Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Hooking some Chucks

A few weeks ago, one of my sons posted a picture on Facebook of some slippers he saw and wanted me to make.  Have to admit, they are pretty darn cool!  Apparently others think so, as I am now in progress on the third and fourth pairs.

It wasn't all sunshine and roses getting the first pair done.  After some searching for a pattern and coming up empty, I broke down and did what tech-savvier individuals would have done in the first place...throw the image link into Google and watch what happens.  Bingo!  Found a pattern, sort of.  Turns out the original was written in Finnish and it did not translate into English very well.  At all.  Plus, these are crochet.  My hook skills are limited at best, but I was willing to give it a whirl...bizarro language barrier translation and all.

The first four mock ups were ridiculous.  The combination of translation and my skill set made for quite the comedy.  Finally, I broke down and enlisted the help of a Crochet Genius Friend.  

All was good in the pattern world.  Or so I thought.  The first "official" pair was done and mostly to my liking.  The second pair did not turn out like the first at all.  What can I say, except a squirrel must have run past me causing me to lose my place.  They were exponentially better!  Gave those to the other son that requested a pair (because of course, no one requested the same color!) and went back to rip out and re-do the first pair using the distracted pattern.  So, now the first pair is done and is in a box headed towards Sonny Boy.  The third and fourth requested pairs...they are my most pressing WIP.  Thank goodness they are really quite fast to crochet up.  My elbow is not happy at the prospect of continuing the crocheting (hubs says I have Hooker Elbow...he is weird), especially in light of the baby blankets in my stack still to finish putting a simple crochet border on.  

It may not look like it in the pictures, but once on the foot, it stretches out and fits very much like in the inspiration picture.




The location of the pattern from which I started this slippery slipper slope can be found here.  

What finally worked for me is:     ***disclaimer:  I stink at crochet patterns and this may or may not make sense to someone that actually knows what they are doing***

---I used worsted weight Red Heart Super Saver yarn (because I know what is going to happen to them and they need to be able to withstand an Apocalypse) and a 5.0mm/H hook---

1.  Chain 3.  Join into round and do 12 HDC into the middle of the circle.

2.  2HDC into each stitch (total of 24 stitches)

3. and 4.  HDC into each stitch (24 stitches)

5.  Change color and HDC into each stitch.

6 through 9:  HDC

10.  HDC 8 stitches.  In next stitch, 3HDC.  HDC for next 4 stitches. 3HDC in next stitch.  Chain 2 and turn work.

11 through 20:  HDC each stitch (10 stitches).  Chain 2 at end of each row.

21 and 22:  1SC, HDC x2, DC x5, HDC x2, 1SC.  Tie off.

At the base of the flap, connect yarn again to begin the foot.

1.  In the first and last stitch, increase by doing 2HDC in each of those stitches...doing HDC between those stitches.  At end of row, chain 2 and turn.

2.  HDC across, chain 2 and turn.

3, 5, 7, and 9:  same as row 1 of foot.

4, 6, and 8:  same as row 2 of foot.

10-16:  HDC, chain 2 and turn on each row.

Tie off.  Seam up the back.  Lace up with a shoe lace and watch the people you love smile as they put them on and do a happy dance.

Sorry if this makes no sense to seasoned crocheters, but it worked for me.

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8 comments:

  1. Wow! Those are great ... I could wear those at work instead of shoes!

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  2. Cute! I sympathize with what you went through to get that pattern to work for you.

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    1. It was frustrating for sure, but the smiles make it worthwhile!

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  3. Wow..I can't imagine what you went through translating between knitting and crochet and basically coming up with the pattern on your own! Brave Woman LOL

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    1. LOL...I picked up a sweater to work on yesterday (knitting) and had to think about what I was doing. My brain has been in crochet world too long!

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  4. Chuck slippers! So very cool! You did a great job working out the pattern. Brave woman. My crochet skills are very limited but these would be perfect for my son. Might have to dig out the crochet hook.

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  5. I am quite sure that you can knock some out quickly. Betting he would love them!

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