Sunday, April 10, 2016

CUSTOMIZED CROCHET SOLES - UPDATED!!

This is the method I use for crochet soles on all my one-piece slippers. Or socks.

The soles protect the slippers, make them warmer, sturdier, and extend their life-time.  

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/any-size-customized-crochet-soles

Hemp-twine, 2 mm thick.


To achieve strong and durable soles, the bottoms are crocheted with normal hemp-twine. Packing-twine found in any hardware-store, supermarket, office-supplier, craft-store, post office, or online:
Search for twine>craft>supply
Other strong natural fibers: Jute, bast, or flax (linen).
Yarn: Achieve great soles with normal yarn too.
Yarn-weight Light/3, or Medium/4, should do.





This method is based on a copy of your foot, (or someone else’s), or any available standard foot-sizes. 



GREAT NEWS FOR STANDARD FOOT-SIZES 

Small Medium Large and Extra Large: 

Included in the pattern is now instructions for 4 different sole-sizes!
Full stitch-diagram for each size, with actual-size foot- templates in the background.

NOTE: I have resently published a pattern for the
 4 standard-sizes only! Out-Soles for Slippers

YOU HAVE TWO CHOICES: Work your soles according to the Any-size sole-method, or... 

choose one of the standard sizes with instructions.
HOW TO USE THE OUT-SOLES
  • This sole-method is mostly used for one-piece slippers.
  • Continue for slippers on the round on top of edging.
  • Use the crochet-soles as out- and/or insoles.
  • For heavier and sturdier out-soles, work two soles together into one sole!
  • Insert handmade insoles, apply treatment to the soles, and you have turned your slippers into shoes for street-wear!

For street-wear I mostly use the heavier Cord-Sole method 

But as you’ll see, also crochet soles can be worn on the street!


Any size Customized Crochet Soles: 

Go to my Ravelry-store Sophie and Me, to see all the details and photos!
The pattern: 16 pages written instructions, stitch diagrams, and step-by-step pics!
Tutorials included in this pattern:
  • HOW TO USE A FOOT-TEMPLATE FOR CUSTOMIZED SOLES
  • Instructions and stitch-diagrams for 4 sole-sizes
  • How to work the edging to join the slippers
  • How to join soles to slippers
  • How to make insoles
  • How to protect the crochet-soles
  • How to turn slippers into street-shoes
  • 4 different sole-sizes with instructions: 
Small = US 2 - 4 / EU 34-36 
Medium = US 5 - 6 / EU 37-38 
Large= US 7 - 8/ EU 39-40 
Extra Large = 9-10 / EU 41-42
The S-Size can be worn by kids: 
Shoe size about US 1-4 - EU 32-36.
Terminology: 

US - American Crochet Terms.
Conversion charts for BE terms and hooks.



CROCHET SOLES CROCHET SOLES CROCHET SOLES CROCHET SOLES

Soles for the White Lace Slippers.
The Crochet Soles for the Crochet/Knit Slippers
Crochet Soles made in Raffia!
Raffia Slip-In Sandals
Soles are normally edged with the material
for the slippers.
Hemp-Soles with cotton edging.
Detail of the crochet-edge needed to join
slippers to soles.
Use any strong material for your soles!











Saturday, December 5, 2015

CROCHET SNOWFLAKE SLIPPERS FOR WINTER WONDER-LAND!

Fairy-tale slippers for Snow-Queens!
One piece, toe-up, with snowflake motif

The slippers are based on my Plain Basic SC Slippers, originally designed only to show off the beautiful chunky snowflakes in this pattern! 
Here you have both; A plain slipper-pattern, included the beautiful snowflake motif!
Works up real fast in chunky, warm wool.
I think the snowflakes should be white, which will look great also on any grey- blue- or red shades.
A touch of metallic silver thread make the snowflakes shimmer as the snow on a clear winter-day!
With tiny “snow-balls” around the instep, these slippers stand out as a fairy-tale dream in winter-wonderland!
Fresh off the hook. 
No soles attached ... yet!

PLAIN BASIC SINGLE CROCHET SLIPPERS

Plain, Basic SC-Slippers (Single Crochet stitches only) One piece, toe-up. 

Chunky yarn works up these simple slippers in notime! 
Warm, comfy, and easy! 
The slippers were supposed to be base for appliques and embellish I planned for other designs. 
They came out so simple, neat and well-fitted, so I decided to work out instructions for them. 
Make them in wool or cotton, wear them as they are, or use your creativity; Add colored stripes, appliques, embroidery, pearls, and so on, no limit! 
The basics have no edging around the instep, so here’s room for endless finishing-stitches.
Absolute basics!
BUT... with good toe- and foot-shape,
That's important,also for simple slippers!
I think!!

No edging, can be worn as is, fresh off the hook.
Short sides with space for any edging-stitches though!

Tailored, fabric covered insoles.
With pretty labels, great gift idea!
Tailored crocheted out-soles attached to the bottom!
See more info and pics HERE





FREE TUTORIAL FOR LARGE CHUNKY CROCHET BUTTONS!

