Crochet Designs by Kathleen

Sunday, January 16, 2005

Adult Crochet Bootie Slippers

By Kathleen Watkins
(c) K. Watkins, 2005

Using an I hook and 3 ply yarn


Row 1: Ch 13. Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 11 ch. (12 sc sts) ch 1, turn.

Row 2-28: Back loop single crochet (blsc) in next 12 sc. (12 blsc sts) ch 1 turn. At the end of row 28, finish off and weave in loose end.


Row1: Working along one side of cuff count in 9 rows. At the end of the 9th row, sc. Sc in the end of the next 9 rows, ch 1, turn (10 sc sts)

Rows 2-18: blsc in 10 sc. Ch 1, turn. At the end of row 18, fasten off and weave in ends.


Attach yarn to bottom end of cuff

You now have a T shape of sc ribbing.. one is the cuff one is the instep. ( It helps to put the cuff around your ankle and the instep on your foot to get an idea of where you are in the crochet project at this point)

This next part is a bit confusing, but once you start, you will get the hang of it. You are, essentially putting the sides and the soles on the slipper by crocheting around 3 sides of your T, leaving the top of the T unworked.

In the next rows, you will be crocheting down right side cuff edge (drsc), down right side instep (drsi) along front toe instep (afte) up left side instep (ulsi) and up left side instep (ulsc).

Attach yarn to first stitch of slipper. Ch 1. Crochet, evenly spacing sts as follows: 10 sc drsc, 18 sc drsi, 8 sc ate, 18 sc ulsi, 10 sc ulsc. Ch 2, turn (64 sc sts)Ch 3, Turn (note, the turning chain will always count as your first hdc from this point on)

Rows 2-4: Half double crochet (hdc) in each st around cuff and instep, ch 2 turn (64 hdc sts), ch 3, turn.

Row 5: hdc into first 9 sts, make a 3 hdc tog decrease* over the next three sts, 14 hdc, then make two- 2 hdc tog decs*, 4 hdc, two- 2 hdc tog decs, 14 hdc, 3 hdc tog decrease over next three sts, 9 hdc. Ch 3, turn.

Row 6: hdc frist 24 sts, 3 hdc tog dec, hdc next 2 sts, 3 hdc tog dec, hdc next 24 sts. Ch 3, turn.

Row 7: hdc into first st, 2 hdc tog dec, hdc next 20 sts, two- 2 hdc tog decs, hdc next 20 sts, 2 hdc decrease, hdc in last sts. Ch 3, turn

After this row, finish off leaving a 20 inch length of yarn. Use this length to sew up bottom of sole and back of cuff. Weave in all loose ends.

**NOTE on stitches:
3 hdc tog dec: (3 half double crochet together decrease) use the next three stitches and draw them together by crocheting them into one stitch

two, 2 hdc tog decs: (two separate half double crochet together decreases) this means there are two decreases in a row consisting of two stitches drawn together by crocheting them into one stitch

Saturday, January 15, 2005

Crochet Mary Jane Slippers

By Kathleen Watkins
(c) 2005 K. Watkins

With K hook
3 ply yarn (for smaller or larger size, adjust hook size)
2 Buttons 1-1 ½ inches

SLIPPER– make 2

*note.. Do not join rounds 1 through 17-- just work in rounds

Row 1: Ch 2. 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook (6sts)

Row 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12 sts)

Row 3: * sc in first sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (18 sts)

Rows 4- 17: sc in each sc around (18 sts)

Row 18: Sl st in next st, turn. Sc in st you just sl st in and in next 14 sc, leaving the next 3 sts unworked. Ch 1, turn. (15 sts)

Rows 19-25: Sc in 15 sc. Ch 1, turn. (15 sts)

Row 26: 2 sc in first st. Sc in next 13 sts. 2 sc in last st, ch 1, turn. (17 sts)

Row 27: Sc in each sc. Ch 1, turn. (17 sts)

Row 28: Sc in each sc (17 sts)

To finish off slipper portion, leave a 12 inch length of yarn at end of row 28. Place right sides of heel together and sew together heel with needle using 12 inch length.

STRAP– make 2

1: Ch 18, sc in 12th ch from hook. Continue to sc in next 11 sts. Ch 1 (note–this is where you will adjust the strap for different sized buttons.(see finishing note B)

2: Along opposite side of row just worked, sc in next 12 sc. 6 sc in to loop, 12 sc along original side to beginning of round. You will have crocheted 30 sts around entire strap. Fasten off leaving a 12 inch length of yarn for attaching strap to slipper later.


1. Starting at heel, sc 28 sc evenly around slipper opening, do not join and repeat 28 sc for a second round. Finish off and weave in loose ends.

2. Place strap approximately 1 - 1 ½ inches from heel seam and sew in place. Put button on opposite side of slipper approximately 1 - 1 ½ inches from heel seam. REMEMBER: the straps are sewn onto the inside of the slipper, and the buttons are sewn onto the outside of the slipper. Each slipper will be a mirror of the other.

A. If you choose a longer or shorter slipper, adjust the pattern between the rows 19-25.
B. If you choose larger or smaller buttons, adjust your strap loop size making the last 6 stitches of the starting loop chain larger or smaller accordingly.

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Friendship Afghan

I want to start my crochet blog with what I feel is the most appropriate item in my crochet collection. My friendship afghan:

This is made from several grannie squares from crochet pen pals from all over the world. I just think it is the prettiest thing ever. Its huge, about 100" x 100"

Another picture just to show it's huge size, here's the afghan with my two pooches on it.

My Dogs-- Moppett and Marigold

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Garden Afghan

Here's a picture of a Garden/Rose afghan I made. It's hanging on an old swing in the back yard.

Here's a few other pictures of my garden: