Slippers inspired by Minions – our free pattern and tutorial

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We’ve seen other patterns around the Net for crochet slippers but they all seem to use treble crochets and join with slip stitches. Since this pattern, we’ve gone off the latter most definitely. Using half trebles the way she does leaves no sign of a join, and are quicker and easier. It’s an easily adaptable pattern. You obviously don’t have to make Minions, and you can use any colours you like.

So, here’s our version of a common pattern. Hopefully you’ll find it easy enough. Any questions, please use the Comments and we’ll get right back to you.

Hook: 4mm.

Tapestry needle.

Stitches: half treble (htr) and double crochet (dc).

THE TOE

This section determines the shoe size of the slipper. The instructions we’ve given here should cover all average adult shoe sizes. If you want your slippers to be smaller, miss out Round 4. If you want them to be larger, add “Round 4a” and crochet “1 htr, 1 htr, 1 htr, then 2 htr all the way round”. Alternatively, play around with different hook sizes.

We start with yellow yarn and a circle. Use your preferred method: either chain 4 and slip stitch into the first chain to create a loop, or use a magic ring and chain 1 to secure. It’s important to keep track of the first stitch of each round with your stitch marker.

Round 1: 10 htr into the ring. IMG_20131017_122801

Round 2: 2 htr into each htr from round 1.

I don’t slip stitch to join rings – this way, you don’t get a visible join. Go straight from the last htr of round 1 to the first htr of round 2.

Round 3: 1 htr then 2 htr into the next stitch. Continue all the way round. You should finish on a 2 htr in the last stitch.IMG_20131017_151915

Round 4: 1 htr, 1 htr then 2 htr into the next stitch. Continue all the way round. You should finish on a 2 htr in the last stitch.

The Foot

This section determines the length of the slipper. Adjust the number of rows up or down to match the size of the foot your are crocheting for. You’ll want to keep working until the length of the slipper is slightly shorter than the foot.

Round 5: 1 htr in each stitch all the way round.IMG_20131019_231400

Round 6 -16  , repeat round 5.

Change colour to blue.

Rounds 17 – 23: 1 htr in each stitch all the way round.

We are now going to create an opening for the foot.  We won’t be crocheting all the way around any more.IMG_20131019_231449

Round 24: Chain 1. Crochet 28 htr back the way you came, ie back over the previous round.

Rounds 25 – 36: Repeat round 24.

Your work will create a rectangle shape.


The Heel

After row 36, fold the straight end in half and double crochet the two sides IMG_20131019_234533together. Turn inside out. Sew in any loose ends with a tapestry needle.

The Eye.

Make a magic loop again (or a ring using whatever your preferred method is) using black wool.

Round A: Crochet 10 htr into the ring and pull ring closed. IMG_20131020_200844

Change to white yarn.

Round B: Crochet 2 htr into each stitch from previous round.

Round C: 1 htr then 2 htr all the way round.

Change to grey or silver yarn.

Round D: Using double crochet, crochet 1dc, 1dc, 2 dc, all the way round.

Fasten off and sew eye into the centre of the yellow section of the slipper.

All done!

If you like, you can crochet another row of dc or htr around the opening. If you’re making a non-Minion pair of slipper, you could use a different colour for contrast, or even a different edging stitch.

Make two (or more, depending on the number of feet your recipient has)!

Please feel free to reblog and link to this pattern, but please remember to source this blog if you reproduce it on your own site – ie, please don’t pass it off as your own! You will get found out! You can make and sell items made using this pattern as much as you like!

Tutorial: how to make and crochet with “Plarn” – plastic yarn

You’ve probably never heard of this but it’s becoming more and more popular!

Plarn!

It’s plastic yarn, made from carrier bags. Yep, the type you bring your shopping home in! If you have a wander around the Interwebs and Pinterest in particular, you’ll find people crocheting all sorts with it.

Today, we’re going to show you how to make and use your own. The process we’re going to follow can also make you t-shirt yarn (one of us would crochet with nothing else, if she could!).

First, find yourself a carrier bag (or a bin liner). Straighten it out really well.

First, find yourself a carrier bag (or a bin liner). Straighten it out really well.

Next, cut off the handles and the bottom like this.

Next, cut off the handles and the bottom like this.

Now make cuts about an inch wide from one end of the bag to the other - but not all the way across. Stop cutting about an inch from the other side, as in the picture.

Now make cuts about an inch wide from one end of the bag to the other – but not all the way across. Stop cutting about an inch from the other side, as in the picture.

At this point, I like to put my hand through the bag to make the next stage easier.

At this point, I like to put my hand through all the loops we’ve made to make the next stage easier.

Finally, you're going to cut along the lines marked in the picture. Cutting diagonally like this results in one big strand of plarn, which means no knotting up loads of little strands!

Finally, you’re going to cut along the lines marked in the picture. Cutting diagonally like this results in one big strand of plarn, which means no knotting up loads of little strands!

Ta-da!

Ta-da!

All you need to do now is roll it up ... and decide what to make with it!

All you need to do now is roll it up … and decide what to make with it!

Shove 'em in the top and pull 'em out the bottom!

We’ve seen lots of simple ideas for plarn, including washing up pads. We turned ours into a dispenser for yet more carrier bags! Shove ’em in the top and pull ’em out the bottom! We used an 8mm hook and crocheted nothing but dc.

Prize winner’s product review + star pattern

Our friend, A Creative Pixie, has kindly reviewed the Red Heart Miami yarn she won in a recent giveaway. Just look at what she made! LOVELOVELOVE!

Click here to visit her blog and to read the review!

She has even been generous enough to post the pattern she used too.

It’s worth noting that we didn’t actually want to send the yarn to her because it’s so yummy 😛 That rich colour … it makes us happy just looking at it!

Thank you, A Creative Pixie!

Tutorial for a wiggly stitch!

I seriously love the look of this piece of crochet from made-in-k-town. It is pure wiggly awesomeness and I can’t wait to try it! This talented designer has posted a full tutorial with loads of step-by-step photos and instructions – and it’s much, much simpler than you think!!!

Click here to visit the tutorial and wiggle away!

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