DIY Knitted Flip-flop Recipe

One thing I have learned from my Handmade Wardrobe Project so far, is that I like to have a good basic template for my projects. When my friends at Scheepjes sent me a pair of "DIY flip flops" I considered adapting all sorts of 'barefoot' crochet sandals, but after further consideration decided that (a) I'm far more likely to wear a basic pair with the option for temporary customisation, (b) I wanted a distinct left and right foot, and (c) there are not enough knitting patterns for this sort of thing. So I set about writing a recipe which will form the basis of my own DIY flip flops, and which you can also use and adapt for yourself.

DIY Knitted flip-flop sandal recipe/pattern on Crafts from the Cwtch

Materials: 
- Scheepjes DIY Flip flop soles (see note on sizing, below)
- 1/2 ball of Scheepjes Bloom 100% cotton yarn (quick drying!)
- 4mm double pointed needles
- Crochet hook and sewing needle for attaching to the base
- 2 lockable stitch markers or safety pins

The Recipe: 
1. Leaving a 15 cm tail for sewing up, cast on 3 stitches
2. Knit an icord for 3cm
3. RS: K1, yo, k to last st, yo, k1
4. WS: Purl 
5. Repeat these two rows until you have 13 stitches, then increase for the appropriate foot

6a. Right foot RS: K1, yo, k to last 2 sts, kfb, yo, k1 
6b. Left foot RS: K1, yo, kfb, k to last st, yo, k1

7. WS: Purl
8. Repeat 6a/b and 7 until you achieve the desired width (try them on your foot to get a great fit) - the flip flops pictured were increased until 25 stitches 
9. RS: K1, yo, k2tog, k to last 3 sts, skp, yo, k1
10. WS: Purl 
11. Repeat 9 and 10 until the desired length - I worked these three times
12. K1, yo, bind off 1 st, *k2tog, bind off 1 st, yo, bind off 1 st, rep from * until all sts are bound off, then use a lockable stitch marker or safety pin to hold the last stitch, until you are ready to attach it to the loops in the base
13. Making sure you have the correct foot and base, use the tail from step 1, pull the icord around the toe post and sew to secure (pictured) 

DIY Knitted flip-flop sandal recipe/pattern on Crafts from the Cwtch

14. Try the flip flop on before attaching to the other loops, this way you can ensure a great fit
15. Either crochet a small chain to attach the knitting to the loops on each side, or sew around the loops to secure. You can see from the pictures that I also crocheted along the side section 
16. Weave in all ends
17. Customise your flip-flops with beads, buttons, brooches, embroidery etc... 
18. Head to the beach or poolside with your knitting


You can order the flip flop soles from Deramores (they offer international delivery). If you are a Dutch reader, you should be able to find them at your local Scheepjes stockist. They are incredibly squishy and comfortable but please note that they come up small, so this pair is a size 39/40 and although I am a 40 they don't fit me (my mum is delighted as they fit her perfectly and she's a UK 5, those are her feet) but I've ordered a bigger pair and you'll be able to see those in a 'Handmade Wardrobe' post very soon!  

DIY Knitted flip-flop sandal recipe/pattern on Crafts from the Cwtch

4 comments

  1. Hello there,

    Can you send me the sizes of triangle (cm-s)? ...thanks a million, Suzy (internet AT mail DOT ie)

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    1. Hi - it will depend on the size of your foot, just keep increasing until they are the size you'd like. I deliberately left the measurement out as every foot is so different, and people will be using a different base size for the sole.

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