It’s been a while since I crocheted anything for babies so I’ve had 2 little projects on the go this week: Little newborn baby sandals and a lace collar for a toddler. Out of the 2 projects the collar was definitely the quickest and easily the most fun. So the collar took me a night, it lies exactly how it should, it looks beautiful and after making one I could definitely make a few of them on autopilot.
The sandals were none of these things.
Don’t get me wrong, they do look quite cute. However they don’t stand properly for a photo, they constantly look deformed and the worst bit of all… they were super fiddly to make! Loads of different straps with many many ends to weave in. Constantly checking the pattern to make sure I was making it properly. Frogging and confusion because it just didn’t look right! All in all this took me about 2 weeks… mostly because I kept getting annoyed with them and putting them away.
So here is my top 5 list of why I hate crocheting baby shoes:
1. Fiddly fiddly fiddly
Everything is just so small! Getting your fingers and your hook in can be a nightmare and then you have to be able to see what your doing!
2. Inside out or not?
As a lefty I have no idea if I crochet the shoe inside out or not. I turned one pair inside out and they looked fabulous! Tried it with another and it just didn’t work. Need to crochet in the back loops? Forget turning it inside out then because you’ll lose that lovely line.
3. Baby Steps
Every step of making something this small is just tiny! No way you can read the pattern and then get on with watching One Born Every Minute, within 30 seconds you’re finished the row and it’s time to squint at the page again. Only for crocheting when you’ve got nothing else to do.
4. The Ends!
This one is mostly sandals but if you’re making multicoloured shoes it’s the same: So many ends to weave into such as small space! It’s a wonder there’s space for anything else!
I am bad at following patterns. Fact. I always mess up but I’m really very good at bodging it so it looks right. Unfortunately when making little tiny shoes it’s very obvious when I’ve bodged each shoe and managed to bodge them both differently.
Of course I can’t include a list of reason not to make baby shoes without including the top reason why you have to:
They’re just so freaking cute!!
I mean just look a the adorableness! The only thing that could be cuter would be if teeny baby toes were in them!
So I wanted to talk today about the book that this cute pattern came from: Super Cute Crochet for Tiny Feet by Vita Apala. It’s in the name really isn’t it? I was gifted this book for my birthday last year so I’ve had almost a year to play around and try a few different patterns. This book is a wonderful introduction to crocheting tiny shoes and is perfect for beginners. There’s a lovely little introduction to the book explaining how the pages are laid out and how to use it and then at the back there’s an extensive section with step by step photos for how to do certain stitches and how to make the various types of sole.
As far as the patterns go they are very varied: between the sections on shoes, booties and sandals there’s plenty to choose from for any time of year and while there is recommended yarn you can easily customise the colours and embellishments to your taste. My favourite from these patterns being the Daisy Chain Mary Janes (featured left) that I made for a friend’s baby, with their cute little fringe and flower embellishment! How lush!
The photo tutorials for these patterns are very in depth with photos each step of the way and very clear instructions, with sizing instructions for (0-6) months and (6-12) months to keep your little bundle of joy shooed up for the whole first year of their life! If you are a beginner crocheter or your gifting this book to someone who would like to learn, the tutorials at the back go right back to basics, teaching you how to slipknot and chain so even a complete beginner can get started!
What do you guys think? Do we love crochet tiny shoes or do we really hate it?
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