Friday, December 27, 2013

FREE CROCHET PATTERN: Easy and FAST Toddler "Cotton Candy" Slipper Tutorial

These cute tootsies belong to my daughter, sporting her new Cotton Candy Slippers! I accidentally made the first pair too small, so ended up with sizing for toddler girls both 4/5 and 6/7.

Download a PDF to print from Ravelry HERE.



They have a ribbon on the top, so if they are a little big they should still stay on just fine :) I'm not going to guess ages that correspond with the length, since all kids in that "toddler" zone are so different, so please measure.

Materials/Pattern Notes:
  • Final measurements: 5 or 6 inches
  • Substitute the ribbon for a long chain of yarn for a cute tie if you don't have any ribbon handy
  • Worked in the round to begin with, and I begin each round with a ch 2 that I then skip over and don't include in stitch counts. This prevents a dramatic seams and gaps. For every round, your first stitch will be the ch 2 PLUS the beginning dc, and when you ss to join, SKIP OVER the ch 2 and join to the top of the dc. I will only write this out in the first round. 
  • SS to join at the end of each round
  • Hooks: 
    • for 6" (size 6/7) start with a 5.5 mm, then you'll need a 5 mm for edging
    • for 5" (size 4/5) use a 5 mm
  • Yarn: I used RHSS in BonBon with RHSS Pretty in Pink for the tops/pom. Very little is needed, maybe 1/8 skein
  • 1/2" ribbon, mine was lavender single faced satin, about 3-4 feet (1 yard-ish)   
  • Abbreviations: MR= magic ring, dc = double crochet, ch = chain, st = stitch, hdc = half double crochet, sk = skip
  • US crochet terms used
  • "regular" tension used, I'm a medium hooker
Slipper Pattern (make 2):
*For 5" length start with 5mm hook
*For 6" length start with 5.5 hook 
*Use RHSS BonBon yarn

*Round 1: MR, ch 2, dc 7 into ring, skip ch 2 and ss join to beginning dc (7)

*Round 2: 2 dc in each around (14)

After Round 2

*Round 3: *2 dc, dc* around (22)

*Round 4: dc around (22)

*Round 5: dc around (22)

After Round 5

*Round 6: ch 2, dc in same, dc next 14 (15), TURN

After Round 7

*For 5" size, repeat Round 6 for Rounds 7-11 (measure to make sure you have the right length), ss and tie off, weave in ends

*For 6" size, repeat Round 6 for Rounds 7-12 (measure to make sure you have the right length), ss and tie off, weave in ends


*Take ends of the back of the heel, flip to wrong side, and sew (see pic below). Flip to correct side, and you are done with the main body of the slipper.



Edging/Tops (do on each)
*Switch to Pink, and for both sizes use a 5mm hook 
*I don't have stitch counts for this portion. You are edging, and along the sides may have to "wing it" with where to place your stitch. Try to evenly space your stitches and not leave any gaps.  

*Round 1: Toe facing away, join pink in top right corner


*Round 2: Ch 1, hdc in same, and hdc across the top of the slipper in the back loops only (this should be 7 st, but it's ok if you are off a stitch or two), continue hdc around the top of the slipper and over the seamed heel, ss to join into first hdc

*Round 3: Ch 3, sk 1, *dc, ch 1, sk 1, dc* around (this is the lattice stitch). At the end of the round, you may need to do this all in one stitch - and that's ok! It won't change your final look/measurement at all.  Ch 1 and ss to join in the 2nd st of the beginning ch.



*Round 4: ch 2, 2 dc in next ch space, and 2 dc in each ch space around, ss to join and tie off.


POM POMS (make 2)
*I used a 2" piece of cardboard and wrapped the yarn 45 times. I then threaded a separate piece of the yarn though, slipped it off and tied it TIGHT. That's the important part - you really want this tied tight so little yarn pieces aren't trailing behind the child wearing these!

*Cut the loops on both ends of the pom, and then cut to shape. Here is a great tutorial I found on Pinterest if you need more pom making help (much fancier than my way!).

*Thread your ribbon or chained yarn through every other loop of Edging Round 3

*Sew on pom poms







THAT'S IT! Super fast, easy to customize, and I bet you could increase or decrease hook size and the length of the slipper to easily figure out other sizes. I just plain don't have time right now - but if you do, please share in the comments!  

Happy Hooking and Happy New Year!
--Claire
(Leave corrections/questions in the comments please!)

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