next sc, “V”-st in last sc.  Turn.


Note : From this row on, few things to remember :
1.        Each “V”-st will start in the centre of the ch-1 sp.  So you will sl-st into that ch-1 sp and work from there.  Instructions are directly from that ch-sp and I will not be (boringly) writing that in at the start of each line J
2.       The 1st and last sts are your “V”-sts.  We will be starting the first “V” for the pineapple in the centre of your Row 4.. so count out an equal no. of spaces/sts on either side and mark that centre st.
3.       You will make ch’s till you reach that centre st. you’ve marked and then do the V-st there, and then the same no of ch’s back till the end.
4.       As we’re working with a different set of sts, the no. of sts from now on will be “N”
5.       In row 6, the number of dc you make in that centre st will determine how ‘wide’ your little project is going to be – so do the next row, (when sts open out further), check that you’re happy with the width and continue on OR change the number of stitches.

Row 5 : “V”-st in the 1st ch-sp ; 
*ch N (no. of sts), sk sts till the centre st, “V”-st in next dc ; 
ch N till last “V”-st ; “V”-st in last sc.  Turn.

Row 6 : “V”-st in the 1st ch-sp ; 
*ch N (minus one st that  you’ve used in the last row), 10 dc in next “V”-st ; 
ch N (minus one st that  you’ve used in the last row) till last “V”-st ; “V”-st in last “V”-st.  Turn.


 Row 7 : “V”-st in the 1st ch-sp ; 
ch N (minus one st that  you’ve used in the last row),
dc in 1st dc ; (ch 1, dc in the next dc) ; 
rep from (to) 8 times ; 
ch N (minus one st that  you’ve used in the last row) till last “V”-st ; 
“V”-st in last “V”-st.  Turn.

Row 8 : “V”-st in the 1st ch-sp ; 
ch N (same no. of sts that  you’ve used in the last row),
sk 1st dc ; (ch 1, dc in the next ch-1 sp) ; 
rep from (to) 8 times ; 
ch N (same no. of sts that  you’ve used in the last row) till last “V”-st ; 
“V”-st in last “V”-st.  Turn.


 Row 9 : “V”-st in the 1st ch-sp ; 
ch N (minus one st that  you’ve used in the last row),
sc in the 1st dc ; (ch 3, sk ch-1 sp, sc in the next dc) ; 
rep from (to) 7 times ; 
ch N (minus one st that  you’ve used in the last row) till last “V”-st ; 
“V”-st in last “V”-st.  Turn.

Row 10 : “V”-st in the 1st ch-sp ; 
ch N (same no. of sts that  you’ve used in the last row),
sc in the 1st ch-3 sp ; (ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp) ; 
rep from (to) 6 times ; 
ch N (same no. of sts that  you’ve used in the last row) till last “V”-st ;
V”-st in last “V”-st.  Turn.

Row 11 : “V”-st in the 1st ch-sp ; 
ch N (same no. of sts that  you’ve used in the last row),
sc in the 1st ch-3 sp ; (ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp) ; 
rep from (to) 5 times ; 
ch N (same no. of sts that  you’ve used in the last row) till last “V”-st ; 
“V”-st in last “V”-st.  Turn.

Row 12-15 : Rep Row 11, reducing the number of reps by 1 with each row, till you have only one ch-3 sp.


Next Row : “V”-st in the 1st ch-sp ; 
ch N (same no. of sts that  you’ve used in the last row),
sc in the ch-3 sp ; ch N (same no. of sts that  you’ve used in the last row) till last “V”-st ; 
“V”-st in last “V”-st.  Turn.

Last Row : “V”-st in the 1st ch-sp ; 
ch N (these will be the no. of sts you need to go around your 2nd toe as per pic below) ; 
“V”-st in last “V”-st.  Fasten off.  Weave in ends.



Yaay.. we’re nearly done.  Now all we’ve gotta do is make that little tie to go around your ankles – so go back to that first fsc row, and re-attach your yarn at one end.  Make sufficient ch to go around your foot and fasten off. Weave that end in. 

The come back to the other end of the same 1st fsc row and make a similar length ch from this end.  Weave this end in too.. and VOILA ! C’est tout .. ok.. so that’s probably the limit of my Francais, but this cute little project does have a little pizzazz now.. doesn’t it – demands a little French J

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I have made a few other footwear projects before.. and here they are.