Today we will do a little pictorial tutorial on how to crochet Open Front Baby Sandals.
I need to give credit to the inspiration for this which is an image I found on Pinterest. However no matter where I searched, I could not find the complete instructions. So I have filled in the blanks, so to speak. (Click to see the Pinterest crochet image.) And I have modified it to fit the sizing I wanted.
For this project, I used a Clover 3/0 (2mm) and 4/0 (2.5mm) crochet hooks with corresponding yarn with appropriate thickness. This yielded me baby sandals with foot length of 9 – 9.5cm and 10 – 10.5cm; making them suitable for babies between ages of 0-6 months and 6-12 months.
You will need to adjust your crochet hook and/or yarn and experiment a bit to get the correct size you are after.
For these baby sandals, I started off with the simple DC Baby Soles (click to see the full crochet chart article). If changing colour, cut yarn on completion of soles. You should end up with 60 stitches.
Making the Body
The body, for purposes of explanation, is made in 2 parts: the open front, and the sides (and back).
But first, we will make a row of sc (single crochet) all round the soles – 60sc in all. The sc is done by going round the post of each dc stitch from the soles.
Body – Open Front
Now we will make the straps to create the open front of the baby sandals. First, a full graph .. which is broken down into step-by-step later.
The image below just shows the front of the sc row we created before.
Then we begin the first strap or band …
Now, you can just follow the step-by-step charts.
You now should have the front three bands or straps that will create the open front of the baby sandals.
Body – the Sides & Back
The first row of the sides is a row of 31dc which joins to the last strap made.
For R2 of sides …
The summarised chart for the sides and back is as per below. It should continue all the way round sides and back. I will also break down each of the steps as before.
This first of the next charts shown is what you should have already done in the previous step – the R2 for the sides. The purple 3dc shown is the front’s center. Each row shown should be worked all the way round sides and back.
For the top scallop edging, if you include a bead (at each chain shown), then it will look like this:
Cut off yarn.
Scallop Edging for the Soles
The soles of the baby sandals can also have a smaller scallop edging if desired. It is worked as follows:
(1hdc into next stitch, sl st into next stitch) repeat all the way round. If you want to include beads, then it is added in when you do the slip stitch.
You can now finish off by embellishing the open front baby sandals in whatever way you like.
Chart Summary of Open Front Baby Sandals
Below is a gallery of all the charted steps so that you can go from image to image when you just need a reminder.
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