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Crochet Slippers Part 2

Last month I blogged about finding Calypso Gray's wonderful free pattern for beautiful crocheted slippers and the modifications I made to her pattern.  Please refer to my blog post called “Crochet Slippers Part 1" to see step-by-step photos of the making of a pair of slippers from the toe-cap to the sole to the upper portion.  I love this pattern because the slippers are crocheted in one piece and no seams are required.  The sky’s the limit in terms of the modifications and additions you can make, so please join me as I show you how I made five different pairs of slippers, each unique in their own way!

I knew I wanted to make my mom a pair of slippers as soon as I found this pattern.  Mother’s Day was coming up, and it’s wonderful being able to give hand-made gifts that are so practical too!  I knew my mom would prefer a darker colour for her slippers so they wouldn’t get dirty as easily, so I chose a grey theme.  I used a dark grey for the body of the slipper and a light grey for the edging.  To add a little “pizzaz”, we picked up these small translucent buttons and sewed them on using hot pink thread.  The result is a clean, modern look that my mom absolutely loved!

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The only tricky thing about making these slippers and giving them as gifts is sizing.  The pattern calls for a 5 mm crochet hook, and my first pair of slippers that I made using this hook fit my size 8-8.5 feet perfectly.  However, all subsequent slippers I made ended up being a little too tight!  I tried my best to keep consistent gauge, but the end result can vary a lot depending on the yarn you use, even if it states that the weight is the same.  Thus, I used a 5.5 mm crochet hook for my own slippers so they fit me comfortably.  Knowing that my mom has slightly smaller feet than mine, I stuck with a 5 mm crochet hook for hers.  Don’t they look great on her?

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I absolutely LOVED this yarn colour when I saw it at the store, so I picked it up to make a fun, bright pair of slippers.  The colour is called “lemongrass”, and we used a similar colour in our wedding theme along with a fuscia pink.  Isn’t it a gorgeous colour?  We used white on the edging for contrast.  Ryan and I found these stunning buttons at Michaels and thought they’d be a great statement piece on our slippers. 

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They kind of remind me of the medallions found on the super chic Tory Burch flats!

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I really wanted to make a pair of slippers adorned with sweet little bows.  They make the slippers look so dainty and ladylike, and it’s fun choosing bright colours and figuring out which colours go well together.

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I followed this video here to get a general idea of how to crochet a bow.  Then I figured out what size i wanted for my slippers and made up the following pattern:

Using a 2 mm crochet hook, Ch 12

R1: Starting in second chain from hook, Sc 11.

R2-4: Ch 1.  Turn.  Sc 11

From there, I single crocheted up the right side of the resulting rectangle, across the top, down the left side and across the bottom, doing three single crochets in each corner stitch.  Please see the picture below for clarification.  Doing three single crochets in each corner gives the bow a nice rounded look.  I then scrunched the bow slightly and wrapped yarn around the centre, then attaching it to the slipper.

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Prettyness!  Bows are just so cute :)  I made these slippers for my sister because she loves all things cute and pretty!

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When I went shopping I noticed that many flats and heels had a modern twist on the traditional bow with straighter lines, giving the bows a more geometric shape.  A reader pointed out that they kind of look like ruffles too!

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I thought these grey and pink flats from Zara were super cute!  The pink square in the middle was quite the statement.

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And so, I tried to emulate these Zara flats by crocheting some grey and pink slippers with a similar pink design ontop.  I wanted to add more pink to this slipper so I used grey for the toe-cap, switched to pink for the sole, and then switched back to grey for the upper portion.  The pink sole adds a bright pop of colour!

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I crocheted a long rectangular strip with the following pattern:

Using a 3.5 mm crochet hook, Ch 36

R1: Starting in second chain from hook, Sc 35.

R2-6: Ch 1.  Turn.  Sc 35

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We folded the rectangular piece inwards towards the middle and sewed the piece in place, flattening it so it would not be too puffy.

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I then sewed this pink piece onto the grey slippers.  They’re pretty unique-looking!  And they match perfectly with my pajama pants :)

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Since it was so much fun crocheting a pair of slippers based on some flats I saw in store, I wanted to crochet another pair of slippers inspired by some of my favourite flats of all-time! I bought these white flats with elastic rainbow straps years ago from Town Shoes and I’ve managed to keep them fairly clean!  They are incredibly comfortable as the leather molds to my feet…it feels like I’m wearing socks when I wear these!  Aren’t these flats awesome?

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To start off the rainbow strap, I did a series of chain stitches using red embroidery floss.  I then single crocheted ontop of the red embroidery floss using orange for about ten stitches and then did more chain stitches so that the orange would then be disconnected/independent from the red.  I then joined the orange back with the red by single crocheting the last ten stitches.

