30 September 2010

Fun Folded Toddler Slippers

A week or so ago, I came across an adorable knitted pair of baby slippers and I thought, I really want to make those, but It will take me forever to knit them, so, inspired by these adorable little slippers, I did my own math/sts and pattern and came up with a size to fit my daughter. She's 2. :) You can also find the original on Ravelry too.

I'm not going to do a pdf for these, because as I said, these were inspired by. So you can make the same size, about a 7/8 toddler size, or go down 2 hook sizes and use dk or sport weight for a smaller pair. You can get the original knitted pattern here.

Materials for toddler size 7/8...your favorite ww yarn...size G crochet hook...tapestry needle to sew up sides...some sort of no slip for the bottoms...Miss A slides all over the place in hers.
***If you want a smaller pair use a size E crochet hook and sport/DK weight yarn. Bigger, just add on stitches to the beginning chain. At least 3 sts per side...right, left, bottom.

Errata: The stitch count was off, it's now fixed. :) Originally I was going to offer 3 sizes, then decided against that and typed up 2 different sizes in the same pattern. Sorry for the inconvenience. Thank you to the lovely person who pointed that out to me!
Gauge for this size is 4 sc and 4 rows are 1"
Begin at the top of the "T" shape by making a chain of 50. (It's about 12" long)
R1 In the second ch from the hook, make 1 sc, sc in each chain across. 49sc
R2 Ch1, turn, *sc in next st, dc in next st. Repeat from * across. 49 sts
R3 Ch1, turn, sc in each st across. 49sc
R4-7. Repeat row 2 and 3 in that order 2 times.
R8 Repeat row 3. Finish off and weave in ends. The "bumpy" side created by the sc, dc, sts is the right side. You want the bumpy side facing out. (This row, R8, is where you begin the sole/bottom of the slipper.)

{measurements before folding and sewing are 5" right side, 5" left side and 2" across the center sc rows}

R1 Now in the 21st st from the end, (this is almost the center of the slipper) join yarn, (to the 21st sc) ch1, sc in same st and in next 8 sts. 9sc.
***Now stop here and count, you should evenly have 20 sts on either side of this row and 9sc you are working in the center. Each side has 20 sts, center 9 sts. ;)
R2-20 Ch1, turn, sc in next 9sc. 9sc total. This makes the sole/bottom of the slipper. Finish off and weave in ends.
Optional, as photographed in the photos...do an rsc (reverse sc) across the top of the "T" shape to give the slipper a more finished look. Or any border/edging you like.

Lay slipper with wrong side up and the right side (bumpy side) facing down. Take the right side of the "T" shape and fold it over and match up the side to the bottom on the slipper. (to the sole's toe, made with 9sc) Now you will see the bumpy side on this part showing.

Take the left side and fold it over as well and in the same place. Place a clothes pin here if you need too, to hold all 3 thicknesses of the toe in place.

Turn the slipper over, very carefully so as not to move the folded pieces out of place. Begin at the top of the slipper, right side and wip stitch the right side down to the toe. Only sewing through the 1 side and the bottom/sole.

(I'm using a darker yarn to sew so you can see where to sew) now sew across the toe, sewing through all 3 thicknesses, the right side, the center/bottom/sole and the left side. Only going through all 3 thicknesses at the toe.

Sew up the other side, only sewing through the bottom/sole and the left side. Finish off and weave in ends. ***EDIT*** This big of a size really needs some stitching on the top of the slipper to help it stay on the foot. So when you try it on the child, see where the 2 top folded pieces meet and take it back off the child and then stitch right where the top pieces meet. You can also sew a little more down towards the toe on the top to help it have a better, tighter fit***

You may want to make a few small stitches on the top of the slipper, where the 2 sides meet just to help the slipper stay on the foot. Try it on first and see where you need to do this. Also, slippers made from yarn are very slippery. We found out the hard way, so go get some no slip stuff for the bottoms before wearing. :) Puff Paint works wonders. These are so cute and work up so fast, I'm going to make a few pairs to donate to charity this winter. ***In the photo, I have my sides folded right over left, then the other is folded left over right, so the line of the opening is pointing out, not in.
Hope you enjoyed this photo tutorial! Have a great afternoon!

28 September 2010

100 Followers Giveaway!!!!!

I am thrilled to have over 100 followers here at SarahSweetHearts!
In honor of you all, I'm offering a Giveaway!
There's a lil'sumthin' for everyone!

Just to name a few things...
Uber Girly Fingerless Mitts...Adult Size
Super cute Market Bag
Lime Green Ric~Rak
lacy Ribbon on a spool
Curling Ribbon Crochet Booklet
Not Pictured is Sarahbell's Bag and the finished Mobius Cowl
as well as some scrapbooking stuff, an adorable multi color project tote from Michaels and a Lime Green with a Pink Gerber Daisy Re~useable coffee cup cosy so you can say no to the paper ones your favorite coffee house gives you and be super Green. There's a few other things too, but you'll just have to look and see! ;)

All you have to do is leave 1 comment telling me what you like about SarahSweetHearts...the free pattens? The oh so funny dialogue? Just kidding, I'm not really that funny. I think? Or your favorite post, something that inspired you. One week from today I will use one of those random number generator thingies and select 1 person.
So come on then!

Leave a comment!
You know you like free stuff!

Have a great week! Remember to check back next tuesday for the winner! Lots of fun stuff comming in the days ahead...ribbon work tut. sewing...Yeah...LOVE that!

23 September 2010

New things for Fall!

New things are comming! Yay! I am hard at work on 2 new patterns that I LOVE!
and will be free to use for yourself and charity, one is a spin on my Lacy Sling Scarf in last years Crochet Pattern a Day Calendar. ;)

As well as a few knitted things on the needles soon!

