These crochet shoes walk the line between “Oh my holy cuteness” and “why in the world would anyone make those”. I’m leaning towards the cute side myself… But if you don’t agree, I get it. Crochet “clothing” is always a bit iffy. But personally I totally adore them and am even thinking of getting a new thread color to make him another pair!!
So I first saw this on Pinterest (of course) and used this pattern from josicroche. The pattern is in Portuguese, but an amazing reader translated it into English so just scroll all the way down. She has step by step pictures as well so it’s a great place to start.
My problem??? I give birth to Hobbits. Truly, their feet don’t even fit onto their birth certificate!!! So when I followed the pattern for the sole it only made it MAYBE 2/3rd up his foot. So I started over. (and of course I didn’t take any pictures of me making it because 1) I was making it up as I went, and 2) I’m holding a sweet baby 24/7- I’m typing this one handed so forgive any mistakes please).
The second problem? The angle of the sides. His feet are not only LONG but skinny and narrow. SO even tied super tight it was still too loose (again- no picture). SO I also had to make up the sides (also make the tounge longer, the lace holes different, etc…) for for me the pattern was a GUIDE, but that was it.
If you like yarn more than thread crochet I saw this converse high top pattern on Ravelry! I REALLY need to update my ravelry page- it’s like over 4 years behind right now! Since I didn’t try this one I can’t tell you if it would fit my little boy or not, but looking at the pictures I’d have to make a lot of the same changes there as well.
step by step instructions for my variation thread crochet super long converse shoes
for pictures please see original design by JosiCroche
Cotton thread in white and your choice of color
Hook 1.25 mm (for the laces)
slip stitch (ss)
single crochet (sc)
single crochet decrease (sc2tog)
half double crochet (hdc)
double crochet (dc)
double crochet decrease (dc2tog)
triple crochet (tc)
the sole- using white thread
Row 1: 1 sc in 2nd chain, and in each of the next 5 chains, 1 hdc in the next 7 chain and 1 dc in the next 6 chain. In the last ch make 9dc. Go back on the other side of the ch, making 1 dc in the next 6 chain, 1 hdc in the next 7 chain and 1 sc in the next 6 chain. In the last ch (where you made the first sc) make 3 sc. Fasten with sl st. Do not turn. (51 stitches)
Row 2: work in circular rows. Ch3 (counts as dc here and throughout), 1 dc in same sc as chain. 1 dc in the next 19 stitches, 2 dc in the next 9 dc, 1 dc in the next 19 stitches, 2 dc in the next 3; sl st on ch3 (64 stitches)
Row 3: ch3, 1 dc in the same dc as chain, 2 dc in next dc, 1 dc in the next 20 stitches, *2 dc in the next dc , 1 dc in the next dc, repeat from * twice, 2 dc in the next 4 dc, *1dc in the next dc, 2 dc in the next dc, repeat from * twice. 1 dc in the next 20 dc, 2 dc in the next 6 dc.; sl st on ch3 (82 stitches)
Row 4: Still using white thread, start making the sides, still circular rows. Ch3 and 1 dc on each stitch. Fasten with sl st. (82 stitches)
Row 5: repeat 4th row. Fasten off (82 stitches)
Row 6: Using red thread make 1sc on each dc. Fasten off with sl st. (82 stitches)
Row 7: Using white thread, make 1sc on each sc. Fasten off with sl st. (82 stitches)
between the 3rd row (sole) and the 4th row (side) make a row of sc on each stitch, to make the sole well defined. Fasten off (82 stitches)
toe top and tongue
Row 1: Front. Using white thread, ch 4 (counts as first dc), then 6 dc in the 4th ch from the hook. (7 stitches)
Row 2: Ch 3 and turn, dc in same dc as the chain, 2 dc in each dc (14 stitches).
Row 3: Ch 3 and turn, *2 dc in the next dc , 1 dc in the next dc, repeat from * once, 2 dc in the next 4 dc, *1dc in the next dc, 2 dc in the next dc, repeat from * once. 1 dc in the last dc, chain 1 and sc across the bottom of the half circle, 13 sc, ss fasten off (22 stitches + 13 stitches across the bottom)
Row 1: Attach your colored thread with a ss to one side of 13 stitches across the bottom. Ch 3 (first dc) and dc in each sc across (13 stitches)
Row 2: Ch 3 and turn (first dc) and dc in each sc across (13 stitches)
Row 3-11: repeat row 2 (13 stitches)
Row 12: ch 1 and turn. sc in first dc and every dc across (13 stitches)
Row 13: repeat row 12, fasten off
attaching the top/tounge
Find the center stitch of the front of the bottom of the shoe, count over 11 stitches and mark. Using a needle and white thread starting on one side of the top/tounge and sew it onto the bottom starting at the stitch you marked. Sew around in every stitch (22) and tie off!
row 1: starting in the same stitch as where the top of the shoe is attached sl to attach, ch 3 (counts as first dc) dc2tog, dc in every sc around the shoe until you get to the last 3 sc (the last one is the same stitch as the other side of the top of the shoe), 2 dc2tog and dc in last stitch. (60 stitches)
row 2: chain 4 (counts as tc here and throughout) and turn, skip next dc and sc in every dc around until you get to the last 2 dc. skip 2nd from last dc and tc in last dc (58 stitches)
row 3: turn, sc2tog (the tc and dc stitches), then sc in every stitch around until the last two and end with a sc2tog (in the last sc and top of chain 4) (56 stitches)
row 4-9: repeat rows 2 and 3 – three times (row 9 – 44 stitches)
row 10: Chain 4 and turn, dc in the next sc and every sc around until the last sc. End with a tc in last sc. (44 stitches)
row 11: repeat row 3 (42 stitches)
row 12 repeat row 10 (42 stitches)
row 13: repeat row 3, ss and tie off (40 stitches)
switch to hook 1.25mm
Ch 191 (an approximation is okay)
sc in second ch and sc in every ch to the end Fasten off (190 stitches).
row 1: ch 4 (counts as ch 1 and first dc), 19 dc in 4th chain from hook. sl
row 2: ch 1, sc in each sc around, close with ss and fasten off
using your colored thread create a star however you think looks best.
Sew the circle onto the outside of each shoe!