I have been wanting a new slipper for a while. I kept putting it off because I couldn’t think of anything that didn’t start exactly like my Mary Janes. I knew I wanted something bold, but timeless.
I had the idea for a wrap shoe, but I was stuck on the same sort of construction as the Mary Janes (from the toe to heel). I knew FOR SURE I wanted something that was crocheted in one piece.
I picked up some yarn and started with the toe and made some interesting shaping, but once I got to the sole I realized it was way too similar to the MJs. I frogged it and started over.
This time, I started at the heel! Working back and forth across some stitches, I shaped the heel a bit, then crocheted a sole for a few more rows. When I got toward the toe, the fun began! Using a combination of increases and eventually some decreases, I ended up shaping a wrapped toe.
I wasn’t in love. There is my confession. It looked OK after I seamed it up, but I was kind of meh about it. I thought about it for a day and then started another pair. After I finished the first, I made the quick decision to seam up the second one with the wrap going in the opposite direction. Aha! That’s what was missing.
I was in love.
Check out the pattern below. I’ve even included some photos to help guide you during the assembly. Truly, it’s the only tricky part. I would suggest crocheting both slippers first, then sitting down to assemble them. I used Vanna’s Choice because it comes in such a great assortment of colors and tends to hold up really well.
Let me know what you think! Add your project to the Ravelry page so I can see your slippers!
MC— 2 oz (100 yards) Vanna’s Choice yarn (100% acrylic, worsted weight; 3.5 oz/100 g—170 yards per skein) in “Colonial Blue”
CC– less than 1 oz Vanna’s Choice yarn in “Linen”
5mm (US H-8) hook
safety pin or other removable marker
Common U.S. terminology used in this pattern.
DC: double crochet
SC: single crochet
DC2tog: double crochet 2 together
DC3tog: double crochet 3 together
RS: right side
Beg Ch 3 of rows = 1 DC; DC last stitch into top of beg Ch 3 of previous row.
15 DC x 8 rows = 4″ with 5mm hook
9″ un-stretched, to fit shoe sizes 8-10. Fabric is very stretchy and will accommodate a variety of sizes. To make a smaller size, crochet less rows for the sole and make a few SC decreases when you work the border.
PATTERN (make 2)
Pattern is worked from the back of the heel up to the toe.
Leaving 12″ tail, Ch 18.
Row 1: DC in 4th Ch from hook, DC in next 5 ch, 2 DC in next 2 ch, DC to end. Ch 3, turn. (18)
Row 2: Sk first DC, DC in next 7 sts, 2 DC in next 2 sts, DC to end. Ch 3, turn. (20)
Row 3: Sk first DC, DC in next 8 sts, 2 DC in next 2 sts, DC to end. Ch 3, turn. (22)
Row 4: Sk first DC, DC across. Ch 3, turn. (22)
Row 5: Sk first DC, DC2tog, DC to last 3 sts, DC2tog, DC in last st [last st = ch 3 of prev row]. (20)
Row 6: Sk first DC, DC across. Ch 3, turn. (20)
Row 7-12: Rep Row 6.
Row 13: DC in first st, 2 DC in next st, DC to last 2 sts, 2 DC in each rem sts. Ch 3, turn. (24)
Row 14-15: Rep Row 13. (32 sts after Row 15)
Row 16: DC in first st, 2 DC in next st, DC in next 8 sts, DC2tog 6 times, DC in next 8 sts, 2 DC in rem 2 sts. Ch 3, turn. (30)
Row 17: DC in first st, 2 DC in next st, DC in next 6 sts, DC 2tog 7 times, DC in next 6 sts, 2 DC in last sts. Ch 3, turn. (27)
Row 18: Sk first DC, DC in next 7 sts, DC2tog twice, DC3tog, DC2tog twice, DC in last 8 sts. (21)
Leave at least 12″ of MC. FO.
Use the beginning tail to seam up the back edge.
The assembly is different for each slipper. Once you get the first made, the second shouldn’t be too confusing. You’re making opposite folds.
Leaving a 12″ tail, attach CC yarn at end of row 18 with RS of row 18 facing.
When you get to the heel, make only 1 SC into row, then skip the heel seam and make 1 SC in first row. Make 2 SC in the rows back toward the toe.
FO and weave in that end. Seam the toe stitches down (Fig. 5). Weave in ends.
Note: The CC single crochet along the edge of the first 4 DC should lay directly on/across Row 15. I sew the SC down with a running stitch through the tops of the single crochet stitches and the tops of Row 15 double crochet stitches. I use a whip-stitch to sew the Row 18 stitches down along the top of the toe. Stretch them up so the seam sits on the edge of your toes. This will make it less visible from the top.
Place a safety pin into beg ch 3 of row 16.
Leaving a 12″ tail, attach CC yarn at Row 15, with RS of row 15 facing you. 2 SC into the side of that DC. 2 SC into side of each row of DC toward the heel. Make only 1 SC into the rows at the seam. 2 SC into the side of each row of DC back toward the toe.
When you reach the 5th row from the top, make 1 SC into that row, then make 1 SC into the same row AND beg ch-3 of Row 16 (directly to the right of the first sc).
Continue making 2 SC into the sides of remaning 4 DC rows. FO leaving a 12″ tail.
Attach CC yarn at joining SC. Slst into 1 SC of previous round. Slst around slipper opening. FO and weave in that end. Use remaining tails to seam edges.
Pattern is free for personal use only.