MAKE magazine had some cool links about crocheting big tote bags with old grocery bags (check out http://www.marloscrochetcorner.com/round%20plastic%20bag%20tote.html
), and since I just learned to crochet, and I'm
too cheap for yarn
a college student, I started two different totes. Unfortunately, I ran out of the colors I wanted to use, and unwilling to wait for grocery day to get some more, I decided to do something small in one of the other colors I had. Since today was one of the first warm, *beautiful* days of the year, I figured I needed some sandals, so I whipped these up:
I just improvised the pattern, but I think they came out all right! I have *no* idea how useful they will actually be as shoes (or more like sandal-slippers, really) but I'll see how they hold up outside. They seem fairly sturdy, though I'm really wondering if they'll melt on hot pavement. Guess I'll find out!Tute!
I really just winged it, but hopefully I can explain the basics well enough. I made my yarn according to these instructions: http://www.marloscrochetcorner.com/bag%20cutting%20instructions.html
using strips about 2 inches wide. Then, for my foot, size 7 1/2, I chained 14 loose stitches on a size K hook. I started by doing scs in the first half of the stitches, then I did hdcs for the next half. In the last stitch, I crocheted 5 or 6 hdcs to start making the round toe. Then, I continued around and stitched into the the backs of the chains, using hdcs in the first half of the stitches, and scs in the second half. This is to make the front part of the shoe is a bit wider than the heel. I continued with that general pattern in a spiral, increasing stitches a few times around the curves, enough to make it lie pretty flat. In the final ring, I used mostly scs, except for hdcs around the heel and around the big toe to make them a bit larger (note: I also tried making these with dcs, which shaped them nicely, but the material ended up a bit too open and floppy.) I ended my spirals after going around the toes, so I think up toward the top of my foot it was 8 rows wide, and toward the heel only 7 (and I mean rows of crochet, not spirals--so I think it was 3.5 times all the way around? I have fairly narrow feet, so you may need to adjust that.) Of course, for the left and right foot, you need to slightly change the positioning of the hdcs and scs, so that the big toe is in the right place.
For the front strap, I finished my spiral in just about the right place, so I began a strip across that was 2 stitches wide, then connected it to the other side when it was the right length to fit my foot. I did the same for the other straps. I never actually cut my yarn, I just made flat stitches around the edge of the shoe until I was in the right place. The rear strap was 7 stitches behind the front strap on the inside of the foot, and 5 stitches behind on the outside (the front strap is at a diagonal to match my toes). I started the heel strap on the second row up on the rear strap, which let it rest just below my ankle bone. For my feet, the front strap was 9 rows long, the rear strap was 13 rows, and the heel strap was 10 rows, but you can just fit it to your own feet. I made the straps a bit tight so that they would fit well after natural stretching.
Oh, and each shoe took between 10 and 15 bags to complete. I forget exactly how many, but the nice thing about the bag yarn is that you can always easily add more.
So, does that make any sense at all? If not, I can try to start another pair and write an actual pattern, but I expect it'll require a lot of altering anyway, just because we all have such different feet! If any (or all?) of that was confusing, feel free to ask questions. I know basically nill about crochet, so if I can do it, so can you! Good luck! I'd love to see them if you make a pair