It only takes a few hours, an inexpensive pair of flip flops and less than a skein of yarn to upgrade your summer footwear with these bohemian crochet sandals with flip flop soles!
I’m going to be honest, some of the projects I design have to be torn out and restarted multiple times on the path to becoming something you see here on the blog. But then every once in a while, seriously, once in a looooong while, all the yarn stars align and a project just comes together so effortlessly it’s almost as if I’m just following a pattern that’s being whispered in my ear by a little crochet angel.
This crochet sandals with flip flop soles pattern is one that came straight from the heavens and I really like what the little crochet angels put together for us.
Disclosure: This free crochet sandals with flip flop soles pattern is part of an ongoing paid collaboration with my friends at Lion Brand.
While I do like the challenge of a project that’s a slightly outside of my comfort zone (like the recent lacy Canyonlands Boho Top), even more, I like a pattern that looks complicated and stylish but is actually really a no-brainer to make (like the recent Stonewash Shrug).
These crochet sandals with flip flop soles fit into the later category for sure. There’s not a lot to them, so they work up really quickly and the only skills you need are single crochet, double crochet, slip stitching and working in the round. (And if you’ve never crocheted on flip flops before, my Flip Flop FAQs post is a must read. You can find all my free flip flop crochet patterns here!)
The Dream Catcher sandals require less than a skein of yarn, which makes them a super affordable way to add a dose of style to your summer wardrobe. As I often do with flip flop crochet patterns, I used Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton for these and it worked so beautifully. 24/7 Cotton is my go to for flip flop projects because it’s mercerized, really strong and looks great after lots of wear.
It’s worth noting that 24/7 Cotton is on the lighter side of a worsted weight yarn. It’s not as thick as some other worsted cottons on the market, which gives it a really lovely delicate look for summer shoes like this.
In my opinion, some suede (or faux-suede) laces are such a such a pretty contrast to the ecru-colored cotton. The combo makes my boho-loving heart go pitter patter for sure. If you’re not into the leather look though, I’ve also included instructions on how to crochet ankle straps from yarn.
I’ve divided the Dream Catcher sandals pattern into two parts so that neither becomes the longest blog post in the history of time. Find Part 1 of the free pattern below and Part 2 here.
If you’d like the entire pattern in one handy spot, you can always purchase the ad-free, printable PDF which includes the entire pattern and instructional photos as well as a bonus printable ruler to guide poking holes the perfect distance apart on your sole. This bonus ruler is super helpful in achieving the pattern gauge and getting the stitch tension correct. Purchase the PDF with ruler for $2.50 here.
And once you finish these crochet sandals with flip flop soles, I’ve got plenty of other free crochet patterns that use flip flops to keep you busy!
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Dream Catcher Crochet Sandals with Flip Flop Soles
Free Pattern – Part 1
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• Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton – (186 yds/3.5 oz, yarn weight medium/4)
• MC: 1 ball Ecru
• Tapestry needle
• Size B [2.25 mm] crochet hook or size needed to fit through flip flop holes
• Size G [4.0 mm] crochet hook
• 1-2 printed copies of the “ruler” at end of printable pattern + tape (optional)
• 1 pair of flip flops (See pattern notes on selecting the shoe size.)
• Sharp tool to poke holes (I use this clay tool. You can also try a skewer, thin drill bit or awl.)
• Sharp scissors
• Stitch markers
• Strong glue such as E6000 to glue strap plugs to sole (optional)
• 115” faux suede laces (optional. I’ve found real suede can discolor light colored yarn.)
• 12 wooden beads with hole large enough to accommodate laces (optional)
Abbreviations (US Terms):
ch – chain
sc – single crochet
dc – double crochet
sk – skip
ch3sp – space created by three chains
ch4sp – space created by four chains
sl st – slip stitch
st(s) – stitch(es)
MC – main color
RS – right side
WS – wrong side
A Word on Sizing:
Pattern can be used to make women’s shoe sizes 5 and up. When making a size 5, 6 or 7, the circular top of the sandal will come up a bit higher on your foot because your overall sandal is shorter.
Gauge (as measured on heel):
9.25 sc = 2”
13 rows of sc = 2”
• Transforming flip flops into slippers isn’t an exact science! Keep an open mind and don’t be afraid to customize the shoes to your liking. Check out this Flip Flop FAQs post for answers to commonly asked questions.
•You may want to size down when buying your flip flops. Look for a flop flop that offers about .25″ of sole around your foot (more like the fit of a normal shoe).
• The flip flops in the sample are from Old Navy–they have a great selection of colors. Find $1 flip flops on Amazon or at Walmart. Dollar Tree’s $1 flip flops tend to be a bit too flimsy, but can work if you are careful. And LionBrand.com now offers flip flops so you can get your yarn and soles in one place!
• Pattern explains locations on the flip flop as if it’s a clock where the top of the toe is 12:00 and the heel is 6:00. (See photo below.)
• Left and right shoes are identical.
• Be sure to poke the same number of holes in the second flip flop as in the first. (The printable ruler makes this pretty straightforward, but it’s still a good idea to count and double check.)
