6 posts tagged loop
Three weeks ago we attended a little girl’s first birthday party! We were very excited to go as we’ve been friends with her parents for a long time. They choreographed the waltz and rumba during our wedding reception and years later we both ended up having little girls born just a few months apart! I knew that I wanted to crochet her something special for her first birthday, and I knew exactly what: Loop Boots! That way, our little girls could match with each other :) See the full blog post for Myla’s “Crochet Loop Boots with Suede Soles" HERE!
However, rather than using suede for the soles, I wanted to investigate another method to make these boots non-slip that had piqued my interest. Crocheting these boots was a lot of fun and they worked up quickly since I was used to the pattern! I used grey yarn for the soles and purple yarn for the rest (Vanna’s Choice in “Silver Grey” and “Dusty Purple”).
During my research trying to figure out how to make crocheted footwear non-slip, I came across a YouTube video in which a lady used something called “Plasti Dip”. Plasti Dip is a multi-purpose rubber coating that can be used for “comfortable grip, slip resistance, anti-moisture protection, abrasion, and corrosion resistance”. I knew that people had successfully used the canned version to dab on dots of Plasti Dip to make rubber grips. However, I was intrigued by the aerosol version that I had seen in the video!
The aerosol comes in different colours but we made sure to get the clear one (with the clear lid) so that it would not affect the colour of the soles and keep them grey. We picked up this Plasti Dip at Lowe’s for $20 but you can find it cheaper on Amazon (see affiliate link below if you’re interested in purchasing it on-line for $10).
After reading the instructions, Ryan was excited to begin spraying the boots! However, he wanted to make sure that the Plasti Dip only got on the soles and not the rest of the boots (such as the loopy parts). Thus, Ryan made some cut-outs in a cereal box so that he could place the boots in it while isolating the soles like so:
Here is a video showing how we sprayed our boots! The instructions say to allow a minimum of 30 minutes between coats and to apply at least 3-4 coats. Then you need to wait a minimum of 4 hours to let the Plasti Dip dry before you are completely done. Be warned that it smells really bad when spraying the Plasti Dip but when everything is dried, no scent remains.
Here is the finished product! We were sooo curious to see how the soles would look and feel after all the coats were applied! The rubber coating gives a very interesting, bumpy texture that will no doubt provide a lot of grip to these boots. I originally wondered if the other side of the soles would be affected (inside the boots) but thankfully they remained soft and did not harden. I think that if you have large stitches with holes in between, however, there is a chance that the Plasti Dip may affect the other side and cause it to harden!
Apparently Plasti Dip is waterproof (people use it on their cars) as water will not stick to the surface and will actually bead up and fall right off. The following question can be found in the Plasti Dip FAQ section as well:
- "Is Plasti Dip safe to use on children’s toys, animal containment, and/or on kitchen utensils?"
- They answered, “Plasti Dip does not contain any heavy metals, and when completely dry, is considered harmless. However, it is not recommended that it be used on items that may be chewed or inserted into the mouth as it may present a choking hazard.”
Thus, don’t let your kids chew on this (although you probably wouldn’t want them chewing on any of their shoes anyway!)!
Here are the finished purple loop boots! We loved the look of Myla’s gold buttons so much that we went out and bought the same ones for these boots :)
The Plasti Dip spray preserves the look of the boots while providing plenty of grip and texture!
We had fun trying to package the boots in a beautiful way: we ended up using a gift box and I attached some of my business cards onto the top! The boots were very well-received and I cannot wait to see the little girl wearing them in the future :) If you’re interested in purchasing the pattern for these loop boots, check out the “Two Girls Patterns" shop run by Kris and Lorin on Etsy HERE (this pattern comes in baby, toddler and adult sizes). See the step-by-step making of the loop boots I previously made with suede soles HERE!
