Just Crochet/Craft Idea's: It's been a very long time since I have posted anything to my Blog. Due to family and life in general, I got a little detoured. I will try to get time to type up some new entries. I have created a lot of items, gave them away and did not take pictures or type them up. We lost both of our boys this year. Jiggy in March and Stubby in July. We have a new friend her name is MayBee (due to the fact that we weren't quite sure about keeping her). She's 4 years old and full of energy. I make her Kitty Strings with yarn, it was such a hit, I donated some to the local animal shelter. I'll try to put them on the Blog next week. As usual, if you have questions about crafting or crochet, I will answer them under the post where you leave the comment. Thanks for stopping by. Birdie

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Friday, August 30, 2013

Barefoot Sandals for Susie

By Berta Gilholm

This pattern is from the center of an old doily pattern for the top of the foot. You can experiment with the center of any round, oval or elongated square doily pattern, make rows of beaded Dc straps or open work ladder patterns. You can add more beads or fewer if you prefer. You can create a cuff and join it to the top instead of ties for the ankle. You can also crochet into a metal/wood or bone toe ring and join that to the bottom instead of the toe ring in this pattern.

Sizes: Small/Medium or Large Adult
200 yds Black size 3 Fashion Cotton Crochet Thread, use in any color you like.
74 assorted 8mm to 11mm beads (I used mostly silver and a few blue metallic (mixed shapes - ball, rose ball, ruffle dividers, round flat and stars)) Use colors you like and shapes you like.
Beading needle to thread beads.
Crochet Hooks: US C2/3mm for Adult Small, D3/3.25mm for Adult Medium, E4/3.5mm for Adult large.
Stitch Abbreviations: Ch = Chain, Dc = Double Crochet, FO = Fasten Off , Hdc = Half Double Crochet, Lp + loop, Rnd + round, SB = slide up a bead, Sc = Single Crochet, Scdec = single crochet decrease, Slst = slip stitch, Sp(s) = space/spaces, St = Stitch, YO = yarn over.
Stitch Note:  Ch 2 counts as hdc and Ch 3 counts as dc unless otherwise stated.
Scdec = Insert hook in next st, draw up a lp, (two lps on hook), insert hook in next st, draw up a lp (3 lps on hook), YO and draw through all 3 lps.
Top of Foot: (make 2)
Using Black cotton thread, Thread 32 beads onto thread with a beading needle, I used the following beads in this order: *Rose Ball, Divider, Flat, Silver Star, Flat, Divider, Rose, Divider, Flat, Silver Star, Ball, Divider, Repeat from * then for last 6 beads thread a Divider, Blue Star, Rose, Blue Star, Rose, Blue Star for center round .
Carry beads on unused thread and slide bead back to work into stitches as needed.
Ch 4, slst into first ch to form a ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, work 11 sc in ring, jwslst (11 sc)
Rnd 2: Ch 1, SB (rose ball), sc in same sc, sc in next sc, *SB (blue star), sc in next 2 sc, SB (rose ball), sc in next 2, Repeat  from * 2 times, SB (divider), sc in last sc, jwslst (11 sc with 6 beads)
Rnd 3: Ch 2, hdc in same sc, 2 hdc in next sc and each remaining sc around except last sc, hdc in last sc, jwslst (21 hdc)
Rnd 4: Ch 1, SB (next silver), sc in same hdc, sc in next hdc, *SB (silver), sc in next 2 hdc, Repeat  from * around, jwslst (21 sc with 10 beads)
Rnd 5: Ch 3, 2 dc in next sc, *dc in next sc, 2 dc in next sc, Repeat from * around, jwslst (31 dc)
Rnd 6: Ch 1, SB (next silver), sc in same dc, sc in next dc, *SB (silver), sc in next 2 dc, Repeat  from * around, jwslst (31 sc with 16 beads)
Rnd 7: Ch 3, dc in same sc, ch 2, dc in next sc, ch 2, *2 dc in next sc, ch 2, dc in next sc, Repeat from * around, jwslst (46 dc + 32 ch sp)
 "change to working in rows on Row 8 for top of foot leading to straps".
Row 8: Ch 1, sc in next 16 stitches (dc sts and chsts),  turn (16 sc)
Row 9: Scdec using first 2 sc, sc in next 12 sc, Scdec using last 2 sc, turn (14 sc)
Row 10: Scdec using first 2 sc, sc in next 10 sc, Scdec using last 2 sc, turn (12 sc)
Row 11: Ch 68, pull last ch to make a knot (do not FO) leaving a 20 inch loop for beaded ends,
Row 12:  join yarn again back into the last ch worked on row 11 with a slst, sc in same ch, sc in next 66 ch, Continuing across top of foot sc in next 12 sc on foot top,  Ch 68,
Row 13:  Sc in second ch from hook, sc in next 66 ch, jwslst to last sc on top of foot area, FO and weave in ends.
Toe Ring:
#1: Join thread yarn with a slst in bottom center of foot piece, Ch 18, jwslst in st to the left of ch, (Ch ring created) (18 ch)
#2: Working around ch ring, Sc in each ch around, jwslst in foot piece, FO, weave in ends.
Finishing: Cut the 20 inch loops on the strap ends in half, using a beading needle,  thread one loop ends through the needle with the following beads (blue star, divider, silver star, divider, blue star, divider, blue ball), snug up beads, tie several knots at end and t

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