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I continued with this pattern for the rest of the colours.  I followed good ol’ “ROY G. BIV" (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet) to get a range of colours for my rainbow strap!

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We then attached the rainbow straps to my white crocheted slippers!  Ryan also embroidered a border across the edge of the slipper using brown embroidery floss to make them more similar to my flats.

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The rainbow straps make these flats so fun, colourful and unexpected!

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It was quite a whirlwind when I went on this slipper-making frenzy!

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I felt like a shoe designer, dreaming up what designs I wanted to make and wear!

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It is so simple to personalize these slippers as there are many great yarn colours to use and many fun buttons and great little crochet embellishments (bows, hearts, flowers) that you can add.

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Which one of these crochet slippers are your favourite?

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I hope I’ve given you some ideas on how you can adapt and modify a basic pattern to make many different designs!  Do you have any favourite flats or shoes that could be made into a pair of slippers?  Inspiration can come from anywhere!  Once again, the free base pattern can be found here and you can check out my step-by-step blog post with plenty of pictures and a detailed list of the modifications I made here.  Thanks for reading this heavy post and continuing along this crochet journey with me!

[UPDATE: I recently found a great way to make these slippers non-slip with a rubber spray coating called “Plasti Dip”!  Read all about it HERE!]

Here is a recap of all the crochet slippers I made!  Detailed blog post coming soon :)  All slippers were made using the free pattern by Little House by the Sea with modifications!

Here is a recap of all the crochet slippers I made!  Detailed blog post coming soon :)  All slippers were made using the free pattern by Little House by the Sea with modifications!

The fifth and last pair of slippers of the week are based on some of my favourite flats that include a rainbow strap!  Check back next week to see the full detailed blog post on all of this week’s slippers!

The fifth and last pair of slippers of the week are based on some of my favourite flats that include a rainbow strap!  Check back next week to see the full detailed blog post on all of this week’s slippers!

The fourth pair of slippers includes a modern take on the traditional bow with a rectangular, straight-edged shape!  These were inspired by some flats I saw while shopping at the mall!

The fourth pair of slippers includes a modern take on the traditional bow with a rectangular, straight-edged shape!  These were inspired by some flats I saw while shopping at the mall!

The third pair of slippers are adorned with cute, dainty bows!  Don’t they add a touch of sweetness and make them oh so ladylike?

The third pair of slippers are adorned with cute, dainty bows!  Don’t they add a touch of sweetness and make them oh so ladylike?

Here is the second pair of slippers of the week!  The statement buttons pop against this beautiful colour called “lemongrass”.  We used this colour in our wedding along with a gorgeous fuscia :D

Here is the second pair of slippers of the week!  The statement buttons pop against this beautiful colour called “lemongrass”.  We used this colour in our wedding along with a gorgeous fuscia :D

Hope everyone had a great Mother’s Day over the weekend!  I crocheted my Mom her very own pair of slippers and here she is proudly modeling them :)  She likes darker colours, so I used two shades of grey and adorned them with two small buttons with hints of pink thread!
Everyday this week I will post a photo of a new pair of slippers I made using the same free pattern by “Little House by the Sea”, so keep on coming back to see what other ones I’ve made!  I’ll do a big blog post at the very end to explain and describe them all in greater detail!

Hope everyone had a great Mother’s Day over the weekend!  I crocheted my Mom her very own pair of slippers and here she is proudly modeling them :)  She likes darker colours, so I used two shades of grey and adorned them with two small buttons with hints of pink thread!

Everyday this week I will post a photo of a new pair of slippers I made using the same free pattern by “Little House by the Sea”, so keep on coming back to see what other ones I’ve made!  I’ll do a big blog post at the very end to explain and describe them all in greater detail!

Crochet Slippers Part 1

I’ve absolutely LOVED Ravelry ever since joining a couple months ago.  The crochet community is so awesome and supportive, and I always love browsing through other people’s projects and checking out the patterns that are “hot right now" (or "the designs that Ravelers are looking at today").  Last month, I stumbled upon a pattern called "Crocheted Mary-Jane Slippers" by Calypso Gray of “Little House by the Sea”.  I saw that this pattern had been favourited many times and that more than 190 people had made them: everyone seemed to agree that it was a great pattern.  Best of all, the pattern was free with step-by-step photos!  I had always wanted to try crocheting some slippers, so I decided to give this pattern a try!

Since I had just finished crocheting Snuggles and had plenty of left-over yarn, I decided to use this beautiful turquoise colour for my slippers.  These slippers consist of three basic parts: (1) the toe-cap, (2) the sole, and (3) the upper portion.  First I crocheted the toe-cap that was formed by crocheting around a foundation chain (just like the heads of Dragon and Snuggles).  This part was crocheted in rounds.