I think using this aerosol Plasti Dip is a great option to make crocheted footwear non-slip. For other methods, check out Moogly’s round-up HERE. This rubber coating will not wear down easily and you most likely will not need to reapply (I’ve heard that dots of glue or puffy paint tend to wear down easily). There is no extra sewing required, it does not leave ugly or irregular marks, and it covers the entire surface area of the soles. One can of the aerosol Plasti Dip will probably last a while and I think this will be the option that I myself choose whenever I want to make my crocheted slippers or boots non-slip! On an ending note, if you’ve never seen my crocheted slippers blog post before, check it out HERE as I made 6 different variations based on the same pattern :)
Sneak peek of upcoming blog post: Non-Slip Soles with Plasti Dip (Rubber Spray Coating)
One of the things I love about my passion for crochet is being able to make beautiful, unique items for my little girl that cannot be purchased in stores and are handcrafted with a lot of love! For Myla’s 1st birthday, she was gifted with a pair of Padraig boots (see here if you’ve never seen them before) from some dear friends: these boots were crocheted with New Zealand wool, lined with sheepskin and had leather soles! Myla wore them for the next couple of months and they were great as they were warm and provided great grip as she learned how to walk around. You can see Myla wearing them in this photo I posted to Instagram below (don’t you love our matching parkas?)! As soon as Ryan and I laid eyes on these Padraigs, we knew we wanted to try and crochet Myla a pair of boots with a leather or suede sole that would be functional for our walking toddler (see my previous baby boots here).
As I was looking up patterns on different sites, I came across “Two Girls Patterns" on Etsy and absolutely fell in love with their designs! Kris and Lorin have so many patterns for cute and modern slippers, boots and hats, and I thought their "Furrylicious/Little Diva Boots" in particular really stood out! These boots are crocheted using the loop stitch which gives a beautiful and unique texture to the boots. I was very excited to get my hands on the pattern, and if you visit their Etsy store, you will see it being sold for $5.50 USD (you get a discount if you buy multiple patterns at the same time, and the pattern is also available for babies, toddlers, and even adults!). I knew it would be a great pattern because their store has rave reviews with everyone saying that their patterns are easy to follow and detailed with clear pictures!
The toddler version includes sizes 4-9 (you get all the sizes when you purchase the pattern), and I opted for a size 4 for Myla. Their pattern very clearly states all the materials needed, instructions on how to work the loop stitch and some notes that are very important to read before starting the project. For example, this boot is made by holding two strands of yarn at the same time! I started by crocheting the sole using a tan colour.
Next, I started crocheting the upper shoe with a white yarn (I used “Patons Canadiana” in “Winter White”).
Then the fun part began: the loop stitches! It was my first time doing the loop stitch, and I LOVED doing it! See this great tutorial and video that Fresh Stitches put together HERE that details how to do the loop stitch.
The loops are formed by wrapping the yarn around your finger! It’s important to draw both strands of the looped yarn through the stitch as just drawing through one strand will not work. For some reason when I began crocheting the loop stitches, I was doing them incorrectly by swinging my hook in the wrong direction- the loops seemed okay at first but as I continued moving on, the loops kept pulling inwards toward the centre of the boot and thus getting smaller. Thankfully, I noticed my mistake, undid my work, examined the instructions carefully again and continued onwards. Once I started doing the loop stitch correctly, they looked great! I need to figure out how to incorporate loop stitches in future projects as the results look so textured and beautiful!
Next, the upper boot is worked up as you add more and more loop stitches! I really love the look of the overlapping and cascading loops!
The boots are designed so that buttons can be sewn on one edge while there are button holes on the opposing and overlapping edge. The buttons give such a cute look to the boots!
Finally, my loop boots were complete! I was so happy with how they turned out, and the pattern was very easy to follow and understand. I love how Kris and Lorin laid out the directions very clearly, and they always offer support for their patterns if you need it and are more than happy to help :) These boots are very well-designed and I really admire designers who can think out patterns such as these (I myself find designing boots and shoes daunting, especially since the shape and sizing is so important!). This pattern is well worth the money, particularly since it includes the pattern for so many sizes…I can keep crocheting boots for Myla until she reaches size 9!
