Ah baby toes. They are just the cutest, so why cover them up?
A good friend of mine recently had a gorgeous baby girl and has been dropping hints for some crochet baby sandals for a while. So I thought I’d experiment with these to make something a little less traditional and in super bright colours for summer :)
These use cotton embroidery thread (with all 6 strands held together as they come in the skein) but you could use lace weight yarn, or try making them in a heavier weight and using a bigger hook for grown up versions.
These really are one size fits all – as you can see I couldn’t resist trying them on myself! This is because the ties are threaded through loops at the back so they are totally adjustable.
Scroll down for pdf patterns! (US and UK notation)
Embroidery thread – one skein of each colour: Yellow, Pink, Bright Green, Light Green and White. Or choose your own colours!
Size 2mm crochet hook
The pattern is worked in the round from the centre out. The pattern is based on my triple layer petals flower pattern (which has 7 petals around whereas this has 6 petals around).
With Yellow, begin with a magic ring:
R1: ch3 (counts as dc, ch1), *dc into ring, ch1, repeat from * 4 more times, sl-st into 2nd of starting chs and pull ring closed (6dcs and 6 ch sps). Fasten off yellow.
With Pink (crochet over the end of the yellow and pink tail to save weaving in)
R2: Join into a ch-sp, ch1, *(sc, 3dc, sc) into ch-sp, repeat from * 5 more times, join with a sl-st into first sc (6 petals made).
Round 3 is worked behind the petals to make chains to work the leaves into. The sc’s are worked behind the petals through the vertical back “legs” of the sc’s of the petals.
R3: ch1, make an sc by inserting the hook into the last strand of the sc just worked and the first strand of the very first sc worked in R2, draw up a loop and complete the sc. Ch3, make an sc in the same way as before, through the last leg of the sc on the 1st petal and 1st leg of the sc on the 2nd petal. *Ch3, repeat the sc process on the next petal, repeat from * 4 more times, ch3 and join with a sl-st into the first sc made. Fasten off pink. (6 ch-sps made)
With Bright Green (crochet over the end of the pink and green tail to save weaving in):
R4: Join into a ch-sp and ch1. *(4sc) into ch-sp, ch4, sc into the back nub of 2nd ch from hook and in next 2 chs, (4sc) in next ch-space, repeat from * 2 more times, join with a sl-st and fasten off (3 stems made, all separated by 8sc)
Tip : The 3sc on the stems are made into the back nub of the chain because it makes R5 a little easier – if you struggle to do this then you can work into the chain as normal.
Join Light Green into the 1st chain of any stem, to work up the stem and in the same direction as previous rounds.
Picot: ch2, sl-st into 2nd ch from hook working into the back nub of the chain.
Leaf: ch1, sc in same ch, (hdc, dc) in next ch, (2dc) in next ch, (dc, picot, dc) into turning chain, (2dc) into sc, (dc, hdc) into next sc, (sc, sl-st) into final sc of stem, fasten off leaving a long tail.
Work another leaf on the next stem, and then a little leaf on the final stem:
Little Leaf: ch1, (2sc) in next ch, (2sc) in next ch, picot, do not work in turning chain, (2sc) into sc, (2sc) into next sc, sl-st into final sc of stem, fasten off leaving a long tail.
Weave in all ends apart from the 3 long tails. For each of the 3 long tails, weave them about two thirds of the way up the backs of the leaves. Sew a loop from one side to the other and back so that it is double stranded. Weave in the ends.
Ties: Using white, make 2 chains of 150, or your preferred length. Weave in ends.
Thread the ties through the loop on a leaf, through the little leaf for a short length and then double back (so that a toe loop is formed) and finally through the last leaf.
Now sit back and admire how cute your sandals are!