Frolicking

Mar 13, 2006
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by Janice Stanborough

Introduction

Frolicking Slippers

Keep your little piggies as warm as bacon with these cute and cheery Mary-Jane slippers. They will add a bounce to your step, reminiscent of spring lambs, and the flowers will remind you of the happy spring flowers hiding under the snow. Suddenly, it just feels like spring...

Materials List

  • Milano Crepe double knit wool, 50g, 1 and a half balls. Yarn scraps for flowers.
  • 4.5mm (US G) hook
  • Yarn needle

Finished Size

Slipper measures approximately 23cm (9 inches) along bottom from toe to heel (unstretched).

Notes

  • Slipper is worked from the toe to heel in circular and regular crochet.
  • If you want a longer or shorter slipper, adjust the pattern between the rows 14-23 or 26-51.

Sc = single crochet
Sl st = slip stitch
Ch = chain
St(s) = stitch(es)

The Pattern

SlippersBody of slipper (make 2)

Do not join rounds 1 through 23 - just work in a spiral. Place a marker in the first stitch of each round to help keep track as you go.

Round 1: Ch 2. Work 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook (6 sts)

Round 2: Work 2 sc in each sc around (12 sts)

Round 3: Work 2 sc in each sc around (24 sts)

Rounds 4-8: Work sc in each sc around (24 sts)

Round 9: Work *sc in each of next 2 sc, 2 sc in 3rd sc*, repeat around (32 sts)

Rounds 10-12: Work sc in each sc around (32 sts)

Round 13: Work *sc in each of next 3 sc, 2 sc in 4th sc*, repeat around (40 sts)

Rounds 14-23: Work sc in each sc around (40 sts)

Row 24: Sl st in next sc. Ch 1, turn

Row 25: Work sc in each of next 30 sts, leaving 10 sts unworked. Ch 1, turn (30 sts)

Row 26-51: Work sc in each st. Ch 1, turn (30 sts)

Row 52: Work sc in each of first 4 sts, 2 sc in the next st, *sc in each of next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st, repeat from * 3 more times. Sc in each of next 5 sts. Ch 1, turn (35 sts)

Row 53-57: Work sc in each st. Ch 1, turn (35 sts)

Row 58: Work sc in each of first 4 sts, 2 sc in the next st, *sc in each of next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st, repeat from * 4 more times. Sc in each of next 5 sts. Ch 1, turn (41 sts)

Row 59: Work sc in each st. Ch 1, turn (41 sts)

Slippers diagramFor rows 60-64 refer to the diagram, at right.

Row 60: Section A = sc in first 12 sts., Section B = *dec over next 2 sts, sc in next st, repeat from * 4 more times. Dec over next two sts. Section A = sc in last 12 sts. Ch 1, turn.

Row 61: Section A = sc in first 10 sts., Section B = *dec over next 2 sts, sc in next st, repeat from * 4 more times. Section A = sc in last 10 sts. Ch 1, turn.

Row 62: Section A = sc in first 8 sts., Section B = *dec over next 2 sts, sc in next st, repeat from * 3 more times. Dec over next two sts. Section A = sc in last 8 sts. Ch 1, turn.

Row 63: Section A = sc in first 6 sts., Section B = *dec over next 2 sts, sc in next st, repeat from * 3 more times. Section A = sc in last 6 7 sts. Ch 1, turn.

Row 64: Section A = sc in first 4 sts. Section B = *dec over next 2 sts, sc in next st, repeat from * 3 more times. Section A = sc in last 5 sts. Ch 1, turn.

Sl st to join the last stitch to the first st. Don’t fasten off.

Slipper opening and strap

Mark where you would like the strap.

To make the slipper tight, and to make the strap, you will have to sc around the opening at least once (I went around twice), decreasing every few sts to make it tight (I decreased 1 st every 3 sts). When you get to where you want the strap to be, stop and ch approximately 20. Sc in each ch and keep working your way around the slipper opening, decreasing every few sts. You can do this as many times as you like to make it tighter, but each time you go around, the opening will get smaller and the strap will get thicker. To finish off, sl st at the back of the heel and fasten off. You might want to sew shut the heel opening.

Alternative (easier) instructions

After Row 59, continue to sc until the slipper covers your heel. Fasten off, then sew up back seam.

Sc around slipper opening, starting from heel and decreasing every few sts to make it tight. Fasten off.

Make the strap separately and sew onto slipper.

Flowers

Note: Keep your yarn tails at least two inches long so you can tie them together.

Ch 2, sl st in 2nd ch from hook to form a ring. *Ch 6, sl st in ring* 5 times (makes 5 petals). Fasten off.

