Boots for the house!
This is a very fun project to undertake!
*note, spider applique pattern NOT mine, link to Spider Mambo on Ravelry under “embellishments”
Crochet slipper boots have been a popular trend on social media the past few months so I wasn’t surprised a friend asked me to make her a pair. Of course, she wanted some that were a little different and not so plain.
It took forever to find all the “right” components to make a boot that I wouldn’t mind slapping my name on. Granted, they’re not completely off-the-charts insane, but they’re just fun enough to possibly be a conversation starter. They definitely catch the eye!
I was trying for a Doc Martin look and while some folks see that, most think they’re a play on Converse slippers. Okay, either way, they’re neat. 🙂
Not the best picture, but you see the boots without any added decorations.
The pattern is simple, in theory. It’s the color changes and keeping tension consistent that presents a challenge and led to my decision to classify this as an intermediate/advanced pattern. Since you’re holding 2 strands of each color together, during the color changes you are working 4 strands at a time and that can easily become frustrating if you’re not very comfortable with a hook.
I tried to anticipate many issues that could arise while making the boots but obviously I can’t foresee everything. If you have a problem, please comment and I will respond as soon as I see it. I’ve had several people make the pattern and each of them had varying degrees of difficulty.
Be sure to check your measurements while working on your second boot. You might want to try making both at the same time just so you can keep everything even. I do this often when making shoes or anything else that much be done in pairs.
Punky Slipper Booties (adult)
By Regina S. Graham
Skill level: late intermediate/early advanced
Please read through entire pattern before beginning. There are lots of notes and directions that need to be taken into consideration while working which may affect your progress later on in the project.
Please note: To drop one color and pick up another color, hold all final loops of last stitch on hook, with new color YO and draw through loops on hook.
Additional notes on color changes: The stitches for the tongue (round 16 of boot pattern) will line up with the center of the toe depending on how well you change colors for the toe. Tension is very important with the color changes and will change the remaining look of the pattern if it is off from one boot to the other.
Notes on size: One of my pattern testers made the pattern as written with an H/5mm hook and the resulting boot was a woman’s size 6-7 (US). If you’d like to try this to get a size 8, I would assume an I/5.5mm hook would suffice with the written pattern. I will add other sizes at a later date.
Finished size is in women’s US size, about 10 inches long x 4 inches wide
Black (A) –2 strands worsted weight yarn are held together, 4 skeins of Super Saver or balls of Love (it’s softer and thicker) so you can hold 1 strand from each of the 2 skeins at one time
Purple (B), 1 skein of about 300 yards, wind half into a separate ball for holding 2 strands together
White (C), scrap yarn is fine here
J/6mm hook, for boot
H/5mm hook, for laces, skull, and bow
Boot Pattern (Large/9), make 2
Round 1: 2 hdc in 3rd ch from hook, 2 hdc in next st, 1 hdc in each of next 10 sts, 1 dc in each of next 5 sts, 6 dc in next st, 1 dc in each of next 5 sts, 1 hdc in each of next 10 sts, 2 hdc in each of next 2 sts, sl st to 1st hdc to join (44)
Round 2: ch 1, 2 sc in same st, 1 sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in each of next 12 sts, 1 hdc in each of next 4 sts, 2 hdc in each of next 6 sts, 1 hdc in each of next 4 sts, 1 sc in each of next 12 sts, 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, sl st to 1st sc to join (54)
Round 3: ch 1, 1 sc in same st, 1 sc in each of next 20 sts, 2 hdc in next st, 1 hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st, 1 hdc in next st, 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next st, 2 hdc in next st, 1 hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st, 1 hdc in next st, 1 sc in each of next 21 sts, sl st to 1st sc to join (60)
Round 4: ch 2, working in BLO 1 hdc in same st, 1 hdc in each st around, sl st to 1st hdc to join (60)
*You will need to get your 2 strands of color B ready for the next few rounds.
Round 5: ch 2, hdc2tog in same st and next st, 1 hdc in next st, hdc2tog, 1 hdc in each of next 16 sts, drop A and pick up B, dc2tog 12 times, drop B and pick up A, 1 hdc in each of next 15 sts, sl st to hdc2tog to join (46)
Round 6: ch 2, 1 hdc in same st, 1 hdc in each of next 18 sts, drop A and pick up B, dc2tog 6 times, drop B and pick up A, 1 hdc in each of next 15 sts, sl st to 1st hdc to join (40)
Round 7: ch 2, 1 hdc in same st, 1 hdc in each of next 18 sts, drop A and pick up B, dc2tog 3 times, drop B and pick up A, 1 hdc in each of next 15 sts, sl st to 1st hdc to join (37)
*You may now cut B, continue working with A for remainder of boot.
Round 7: ch 2, 1 hdc in same st, 1 hdc in each of next 17 sts, dc2tog 3 times, 1 hdc in each of next 13 sts, sl st to 1st hdc to join (34)
Round 8: ch 2, 1 hdc in same st, 1 hdc in each of next 16 sts, dc2tog 3 times, 1 hdc in each of next 11 sts, sl st to 1st hdc to join (31)
Round 9: ch 2, 1 hdc in same st, 1 hdc in each of next 17 sts, dc2tog 1 time, 1 hdc in each of next 11 sts, sl st to 1st hdc to join (30)
Rounds 10-15: ch 2, 1 hdc in same st, 1 hdc in each st around, sl st to 1st hdc to join (30)
*The taller stitches in the center of Round 16 create the tongue of the boot.
Round 16: ch 2, 1 hdc in same st, 1 hdc in each of next 19 sts, 2 dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, 2 tc in each of next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, 1 hdc in each of next 6 sts, sl st to 1st hdc to join (34)
Finish off ends
Faux lace flaps, make 4:
With K hook and 2 strands of black (A) held together, chain 22
Row 1: 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook, 1 dc in each st across
Cut yarn and leave long tail for sewing.
Sew flaps to boots, lining them up from outside edge of purple to outside edge of “tongue” stitches. *Optional: you can use safety pins to hold in place to make sewing easier.
Alternatively, you can surface crochet the flaps directly to the boot being careful to keep your stitches in line from the side of the toe to the side of the tongue.
Finish off all ends
With H hook and one strand of white (C), chain 150
Tie slip knots on each end and trim yarn to ½” on each end (recommended to do this after you try them on with laces in case they need to be made longer)
Weave laces through flaps, using tops of each dc stitch, I skipped 2-3 stitches between each lacing
Try on your new boots! If they are a little loose around the leg, try lacing closer together. If they’re big, add some space between lacing.
Finished boots at this point:
Embellishments (optional, pictured at left with Spider Mambo skull applique):
For the skull I used an existing pattern from Spider Mambo. The pattern was tricky but with the help of the pictures it wasn’t hard. Definitely take your time the first time through and remember where you put your stitches. Be mindful of where you place the treble crochet stitches for the “forehead” of the skull. Also, counting your final single crochet stitches around the edge of the skull will help keep things symmetrical. It’s a great looking skull pattern! The best I’ve found. Many thanks to Spider Mambo for sharing it.
Using H/5mm hook and color C
Round 1: ch 4, in 3rd ch from hook [3 tc, ch 3, sl st] twice`
For the “studs” I used these scrapbooking self-stick gems from Micheal’s that I hot glued to the lace edges, right under where the laces pass through.
I used these buttons from Hobby Lobby.