• Crochet over yarn tails as you work whenever possible so as to reduce the number of ends to weave in.
• IMPORTANT: The shoes are crocheted tightly, similar to amigurumi. Make a deliberate effort to keep your stitches tighter than normal. Check your gauge if you’re unsure. The shoes will feel tight at first, but will loosen slightly with a day of wear. They should not stretch considerably after that, especially if you useLion Brand 24/7 Cotton.
POKING THE HOLES
Trim straps off flip flops by cutting the mid-foot straps at an extreme angle so you can keep them in place without feeling them inside the shoe. (See photo below.) Tugging on the strap while cutting will help ensure you cut it as closely to the sole as possible. Save the rubber plug from the strap between your toes to glue in later.
If you’re using the printable ruler, trim and tape pieces together and tape ruler around flip flop sole. With your sharp instrument, poke holes in each dot on the ruler. (See photo above in blog post.) If not using the printable ruler, poke holes slightly more than .25″, about 3/8th of an inch, apart around sole. In both cases, pierce the hole at an angle from about the middle of the way down the sole to approximately .25” into the top of the sole. Ensure your holes are far enough from the edge so that the yarn won’t rip through the rubber when you create your first row of crochet. Reference the lightweight slippers video tutorial for help.
FOUNDATION ON SOLE
Using one strand of MC, tie slip knot around smaller hook. Insert size B hook at back of heel (6:00 position) from the top of the flip flop toward the bottom of the sole, grabbing the yarn and pulling through to the top of the flip flop and through the slip knot to attach the yarn to the flip flop.
All sizes (make 2):
Foundation Round: Continuing with size B hook and single strand of MC, ch1, sc in each hole around sole, join with a sl st to first sc. Fasten off. You will work over yarn tails in the heel section of the pattern.
Place stitch markers at 3:00 and 9:00 positions. Using larger hook and one strand of MC, make a slip knot on hook. Insert hook at the 9:00 marked st of Foundation Round (3:00 marked st for left-handed crocheters) and slip stitch to attach yarn to Foundation Round. Begin Row 1 in same marked stitch yarn was attached in and work over the tail of yarn as you go.
Notes: Left-handed crocheters, reverse mentions of positions. (So each time 3:00 is mentioned, you will replace it with 9:00 and visa versa.)
Row 1 (RS): Ch 1, sc in marked st, sc in each sc around toe ending in 3:00 marked st; turn.
Row 2 (WS): Ch 1, sk first sc, sc in next sc and each sc to end of row; turn.
Row 3 (RS): Ch 1, sk first sc, sc in next sc and each sc to end of row; turn.
Rows 4, 6 (WS): Rep Row 2.
Rows 5, 7 (RS): Rep Row 3.
Place stitch markers at 4:00 and 8:00 positions, near where flip flop straps were attached. Using larger hook and one strand of MC, make a slip knot on hook. Insert hook at the 4:00 marked st of Foundation Round (8:00 marked st for left-handed crocheters) and slip stitch to attach yarn to Foundation Round. Begin Row 1 in same marked stitch yarn was attached in and work over any yarn tails as you go.
Notes: Left-handed crocheters, reverse mentions of positions. (So each time 4:00 is mentioned, you will replace it with 8:00 and visa versa.)
Row 1 (RS): Ch 1, sc in marked st, sc in each sc around heel ending in 8:00 marked st; turn.
Row 2 (WS): Ch 1, sc in each sc to end of row; turn.
Row 3 (RS): Ch 1, sc in each sc to end of row; turn.
Rows 4, 6 (WS): Rep Row 2.
Rows 5, 7 (RS): Rep Row 3.
Rows 8, 10, 12, 14 (WS): Ch 1, sk first sc, sc in next sc and each sc to end of row; turn.
Rows 9, 11, 13, 15 (RS): Ch 1, sk first sc, sc in next sc and each sc to end of row; turn.
• This circle is worked in the round. Keep RS facing at all times.
Foundation: Ch 5, sl st to first ch to form a circle. (Alternatively, use the magic circle/loop technique to make a circle.)
Round 1 (RS): Ch 1, sc 12 in ring, sl st to first sc to join. (12 sc)
Round 2 (RS): Ch 6 (counts as 1 dc in the first sc, ch 3), [sk 1 sc, dc in next sc, ch 3] five times, sk last sc, sl st to third ch from beginning of round to join. (6 ch3sps)
Round 3 (RS): Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc in the first dc) [(dc, ch 4, dc) all in next dc] five times, dc in next dc, ch 4, sl st to first dc to join. (6 ch4sps)
Round 4 (RS): Ch 7 (counts as 1 dc in first dc, ch 4), sk ch3sp, [dc in next dc, ch 3, dc in next dc, ch 4, sk ch3sp] five times, dc in sl st join from previous round, ch 3, sl st to third ch from beginning of round to join. (6 ch3sps, 6 ch4sps)
Cinch center of circle. Fasten off, leaving 30” tail.
Now you’re ready to move onto Part 2 of the Dream Catcher Sandals with flip flop soles pattern!
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