Toddler Crochet Gladiator Flip Flop Sandals

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Adult size sandal pattern is available here.

Child size sandal pattern is available here.

The pair of sandals shown are size 8-9. 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 42g ball will make 1 pair of sandals
    • I used Bernat Handicrafter – Love for this pair
  • 5 mm (H/8) crochet hook
  • fringe twister (optional)
  • tapestry needle
  • 2 buttons – 1/2”, or 13 mm

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
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • 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.

If you are making these for 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, 21 sc along the first side, skip the toe prong in the middle and 22 sc along the other side. (44 sc)

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

  • (ch 1, sk 2 st, sc in next st) repeat 6 times
  • ch 1, skip 6 stitches (3 on each side), sc in next st
  • (ch 1, sk 2 st, sc) repeat 5 times
  • ch 1, sk 2 st, 2 sc in the final st (16 sc and 13 ch 1 spaces)

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

  • (ch 1, sk 1 st, hdc in next st) repeat 5 times
  • sk 3 st, hdc in next ch 1
  • (ch 1, sk 1 st, hdc in next st) repeat 5 times ( 14 hdc, 12 ch 1 sp)

Row 4: ch 1, turn, sk 1st st, sc in next 23 st and ch space. (24 sc)

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Row 5: ch 3, turn, sk 2 st, hdc in next st

  • (ch 1, sk 1 st, hdc in next st) repeat 10 times (11 hdc, 10 ch 1 sp)

Row 6: ch 1, turn, sk 1st st, sc in next 20 st and ch space. (21 sc)

Row 7: ch 3, turn, sk 1 st, hdc in next st

  • (ch 1, sk 1 st, hdc in next st) repeat 9 times (11 hdc, 10 ch 1 sp)

Row 8-9: ch 1, turn, sc in each st (21 sc)

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

Edging

Option 1 – for tie up sandals

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 2 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.

Option 2 – for button up sandals

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  • approximately 6.25” ankle circumference. For larger or smaller sizes add or remove rows to get the proper fit.

row 1: ch 1 and 4 sc down the side of the sandal (4 sc)

row 2-5: ch1, turn, sc in each st (4 sc)

cut your yarn

attach your chosen to button to this strap

attach your yarn to the other side

row 1: ch 1 and 4 sc down the side of the sandal (4 sc)

row 2-4: ch1, turn, sc in each st (4 sc)

row 5: ch 1, turn 1 sc, ch 2, sk 2 st, sc in last st (2 sc, 1 ch 2)

  • this is your button hole, make sure your chosen button fits securely

row 6: ch 1, turn, sc in 1st st, 2 sc in ch 2, sc in last st (4 sc)

row 7: ch 1, turn, sc dec twice (2 sc)

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Tie Cord

You have 2 options for the tie cord, you can just chain the desired length (about 25”) and lace up your sandals, or you can make a twisted cord. To make the cord, take two lengths of yarn, about 25” 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!