Here are Myla’s boots from the bottom! We let Myla wear them on carpeted surfaces such as our church sanctuary, but she would be slipping and sliding all over the place if we let her wear them on a hardwood or tile floor. Thus, I looked up many tutorials, videos and posts about how to make crocheted slippers non-slip. Moogly has a great post on “7 Great Ways to Make Slippers Non-Slip”- some of these ways include adding fabric paint or silicone sealant. One method that I was particularly interested in was using a rubber spray called “Plasti Dip” which would apparently make the sole rubbery (see video HERE). [UPDATE: I tried using “Plasti Dip” on another pair of boots and it worked very well- see the full blog post HERE!]
However, we really wanted to try using leather/suede for the soles as we loved the luxurious and very functional look of Myla’s Padraigs. And so, we purchased some scrap suede and excitedly began Myla’s Loop Boots, version 2.0! I crocheted a sole using some scrap yarn following the pattern for a size 4.5 boot so that Myla would have a little more room to grow into them. We then traced the sole onto the suede and made tick marks at every stitch with a pen so that we knew where to add holes (e.g. if you have 42 stitches in the last round of the sole, you should have 42 tick marks around the suede!). We then cut out the suede sole and punctured the holes around with a utility knife.
Here is a more detailed picture showing how we measured the suede sole. We knew we had to account for the fact that the stitches crocheted into the suede would pull upwards so we cut the suede sole a little bit bigger than the actual size of the crocheted sole. The inner edge is the actual size of the crocheted sole, and we added 0.5 cm all around for our suede sole. The slits were made close to the inner edge. It was somewhat difficult wiggling my crochet hook into the slits when crocheting around but it was definitely possible and I was so excited to start the upper boot!
We ended up using the same white Patons yarn as we loved how it looked (Sidenote: After multiple wears, Myla’s boots have pilled and fuzzed up a bit. You could experiment with different yarns in case you don’t want them to fuzz up as much!). In the end, I was able to crochet two pairs of loop boots with two skeins of the white yarn! After completing the first round of the upper shoe, this is what we had! We loved how it was looking already :)
You could add some faux fur or fur to the bottom of the boot for some added warmth and comfort! We glued the fur to the suede and then I continued crocheting the upper shoe.
After following the exact same pattern from here on in, these were our finished boots! We decided to go for some pretty gold buttons for this pair! Aren’t they beautiful?
Here is a picture showing the difference between the crocheted yarn sole and the suede sole!
I was incredibly excited to have Myla try them on and walk around our hardwood floor! Much to my delight, she walked around with no problem at all….no slipping or sliding as the suede sole provided her with plenty of grip!
She was pretty happy to wear them too! I love her sweet smile :)
The shaggy, loopy look of the boots are absolutely adorable! She always gets compliments whenever she wears them, and I can’t help but smile when people ask where I bought them and I get to say that I made them :) I never would have imagined that I would be able to crochet my daughter such functional, luxurious, and stylish boots a few years ago, and it’s amazing having her wear something I crocheted for her with so much love!
We used to take monthly family photoshoots up until Myla turned 1, so it was interesting trying to plan this shoot since Myla can walk so well now! Gone are the non-mobile days when she would stay wherever we plopped her down! And so, we did some of our favourite activities, like playing with bubbles!
We also did some reading (love the beautiful “Little Miss Austen” books)!
And some fun puzzles :)
If you’re interested in the beautiful prints that we’re wearing, check out Vonbon, a children’s line based in Vancouver, Canada. They specialize in organic cotton items (e.g. cowls, leggings, blankets, hats, bib bandanas, and headbands) that are all designed and handmade in Canada with gorgeous, sophisticated colour palettes. I’ve had the pleasure of connecting with Vonbon’s creator Jen (who started the company with her sister Kristin) and it’s been wonderful getting to know another handmade artisan who is so passionate about her craft and what she does!
