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« on: November 06, 2008 06:10:32 PM »

This is how I turned some old crocs into these nifty crochet boots.



Here's the shoe I started with.  Pretty worn out.


First, I used a measuring tape to mark every centimeter or so around the shoe:


I cut off the top of the shoe with a pair of small scissors.  There's a line on the shoes that you can follow that divides the sole from the rest of the shoe. Then I put a pin in each of my marks around the circumfrence so that I could more clearly see where my marks were.  This allowed me to double-check that my marks were all fairly evenly spaced.



Using an awl, I poked a hole through the rubber at each pin.  You can use a nail or a screw or some similar poking device if you don't have an awl:


Using a metal crochet hook, I slip stitched my yarn into the sole.


After I had the slip stitches in place, I continued to crochet in the round, using single crochets to build the foot part of my boot.  I sort of just finessed the decreases I needed as I went along.  Once I got to my ankle, I started increasing again, and used a series of back post/ front post crochets to make the pattern on the shin part of the boot... but really you could do anything you wanted, just crocheting in the round until the boots are the height you want.

And tada!

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« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2008 06:40:23 PM »

Very cute idea! I might have to try something similar. How much yarn did you use? Was it worsted weight?
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« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2008 06:41:24 PM »

these are so cool! thanks for the idea!
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« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2008 07:21:35 PM »

that's brilliant Smiley great job
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« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2008 02:07:09 AM »

Wow, these boots look great! And the tutorial is super instructive. I had this "aha!"-moment when I realized you crocheted right onto the sole. I love things that are done in one piece.
What kind of outfit are you wearing this boots with?
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« Reply #5 on: November 07, 2008 03:23:40 AM »

Oh wow, those look so great! Thanks for posting the tutorial too, this is something I may have to try out for myself.
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« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2008 03:35:15 AM »

Brilliant!  They'd make good slippers, too.

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« Reply #7 on: November 07, 2008 05:28:32 AM »

oh my gosh!  I love this, this is so cool!!  Thanks for the tutorial!
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« Reply #8 on: November 07, 2008 08:10:01 AM »

Very cute idea! I might have to try something similar. How much yarn did you use? Was it worsted weight?

I'm sorry, but I don't know how much yarn I used.   I don't know what weight it is either.  I used that cotton yarn that people use to make wash cloths.  (I like cotton becuase it's warm, but it won't make my feet sweat like a synthetic yarn.) I doubled-up and crocheted two threads.  Sorry, I'm more of a fly-by-the-seat of her pants crafter...
I just pick yarn I like, find a hook that I think will work and go for it - I don't pay any mind to technical mumbo-jumbo. 

Wow, these boots look great! And the tutorial is super instructive. I had this "aha!"-moment when I realized you crocheted right onto the sole. I love things that are done in one piece.
What kind of outfit are you wearing this boots with?

Thanks!   I just wear them under jeans.  I supposed they'd look pretty cute over opaque leggings too.  I wear them mostly as slippers, or when I'm just running back and forth to the car.
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« Reply #9 on: November 07, 2008 08:57:31 AM »

I love cotton. It's pretty much the only thing I can wear. The boots remind me of some sock moccasins that were popular when I as a kid. They were basically a sock with pleather sewn to the bottom, good for in the house.
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