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Next up came the sole of the slipper, which was crocheted in rows as you needed to turn your work.

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The sole expanded slightly for the heel of the foot…

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And then tapered off again..

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Next came the upper part of the slipper which was again crocheted in rounds.

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Row upon row was added to make the slipper wrap around the feet.

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I used a contrasting yellow colour for the last row to give my slipper a nice border!

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I also added some beautiful handmade wooden buttons I picked up at a Farmer’s Market in Halifax last summer!  I’m so happy I finally got to use them in a crochet project.  I have such an affinity for wooden buttons- I also used them for my crocheted cup cozies as well :)

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I love how these slippers are crocheted in one piece as no seams are required!

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Here is a side view of my new slippers: I really love this colour combination together!

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Don’t you just want to slip your feet into these cozy slippers?

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This is what the slippers look like when they are flattened.  Don’t they look like canoes?  I saw people package them ontop of one another like this with a lovely label attached.  These would make such wonderful gifts!

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Of course, I was itching to try these slippers on as soon as I finished, and I was delighted that they fit me perfectly!  Not too tight and not too small!

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My feet tend to get very cold, so these are perfect for me as they keep my feet warm against our hardwood and tile.  And since I’m such a sucker for all things cute, I picked up these David & Goliath pajama pants while on vacation in Maui.  Cookies and milk BFF’s with cute faces?  How could I resist?

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Here are some things to keep in mind when following Calypso Gray’s pattern:

  • These slippers are made using single crochets (American English) although the pattern refers to them as double crochets (British English)
  • The pattern states that the slippers will fit US size 6.5-9, but I think this is a huge range: I typically wear a size 8.  However, I have tried making other slippers using different yarn (same weight but different colours), and almost all of them have turned out a tad too snug.  I’ve tried moving up a hook size (from 5 mm to 5.5 mm) and they have fit better.  If you have smaller feet, try using a smaller crochet hook.
  • When crocheting the “upper” portion of the slipper, I think the stitch count is off by 1 when going around the toe-cap.  The toe-cap started with 24 stitches, and then 8 were used to continue the sole.  That means there should be 16 stitches left (24-8) rather than the 17 stitches as stated in the pattern.  This is really minor as it does not make a huge difference- you simply subtract one stitch when going around the toe-cap for Rounds 1 and above in the “upper” portion.

Here are the modifications I made to Calypso Gray’s pattern to make my own slippers:

  • I switched to my contrasting colour (yellow) after Round 5.
  • Round 6 was my last round (no Round 7 or 8).
  • I did not add straps to my slippers.
  • I used the Invisible Decrease when decreasing in Rounds 3-6 in the “Upper” portion so holes were less visible.

I was trying to think of creative ways to photograph my slippers, so I thought of doing some jumping shots!  Ryan and I are known to love jumping shots- I have some great ones from when we were on vacation, and even when I graduated from University!  They always turn out hilarious ;)  Here I am ready for launch!

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Now in mid-air!  Don’t ya love seeing the crochet slippers in action? 

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And now for my *graceful* landing ;)

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Jump complete!  We had a lot of fun doing these dynamic shots, and Ryan got to put the “burst mode” on his camera to good use!

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I absolutely LOVE how my slippers turned out, and after completing this first pair, I went on a slipper-making frenzy.  I’m still finishing up some other slippers that I’ve made using my favourite flats as inspiration.  I will share them with you once I’ve finished them!  Will you be trying out Calypso Gray’s free pattern?  Once again, it can be found HERE.  They would make great gifts for friends and of course for yourself as well!  I love wearing these snuggly slippers around the house :)  You can choose really fun colours and beautiful buttons to personalize your slippers!  To get some ideas of what colours complement one another and look great together, you can check out some inspiration boards and colour palettes that my friend Melissa of Wedding Obsession has put together here and here.  She has a lovely blog and oodles of wedding and design inspiration!  Have fun crocheting these gorgeous slippers :)

[UPDATE #1: Please check out my blog post “Crochet Slippers Part 2" to see five more variations I made on this basic pattern, including the addition of bows and straps.  Some were inspired by my favourite flats!]

[UPDATE #2: I recently found a great way to make these slippers non-slip with a rubber spray coating called “Plasti Dip”!  Read all about it HERE!]

JUMP for JOY! 
Sneak peek of upcoming blog post: Crochet Slippers [free pattern by “Little House by the Sea" (modified)]

JUMP for JOY

Sneak peek of upcoming blog post: Crochet Slippers [free pattern by “Little House by the Sea" (modified)]

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