[On Myla: Polkadoto shirt: H&M, Gray Antler Leggings & Blush Triangle Infinity Cowl: Vonbon. On me: Cape: Aritzia, Leggings: American Eagle Outfitters, Gray Antler Cowl: Vonbon]
We had to include this hilarious picture of Myla posing by the wall as I was blowing bubbles- she is a born model, haha :) Myla photobombed our last photoshoot for the “Cabled Wrist Warmers" but this time she had the whole stage to herself!
I hope you enjoyed reading about our adventures in making these boots and also learned about some options on how to make your own crocheted slippers or boots non-slip by adding a suede sole! I really enjoyed crocheting them and am so delighted with how they turned out! You can purchase the toddler pattern for these loop boots HERE.
Kris and Lorin of “Two Girls Patterns" have partnered with me to offer a GIVEAWAY [now CLOSED- congrats “Pinkrebunny”!]! One of my readers will win a FREE pattern from their lovely shop! There are two ways to enter: please visit their Etsy store HERE and browse through their patterns. Then, leave a comment below on my blog and/or on my Facebook page here (must be a follower of “All About Ami”) stating which pattern you would most like to win! I’d love to hear what you think about our boots too and if you’ve tried making your crocheted footwear non-slip! This contest is open worldwide and will close on Sunday, January 26th at 8 PM, MST. If you are under 18, please ask your parents’ permission before entering. Also, in case anyone is interested, Kris and Lorin allow people to sell their finished products made from their patterns as long as credit for the original design is given to them in the listing! If you are interested in purchasing completed loop boots for your own child or as gifts, you can check Etsy as I’ve seen them being sold there! Thank you for reading, and happy browsing and crocheting!
Sneak peek of upcoming blog post & giveaway: Crochet Toddler Loop Boots (design by “Two Girls Patterns”)
Ana Paula Rimoli's books were the ones that first got me started on amigurumi, and back then, I simply skipped past the patterns that were aimed at babies (e.g. mobiles). As I was flipping through “Amigurumi Two!”, I came across some rattle toys that Ana Paula designed, and I knew that Myla would love them since she was grabbing everything and loved items that made noise! I loved the amigurumi addition to these rattles, and there were options such as a cat, bunny and panda. I thought the duck rattle was particularly cute, and it was very fun to crochet!
I liked the clean design of the rattle since the whole circumference was chained first, joined and then the rounds were added. The inner edges were then sewn together, making the seam pretty much invisible (vs. joining the edges of the loop at the end like this toy here). We added jingle bells to the duck before closing him up, but the fiberfill muted how much sound they made. And so, we put the jingle bells in a little container and then inserted the container into the duck so that the bells had a hard surface to rattle against! We were so excited to present Myla with this new toy, and she loved it! It was very sweet to see her grabbing the loop and shaking the toy to hear the bells jingling! I love how you can do so much with crocheting, including making your own baby toys! If you’re interested in this particular pattern, you can buy Ana Paula’s book HERE or look for it at your local library too!
Check out this “Loop Baby Rattle Grab Toy" I crocheted using this free pattern HERE by Amy of Herbst Handmade. As soon as I saw the pattern, I knew I had to give it a try since it simply consisted of crocheting two small loops and one big loop, all in a round!
I had some soft green and yellow cotton yarn leftover from my “Peas in a Pod" amigurumi from long ago, so I thought I would use them for this project! I thought the cotton yarn would provide great texture and grip for the baby to grasp. I picked up some jingle bells from my local dollar store and spaced them in the larger tube between the stuffing. I also used my 2 mm crochet hook to get very tight stitches to ensure that there would be no gaps in the stitching so that no stuffing or bells would accidentally come out! This toy rattles nicely and would make a great gift! You can have fun choosing different colour combinations, even matching the baby’s nursery or blanket :)