To attach flowers to slipper, poke the yarn tails of the flower into holes in the slipper and tie them at the back. Trim ends. Sew each petal to keep it down.


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Comments

Adelle wrote
on Mar 15, 2006 7:29 AM

I love this pattern! I cannot seem to find any information about this yarn, however, and I wanted to find something similar to make these for myself. Does anyone have the specs on Milano Crepe double knit wool?

Linda wrote
on Mar 23, 2006 2:59 AM

I love these! I've been looking for a pattern like this for a long time. I'm gonna get started today..

Miss Kitty wrote
on Mar 27, 2006 6:39 PM

Those slippers are so darn cute I am going to run home and make a pair for muself.

xoxo,

Kitty

Janet wrote
on Mar 31, 2006 12:01 PM

Janice, I love these slippers. Have just printed the pattern. Would love to know how to size it down for my 7 year old granddaughter. Am still a novice crocheter, so not sure how to make it smaller for her. I know she would love to have a pair. Any chance of you having this in "little girl" sizes?

Janet

linda wrote
on Apr 12, 2006 7:41 PM

note to self... attatched crocheted jute soles to the bottom and create cutest espadrilles known to mankind.

blur wrote
on Apr 24, 2006 12:08 AM
hey, can u have step-by-step pic on how to make that?

thanks

on Apr 24, 2006 8:40 AM

Hi blur - Sorry, we can't. If you'd like a hand, try asking on the forum.

Sarah wrote
on Apr 24, 2006 7:21 PM

Oooooh, that's a good idea. I'm there.

Syrenmuse wrote
on Apr 25, 2006 2:52 PM

I would like to see a more detailed or closer picture as this seems a little blurred and overly contrasted. I'm going to try the pattern but I have no idea what it will look like other than... a slipper (:

Brenda wrote
on May 2, 2006 7:55 AM

I would also love to make these slippers but need to know more about the yarn to find a comparable yarn. Would it be like a worsted weight or bulky?

Janice wrote
on May 30, 2006 5:45 PM
Hi Janet,
Perhaps you could try using a smaller hook and/or thinner yarn?
I'm not too sure how big a 7-year-old foot is, but you could also try crocheting only the first 10-15 or so rows for the toe, then start Row 24, adjusting the pattern to keep it in proportion with the toe.
I guess you will just have to play around with the instructions until you can find a method that works. Good luck!

Janice.

Janice wrote
on May 30, 2006 5:47 PM
Hi Syrenmuse,
You can view more photos of these slippers on my blog in the Crochet Album.

Janice.

Windy wrote
on Jun 20, 2006 2:20 PM
I couldn't find anything on the specified yarn, either - DK weight seems to be somewhere between worsted weight and sport weight. Debbie Bliss makes a Cotton DK and a Merino DK, and Plymouth makes a bunch of DK-weight yarns.

I tested the pattern using leftover worsted weight yarn, and the slipper came out hilariously huge. I could practically wear the cone part on my head.

on Jun 20, 2006 2:56 PM

Yes, DK weight yarn is lighter than worsted and heavier than sport. It's important to substitute a yarn the same weight as was used in the pattern to ensure proper sizing.

Cheers,

Kim, Ed.

Meg wrote
on Aug 20, 2006 12:14 PM

These are wonderful slippers and they make up so quick. I downsized the pattern to make a pair for my 2.5 yo DGD using a magenta worsted and purple (her choice of colors but I think she takes after her grannie)

Now that I understand the mechanics, I see these as in-house slippers for all the guests in my house for the upcoming fall and winter. I'm going to size mine for insets so I can wear my orthotics in them.

Many thanks for sharing this pattern.

meg

hookie wrote
on Oct 3, 2006 9:33 AM

When you make some for your orthotics, can you tell me what you did so I can do the same? I would love to wear these around the house! Thanks!

on Nov 4, 2007 9:38 PM

ok so I tried with the worsted weight as well and again HUGE! any idea on how I can down size the pattern a bit for a the worsted weight yarn?

metalma wrote
on Jan 28, 2009 1:39 PM
love lvoe love this pattern!!! THese are so cute and versital....oooooo ideas are endless!!!!

~MA~

on Feb 18, 2009 9:57 PM

Look so cute can't wait to try them out...

Happy Crocheting

Laurel

Kim B wrote
on Mar 29, 2009 5:04 PM

These are so cute. I want to try these. Thanks for sharing, Ladybug Kim

on Oct 3, 2009 8:05 PM

Hi, I was wondering what the gauge for this would be. Thank you!