Don't you just love autumn colors?
Me too.
Tomorrow I am having wisedom tooth removal so please say a prayer for me. :)
Also working on a Ribbon Work tutorial too!
Have a great weekend!
xo Sarah!

17 September 2010

Irish Lace & Ribbon Work...

This sweet little thing is from an Annie Potter Presents booklet. Isn't it just so sweet? (finally finished it!) It's made from fingering weight. The ribbon rose is handmade. I'm thinking of doing a series of ribbon work tutorials. Adding a bit of ribbon work to a project adds so much to the project. Charm as well as professionalism. What do you think? Would you like to see some ribbon work tutorials?

I was going to save and continue to work on this until it was very, very long, but a friend at church just had a baby and so I believe I will give this to her. Hopefully I will be able to take a few photos of the sweet little baby wearing the dress soon.

What are you doing this weekend? Having fun I hope! I will be relaxing....I hope!

10 September 2010

Country Living

and a group and yarn too. :)
The group is called Toasty Slippers on Ravelry. Stop by and check us out.
We are brand new and off to a great start!
Now, for the Country Living UK edition...
March 2010

I have wanted one of these for some time now. There is a difference in our Country Living Mag and theirs.

Both are wonderful inspirations for life and home, decorating and living.

Ours is mostly stuff and things. The UK edition brings you to the country side.

Aren't these photos gorgeous? Wouldn't you love to have a garden like that? Me too. That is my inspiration for my own garden.

Isn't this neat? The colors jump right off the page. I'm so thankful to the sweet lady who sent me this in an RAK. (Random Act of Kindness) It has been a pleasure to read.

I'm planting tulips next year. I would do so this year, but we will be moving at the end of winter, early spring, so we won't be here to enjoy them.

Anyhow, that brings me to this lovely shade of yarn, called Flamingo. It's part of Bernats Breast Cancer Research line of yarn. A portion of your purchse price goes to Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. I picked mine up at Michaels.

Isn't that color just lovely? and for a great cause too. Breast cancer has struck my family and my husbands as well. It's an awful thing to go through. With support from fundraisers like this, research is being funded.
Pick up some Knit and Crochet for Breast Cancer Bernat Satin yarn line to help support Breast Cancer Research if you can and Have a lovely weekend!

08 September 2010

A gift...

Don't you just love gifts?

I do too.

Especially when I'm giving something I made!

Because alot of time and thought went into each gift made.

This is a sweet little quick day out bag for Mommy and Baby, you know for those trips when you don't want to carry a huge diaper bag, when just a tiny tote will do? This is for those days. When she recieves the gift, along with the other gifts in the bag, I'll show you the rest, though in all truth, I have posted them before. You may remember the color?
Have a Fun~tabulous day!
Ohhhhh! P.S. I almost forgot!
I received an R.A.K. from a dear sweet lady on Ravelry...
it's a UK edition of Country Living Mag!
You have
how much I've wanted one of these. It's different than our version. I'll most definitely post a few photos for you to drool over right along with me very soon. Tomorrow or Friday. :)

05 September 2010

Dresses for Miss

This little dress I sewed last year for Miss A~, but it was to big. It fits her now and is adorable with a little crochet Bolero and Rose embellishment I just finished up for her.

Such a sweet combination.

A closeup of the stitches.

Next is the little Impromptu Dress, as promised a better photo. :)

It has been worn 2 times and washed and is now wrinkley today, but still so cute!

Don't you just love little ballerina up~do's for the hair? Adorable!
Have a wonderful rest of the weekend!

03 September 2010

Family of Slippers

With fall and winter comming soon, I thought it would be neat to have a pair of crochet slippers for everyone in my family. They are as unique and varied as we are.

We have a Steelers Fan from waaaaaaay back and a Super Mario fan and just a plain cool not worried about it but still looks cool dude slipper and cute and sweet fleur too!

You've seen mine and Miss A`'s before, but the guy's are new. Nifty huh?
One things for sure.....we will all have toasty warm toes when it gets chilly!
Have a FUN~tabulous labor day weekend!

01 September 2010

Crepes and Tea

This morning finds Miss A~ and I with some delicious Crepes and Strawberry Jam and Lemon~Ginseng Tea. Mmmmm...

You may like your Crepes without the browning, but I love that little bit of crispiness and the jam is mouthwatering! Since I hardly ever, as in maybe once in a blue moon, treat myself, just because, this morning with the boys in school and hubby off to work early, Miss Anna and I decided to have some sweet girly time. I feel pampered, even if I did it myself.

Love, love, love hot tea! That little bit of crochet is a cute little suprise that I can't wait to show you. I have several ideas bouncing around and if I can get enough time in, may have a few new patterns to share. Maybe even submit for publication. That's my dream anyway. :)
~My Crepes Recipe~
1 cup plain flour
2 eggs beaten
3/4 cup milk
2/3 cup water
2 tbsp sugar
3 tbsp melted butter (I like Land O Lakes)
Stir all together with a whisk until smooth and set aside for 30 minutes to let settle. Then on a hot pan, you may want to butter the surface so as not to stick, spoon just a tiny bit, maybe about 3 tbsps or four into the center of the hot pan and swirl the pan to thinly spread the mixture around until it is large and flat. Thin like paper. Flip it after about a minute and then set aside while you make the rest. Top with your choice of jams or jellys, marmalade or brown sugar and pecans. Yum!
The edges will be very thin and lacy even. With the strawberry jam on mine this morning, you can see through them. Hope you enjoy your day!


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