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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Barefoot Sandals: A Vague Tutorial

Yes, they are completely impractical, and yet I wanted some. And I was even willing to shell out $1.25 for a new crochet hook in order to make them. 

You'll need a size B/1-2.25 mm crochet hook, some leftover washers from your husband's stash,

and this cotton stuff that your great grandmother used to crochet her doilies.

Since you may not have the same size feet, yarn, crochet hook, or washers, I will give you the general directions, and you just make it fit your situation. You don't have to count stitches. I find that freeing!

I used three different sized washers, but like I said, make this your own and use what you have.

If the hole on any of your washers is only 4 mm like one of mine was, then add a single stitch chain after every second stitch. If you don't, you won't room for all of the stitches and your circle won't lay flat. 

Like this.

Before I give you the directions, I will do my best to show how to crochet into a washer. In the pictures, I was doing the double crochet on the middle ring, but you do the triple and single crochet in the same way. 

First, wrap your yarn around the crochet hook, then put the hook through the hole in the washer.

Wrap the yarn around your hook. 

Pull it through. 

Finish your stitch like normal. 

Do the second stitch in the double crochet. 

Finish up. The first stitch in each washer is awkward, but the rest get easier. 

Now that you've got that, here are the directions.

Chain until you have about 20 inches. (Now, isn't that easier than counting maybe 212 stitches?)
Triple crochet around half of your largest washer. 
Chain 1 stitch. 
Double crochet around half of your medium washer. 
Chain one. 
Single crochet around half of your smallest washer. 

It should look like this:

Chain stitch until you have enough chain to comfortably wrap around your second toe. Don't make it tight. 
Bring your chain to the smallest washer and single crochet into the last stitch there.
Single crochet around the second half of the smallest washer. Fit in as many stitches in as you can.
Single crochet one stitch into the chain that connects to the next washer.
Double crochet around the second half of the medium washer.
Single crochet one stitch into the chain that connects to the next washer.
Triple crochet around the second half of the large washer.
Single crochet one stitch at the base of your first chain.
Chain another 20 inches.
You're done!
Just kidding, you have to make two.

Now you have a set of completely useless toe jewelry, and you will probably be looking for reasons to go outside barefoot.

I painted my toenails just for this picture. It was time. They weren't presentable.

The one on the left is the rough draft, and I learned a few things while making that one that I incorporated into the directions above and the final draft that you see on the right. If I don't get too lazy, I will take it apart and redo it.

These will look better on you because you have a tan and daintier ankles.

I hope the directions were clear. Let me know if you have any problems or questions. 

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