Child Size Crochet Gladiator Flip Flop Sandals

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The pair of sandals shown are size 3-4. I used black cotton, and alternated in bright colors on the HDC rows (rows 4, 6, 8 and 10). If you choose to use a solid color, 1 ball is enough for both sandals. If you want to change colors, you will only need small amounts of yarn for each row.

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 42 g ball will make 1 pair of sandals
    • I used Bernat Handicrafter in black for the main color, and small amounts of hot pink, tangerine, blueberry and lavender for the accents. I also used the accent colors for the ties.
  • 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 – double crochet decrease – 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 – half double crochet decrease – 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 – single crochet decrease – 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.

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.

Sandal Pattern

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, 27 sc along the first side, skip the toe prong in the middle and 28 sc along the other side. (56 sc)

Row 2:

ch 1, turn, and 3 hdc into same st

  • hdc dec 5 times
  • hdc in next 5 st
  • sc dec 4 times
  • skip 8 stitches (4 on each side) – 17 sts

Working up the other side of the flip-flop

  • sc dec 4 times
  • hdc in next 5 st
  • hdc dec 5 times
  • 3 hdc in final st – 17 sts

 

Row 3: ch 1, turn, 2 sc into first st

  • sc in next st
  • (ch 1, sk 2 st, sc in next st) repeat 4 times
  • sc in next st(7 sc and 4 ch 1 spaces per side)
  • skip 4 stitches (2 on each side)
  • sc in next 2 st
  • (ch 1, sk 2 st, sc) repeat 4 times
  • 3 sc in the final st (7 sc and 4 ch 1 spaces per side)

Row 4: ch 3 (counts as hdc, ch 1 here are throughout pattern), turn, hdc in next st

  • (ch 1, sk 1 st, hdc in next st) repeat 4 times
  • ch 3, sk 4 st, hdc in next st
  • (ch 1, sk 1 st, hdc in next st) repeat 4 times
  • ch 1, hdc in next st (12 hdc, 10 ch 1 sp, 1 ch 3 sp)

Row 5: ch 1, turn, sc in each st and ch space, 3 sc in the ch 3 space. Continue to sc down the other side (25 sc)

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

  • (ch 1, sk 1 st, hdc in next st) repeat to the end (13 hdc, 12 ch 1 sp)

Row 7: ch 1, turn, sc in each st and ch (25 sc)

Row 8: repeat row 6

Row 9: repeat row 7

Row 10: repeat row 6

Row 11: repeat row 7

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 3 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.

Tie Cord

You have 2 options for the tie cord, you can just chain the desired length (about 30”) and lace up your sandals, or you can make a twisted cord. To make the cord, take two lengths of yarn, about 30” 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!

I was informed that tying sandals in the back would be difficult for pre-teen kids to do on their own, so you could always make the ties 10-15″ longer so the strings can be brought to the front for tying.  I will also have an option for a button strap in my toddler pattern coming soon.  If you have any other ideas or concerns, let me know!