Adult Crochet Gladiator Flip Flop Sandals

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I love flip flops, I even wear them in the winter (in Northern Ontario).  They are just so perfect to slip on and go, not having to worry about socks.  But a few years ago, I got a new car, and its standard.  I really struggle to drive standard with flip flops on, so this is my solution!  With the better coverage and the ties in the back, the sandals stay on my feet better and make driving easier.  They are the perfect mix of quick, easy and comfort.  I hope you enjoy this pattern.

Materials

  • flips flops – I purchased mine at Old Navy
  • Bernat Handicrafter (Lily Sugar and Cream, Peaches and Cream) cotton yarn, or any worsted weight yarn
    • 1 ball 42 g will make 1 pair of sandals
  • 5 mm (H/8) crochet hook
  • fringe twister (optional)
  • tapestry needle

Abbreviations – US crochet terms

  • st. – stitch
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • ch – chain
  • sk – skip
  • sc – single crochet
  • standing sc – standing single crochet – start with a slip knot on your hook, insert your hook into the stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through both loops
  • dc – double crochet
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • dc dec – yarn over and insert your hook into the first st, yarn over and pull up a loop. Yarn over and pull through 2 loops. Yarn over again and insert hook into second st. Yarn over and pull up a loop. Yarn over and pull through 2 loops, yarn over and pull through all loops.
  • hdc dec – yarn over and insert your hook into the first st, yarn over and pull up a loop. Yarn over again and insert hook into second st. Yarn over and pull up a loop. Yarn over and pull through all loops.
  • sc dec – insert hook into first st, yarn over and pull through, insert hook into second st, yarn over and pull through, yarn over and pull through all loops

Gauge:

14 st = 10 cm,

10 pattern rows = 10 cm

Gauge Pattern – ch 26, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc across

Row 1: ch 4 (counts as dc, ch 1), sk 1 st, dc in next

  • (ch 1, sk 1 st, dc in next st) repeat across

Row 2: ch 1, turn, sc across

Repeat rows 1 and 2 until you have 14 rows. Measure from a dc row to a sc row.

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Sandal Pattern

This pattern was tested on size 7 and 8 ladies flip flops.  This pattern can be applied to larger or smaller sandals, just make sure the first row of sc covers the flip flops evenly.

If you are making these for yourself, or someone you have access to, try your sandals on every few rows to make sure you have a good fit. Adjust your tension accordingly. If you need to add or remove stitches, feel free to do so, just make sure you do it evenly on both sides.

Start on the right hand side of the flip flop, the front of your stitches will be on the inside of the sandal.

For row 1, make sure you are working as tightly as possible to keep your stitches even and have them cover the flip flop evenly.

Row 1: start with a standing sc, 35 sc along the first side, skip the toe prong in the middle and 36 sc along the other side. (72 sc)

Row 2: ch 3 (counts as dc here and through out pattern) turn, and 2 dc into same st

  • dc dec 5 times
  • dc in next 3 st
  • hdc dec 4 times
  • hdc in next 4 st
  • sc dec 3 times
  • skip 8 stitches (4 on each side) – 22 st

Working up the other side of the flip-flop

  • sc dec 3 times
  • hdc in next 4 st
  • hdc dec 4 times
  • dc in next 3 st
  • dc dec 5 times
  • 3 dc in final st- 22 st

Row 3: ch 1, turn, 3 sc into first st

  • sc in next st
  • ch 1, sk 2 st, sc in next 5 st
  • (ch 1, sk 2 st, sc) repeat 3 times (12 sc and 4 ch 1 spaces per side)
  • skip 8 stitches (4 on each side)
  • sc, (ch 1, sk 2 st, sc) repeat 3 times
  • sc in the next 4 st
  • ch 1, sk 2 st, sc in next st
  • 3 sc in the final st (12 sc and 4 ch 1 spaces per side)

Row 4: ch 4 (counts as dc, ch 1), turn, sk 1 st, dc in next st

  • (ch 1, sk 1 st, dc in next st) repeat 6 times
  • ch 2, sk 2 st, dc in next
  • (ch 1, sk 1 st, dc in next st) repeat 7 times  (16 dc, 14 ch 1 sp, 1 ch 2 sp)

Row 5: ch 1, turn, sc in each st and ch space, 2 sc in the ch 2 space. Continue to sc down the other side (32 sc)

Row 6: ch 3, turn, sk 1 st, dc in next st

  • (ch 1, sk 1 st, dc in next st) repeat 6 times
  • ch 1, sk 2 st, dc in next
  • (ch 1, sk 1 st, dc in next st) repeat 6 times
  • sk 1 st and dc in the last st (16 dc, 13 ch 1 sp)

Row 7: ch 1, turn, sc in each st and ch (29 sc)

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Row 8: ch 3, turn, sk 1 st, dc in next st

  • (ch 1, sk 1 st, dc in next st) repeat 12 times
  • sk 1 st and dc in the last st (15 dc, 12 ch 1 sp)

Row 9: ch 1, turn, sc in each st and ch (27 sc)

Row 10: ch 3, turn, sk 1 st, dc in next st

  • (ch 1, sk 1 st, dc in next st) repeat 11 times
  • sk 1 st and dc in the last st (14 dc, 11 ch 1 sp)

Row 11:ch 1, turn, sc in each st and ch (25 sc)

Row 12: ch 1, turn, sc in each st (25 sc)

Do not cut your yarn, we will turn our sandal and work down the edge.

Edging

start with a ch 4 and sc in the side of the next st
continue to with (3 sc down the side, ch 4)

  • repeat 4 times

1 sc in the edge, sl st, and cut your yarn

Attach yarn with a sl st to the top of the other edge and repeat the steps above.

Weave in all of your ends once you are done.

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Tie Cord

You have 2 options for the tie cord, you can just chain the desired length (about 40”) and lace up your sandals, or you can make a twisted cord. To make the cord, take two lengths of yarn, about 40” long, tie one end together. Twist each strand (according to the natural twist) until they start to curl on themselves. I use a fringe twister, but you can do this by hand. Tie the other end together and let the strands twist together. Lace the back of your sandals up and you are ready to go!

 

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