Be the mom with the coolest kid or a hit at your next baby shower with these tiny takkies!
You will need
- 1 x 50g Elle Family Knit Classic DK Red (009) A or Fog (005)
- 1 x 50g Elle Family Knit Classic DK White (001) B
- 1 x 3mm crochet hook
- suede for soles
- crochet cotton or strong yarn in matching colour for soles
- small amount of odd wool for markers
SIZE 1: 0-6 months: 9cm
SIZE 2: (6-12 months: 10.5cm)
TENSION: 10dc = 4.5cm and 14 rows = 6cm – Should be firm.
Beg – beginning; ch – chain; cont – continue; dec – decrease; dc – double crochet; ea – each; htr – half treble; inc – increase; rem – remain(ing); ss – slip stich; st(s) – stitch(es); tog – together; tr – treble;
yoh – yarn over hook.
Tr dec: yoh and draw up a loop in each of next 2 sts. Yoh and draw through all loops on hook.
Dc dec: insert hook into dc and draw up loop, insert into second dc and draw op loop yoh and draw through all loops on hook.
2 Dc inc: work 2dc into same dc.
2 Tr inc: work 2tr into the same st.
Ss surface crochet: with right side facing, insert hook at desired place, hold the yarn at the back of work, yoh and pull through to the front. Insert hook through next dc and pull yarn through to right side and directly through previous st on the hook. Cont likewise to end of work.
Soles (Make 2 in A and 2 in B)
1st round: using 3mm hook and A, make 9(11)ch, 2dc into 2nd ch from hook, 1d into next 6(8)dc, 5dc into starting ch.
Cont on other side, make 6(8)dc into next ch sts, 1dc into same place as first 2 dc, ss into 1st dc.
2nd round: 1ch, dc into every dc on previous round, ss into 1st dc – 21(25)dc.
3rd round: 1ch, 2dc into ss, 1dc into next dc, 2dc inc in next dc, 1dc into next 6(8)dc, 2dc inc into next dc, 1dc in next dc, 3dc into next dc, 1dc into next dc, 2dc inc into next dc, 1 dc into ea of next 6(8)dc, 2dc inc into next dc, 1dc into next dc, 1dc into same dc on previous row as first 2 dc, ss into 1st dc.
4th round: same as 2nd round – 32(34)dc.
5th round: 1ch, 2dc into same dc as ss, 1dc in next dc, 2dc inc into next dc, 1dc into next dc, 2dc inc into next dc, 4(4)dc into next 4 dc, 1htr into next dc, 1tr into ea of next 2(3)dc, 2tr inc into next dc, 1tr into next dc, 2tr inc into next dc, 1tr into next dc, work 3tr into next dc, 1tr into next dc, 2tr inc into next dc, 1tr into next dc, 2tr inc into next dc, 1tr into next 2(3)tr, 1htr into next dc, 4(4)dc Into next 4 dc, 2dc inc into next dc, 1dc into next dc, 2dc inc in next dc, 1dc into next dc, 1dc into same place as first 2 dc, ss into first dc.
6th round: as 2nd round.
Fasten off and neaten by working the loose threads into the sole – 43(47)dc.
Toe and tongue (make 2)
Using 3mm hook and B, make 5 ch.
1st row: inc in 2nd ch from hook, 1dc into ea of next 3 ch, inc in last ch – 7(7)dc.
2nd to 6th (7th ) row: inc 1dc at beg and end of the next 5(6) rows – 17(19) dc.
Next row: 1dc into every 17(19)dc of previous row – 7(8) rows completed.
Change to A.
Next row: inc in the first dc, 15(17)dc into the next 15(17) dc, inc into last dc – 19(21)dc.
Next row: 1dc into every dc of previous row.
Next row: 1ch , ss into 2nd dc from hook, 2dc dec into next 2 dc, 13(15) dc, 2dc dec into next 2 dc, 15(17)dc turn.
Next row: cont dec at beg and end of every row until 9(9)sts rem.
Size 2 only:
Next row: 1dc in every dc – 9dc.
Next row: dec at beg and end of every second row until 5dc rem.
Next row: dec at beg and end of row – 3(3)dc rem. Fasten off.
Boot uppers (make 2)
Using 3mm hook and A make 5ch.
1st row: 2dc inc into 2nd ch, 1dc into 3 dc – 5(5)dc.
2nd row: 1ch, 4dc into 4 dc of previous row, 2dc inc in last dc – 6(6) dc.
Next row: cont in dc, inc in every row at the same end until there are 9(10) dc.
Next row: work 15(16) rows on these 9(10) dc without inc.
Next row: 1ch, 3dc in next 3 dc, 3(4)tr in next 3(4) tr, 3dc in next 3 dc.
Place marker on this row for middle heel.
Next row: work 15(16) rows of dc in these 9(10) dc.
Next row: dec at decrease side in every row until 4(4) dc rem. Fasten off.
Using a 3mm hook and B make 100ch.
Work in loose threads and thread the laces through the dc sts at the front end. Make a knot eat each end.
TO MAKE UP
With wrong sides facing, use one yarn A sole and one yarn B sole and match toes and heels. Using yarn A and the uppermost part of the yarn A sole, start at the heels and ss surface crochet soles together, catching only the inner dc loops of the last rows of both soles, and not the outer loops.
Cut suede or any nonslip material according to the shape of the soles (you can trace them on the material). Pin the suede soles to the yarn A side of each sole, matching toes and heels. Sew tog with matching colour crochet cotton or any strong yarn. Make sure your yarn is long enough to finish two rows of stitching around sole. Work a single stitch in every 2nd dc. (In one dc from back to front, in at the next dc and out at the other side, so that there’s a gap between stitches). When you reach the heel again, turn and begin filling in the gaps so that the stitching resembles machine stitching.
Make sure not to catch the outer loop of the dc on the last row on soles.
When finished, fasten off and sew in all loose threads.
Place pins or wool markers at the tip of toe and heel. Count 5 dc to the right of toe marker and put marker there, count 5 dc to left of toe marker and place marker there. Count 3 dc at both sides from side marker and put markers at each side. Pin the place where yarns A and B meet at the last markers and sew onto sole with yarn B. Make sure not to catch the yarn A’s loop, and only the inner loop with yarn B. Ease the toe part slightly to fit from marker to marker, if necessary.
Pin upper parts to sneaker, matching heel markers and the beg and end rows to the first side markers nearest to the toe marker. (Upper part must overlap the toe part at the sides). Use yarn A and a fine slipstitch, work upper part to soles, catching the inner loop of the last row of dc on the yarn A sole. Pin the rounding of the upper part onto the contrast part up to where the two colours meet. Sew the front rounding with yarn A and fine slip stitch up to where the colours meet, leaving the tongue free.
With yarn B, and sole facing you, insert hook through the outer loop at the heel marker and make dc sts in every outer loop of the last row of dc on sole, ending with 1 dc into the same dc as the first dc. Ss into 1st dc-43(47)dc. Work another 2 rows of dc on these 43(47)dc. Fasten off, leaving length of wool long enough to sew contrast rows round the sneaker, leaving the impression of a thick sole. Using four threads of black embroidery cotton, sew on a border between the base of the bootie and the body.
Magazine issue date: June, 2014