This pretty button was created in pure need! 
For my Baggy Lace Cardigan 
It was impossible to find large buttons that matched the cardigan’s style and color, so in the end I made them myself! 
Came out real neat, so I’ll share the pattern with you!
Changing yarn, hook, color, and final edging, they will appear different every time!
Fun and easy! DOWNLOAD HERE!


THE BAGGY LACE PINK CARDIGAN, OR IS IT A SHORT COAT?

I love to change delicate lace-patterns into a chunky garment! 
The lace achieves a completely different look, and turn the most simple shape into sophisticated fashion-wear.
The cardigan is straight, with 3/4 dolman-sleeves. 
Wide and comfy, so I have 3 sizes only; Small, Medium and Large.
Handmade buttons and finger-less gloves included in pattern with tutorials!
THE BUTTONS ARE RELEASED AS A FREE TUTORIAL! 
DOWNLOAD HERE! 
Pattern HERE

Friday, October 16, 2015

Crochet the Bean-Stitch. Used for the Basket Weave Sweater.

See the sweater on previous post!
This crochet stitch create a woven effect. To achieve a lighter fabric for the Basket Weave Sweater, I have modified it with 4 lps on hook, not the classic 6 loops.
You are welcome to copy the sts for your personal use! Happy crocheting!

The crocheted Bean-Stitch create this beautiful woven surface!
See it used for my Basket Weave Sweater!

The Basket Weave Crochet Sweater

Yepp! Finally done a new pattern, released today! Very happy with this one.
The sweater has a modern and fresh impression, and it's perfect for any use actually. All seasons.
Can be dressed up or down. With heels and skirt it's perfect for city-wear, and with tights and sneakers for any leisure-wear. Or with slippers home in front of the fire-place!
Separate neck-warmer for the coldest time of year, love this choice!
Crochet pattern available HERE!
I had a hard time choosing photos of my beautiful model wearing the sweater, so I just posted a bunch of them! Enjoy!!

For street-wear!

She look so good in it!

I've made this sweater in a cotton/acrylic-blend, and it's real soft and warm!

The ribbed border is a simple stitch I often use for vertical ribbing in crochet.

The Bean Stitch that create this beautiful woven effect!

On the beach too!

The separate neck-warmer when the weather is chilly!

Stylish!

Sunday, September 6, 2015

FEDORA OR STETSON CROCHET HAT PATTERN!

Classic shape for this always fashionable hat-style! Or make it simple, with rounded top! 
Adjust brim-size to Fedora- or Stetson-width! See pics! 

This design is a result of my passion for raffia, also called bast; Soft fibers collected from the inner bark of certain plants and trees. 
Modern raffia is industrial-made with cellulose/wood pulp. It’s light and strong, perfect for foot-wear, not as soft, pliable and stretchy as normal yarn, and amazingly comfortable.
I've already designed a pair of sandals in this material, see previous post, or link HERE.



The Fedora in straw, or in Raffia, as I have used,
was until resent mostly worn by "adults".
Nowadays the youngsters have adopted the style as new and cool!  

Yeah..... coool!!

Add rounds to the brim, and create a Stetson-, or Borsalino-style!

And the sunhat! Perfect on the beach!

Good for any occasion!

Attached to the head of some of the people I love!!



RAFFIA CROCHET SLIPPERS/SANDALS FOR STREET WEAR

This design is a result of my passion for raffia, also called bast; Soft fibers collected from the inner bark of certain plants and trees. 
Modern raffia is industrial-made with cellulose/wood pulp. It’s light and strong, perfect for foot-wear, not as soft, pliable and stretchy as normal yarn, and amazingly comfortable.


As you know, I'm always attaching my handmade CORD-SOLES to my one-piece slippers.
Why? To turn them into shoes for street-wear!
Article of how this idea left my brain is HERE.
I have made this design in cotton too, just to prove that it can be done! See the pics of the blue slippers.
So you don't have to work them in raffia!
For the blue slippers, I have attached the Crochet Soles.

The original Raffia-Slippers fresh off the hook!
Not difficult to work with at all, but you need some patience,
as Raffia is not stretchy as yarn!

The same crochet-pattern made in cotton!
In case you like to skip the Raffia, it's doable from the same instructions.
I have edged them with raffia though.


Lovely summer slip-ins!

And in Raffia. No out-sole yet!
Raffia is actually very soft and comfy on the feet!
The stitches makes them flexible.

Here fabric-covered insoles are inserted. With labels!
Great gift-idea by the way!
I think the warm colors in the striped fabric are perfect for the raffia-slippers.

This is the cotton-slippers, with the same insoles as above for the Raffia-slippers.

The Raffia Slippers are now turned into sandals for street-wear!
On this photo the Cord-Soles are attached!
Love them!

The cotton-slippers are also turned into street-shoes,
but are attached to Crochet-Soles!

I love the look of these out-soles in crocheted Raffia!
I'm not convinced about how long they will last on the street,
but they are super-comfy as home-slippers!!

Finished cotton-sandals with crocheted Raffia out-soles attached!