Eeeeek! I couldn't help myself! I just love them :)
Warning: This tutorial is seriously photo heavy. I wanted even beginners to be able to make these!
I have been crocheting like crazy lately. I am trying to destash a bit and I am also (for lack of a better term) dieting. Well I am just trying to lose a little weight and eat more healthy and crocheting keeps my mind off of wanting to eat junk food all day!
I have been wanting to make my daughter a pair of slippers for some time now. There don't seem to be too many toddler slipper patterns out there so I just went on to make my own. I wasn't planning on putting the pattern up here as it was supposed to be just plain old slippers but after I made the first pair it just hit me that these needed a bit more. I started thinking about it and my floppy bunny hat pattern and the next thing you know I was writing down a pattern and taking a bunch of pictures. I mean, people need this pattern way before Easter so they have time to make them!
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First I want to discuss gauge and yarn and all that boring but important stuff. The first pair of slippers I made using Red Heart Super Savers yarn. The bunny slippers were made from Mary Maxim yarn which is another worsted weight yarn. I used the same hook and same pattern but you can see the difference. Just goes to show how the slightest change in any element can result in a different pattern. I highly suggest you check the gauge before starting.
Also there is no instep on these slippers. They are both exactly the same. I don't think that an instep is necessary on a toddler slipper. I mean, their feet are usually so chunky there isn't really an insole anyways :) They fit my daughter great.
Ok...on to the pattern!
Floppy Bunny Slippers:
Size: These slippers fit perfectly on my 2 1/2 year old. I would say they could probably fit nicely on most 2t-3t girl's feet.
Gauge: Since this is a pretty quick project, I just measured the finished sole of the slipper and it was 5 inches long and 3 inches wide. If yours is measuring too big or too small I would try changing hook sizes.
Hook size: G
Yarn: Worsted weight, but like I said above, it is best to check the gauge on this project.
Other: 4 buttons for the eyes. Buttons are a choking hazard to children under 3 or children who still chew on stuff. Please use buttons with caution!
To start, chain 14.
Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as your first dc and will continue to count as a dc for the rest of the pattern), 2 dc in 3rd chain from hook.
10 dc down the foundation chain.
In the last stitch, dc 8 going around the end like you see in the pic above.
Now, on the other side dc 10 times down the side.
Dc 3 times in the same space that you have your ch2, 2dc. Join with a slip stitch in the top of the chain 2.
Ch 2, dc in same space, 2 dc in next space, 2 dc in next space (6dc altogether. Ch2 counts as dc). Dc in next 10 ch down the side. 2 dc in next space times 8 (in the pic above I have just finished the first 4 groups of 2dc).
10 dc down the other side. In the same space as your ch2 dc, add 3dc. Don't join yet. I did in the pic above on accident. You will want to switch colors (refer to next pic). You should now have an oval like the pic above. The heel is where you started and the front (with the 8dc) is slightly bigger to fit all those cute little toes.
Join with your white. Ch 2. Dc in next space (make the chains in the front loops of the previous row).
Dc in each space around. There should be 48 dc total (ch 2 still counts as a dc). Join to the top of the ch 2 with a slip stitch.
Ch 2, dc in each of the next 15 spaces. Dc tog (or dc decrease) in next stitch. Repeat dc tog in next 3 spaces as shown above.
Dc in next 16 spaces. Join to the top of the ch 2.
Ch 2 (counts as first dc), dc in each of next 15 spaces. Dc tog 8 times (this means you do 8 dc tog over 16 stitches. The dc tog will reduce the amount of stitches to 8). Dc in each of the next 16 spaces. Join with a slip stitch in the top of the ch 2.
(Forgot to take a pic of this but I think you probably get the it by now) Ch 1, sc in each of the next 15 stitches.
Here is where you will make the nose. Put your hook through both loops (I used both loops for the next 3 spaces. I thought it made the nose look better) of the first dc tog of the previous row.
Join your pink color with a sc.
Hdc in each of the next 2 spaces. Sc in next stitch. Cut off your pink and join back with your white. sc in each of the next 16 spaces. Join to top of ch 1 with a slip stitch.
Ch 1, sc in each of the next 9 spaces. Ch 4 (this is going to be the "strap").
Join to opposite side (17th space from your ch 4) with a slip stitch. Sc in remaining spaces. Join to top of ch 1 with a slip stitch.
Ch 1, sc in each space around. Join to top of ch 1 with a slip stitch.
Floppy Bunny Ears:
Ch 12. Sc in 2nd ch from hook.
Sc in next ch, hdc in each of next 2 spaces, dc in each of next 2 spaces, trc in each of next 5 spaces. (it gets a little confusing here but reference the pic if you get confused) Working in the side of the last trc slip stitch twice.
Working up opposite side, 5 trc, 2 dc, 2 hdc, 2 sc (just like the opposite side). Tie off. Make 4 ears altogether.
Now you can just attach those ears on the top of the outside of the heel. I just securely sewed them on with a scrap piece of yarn and a darning needle. Sew on the eyes (remember, buttons are a choking hazard for children under 3!) securely. I added some dots of puff paint to make these less slippery to wear. We have mostly carpet so we don't have to worry too much. These would be pretty darn slippery on wood floors or other non carpeted areas, so be careful :)
This is the only picture I could manage to get of the slipper on my daughters foot. Believe me they are adorable. She just loves them! She loves a new pair of shoes and to her these are just as good as a shiny new pair of shoes :) I hope they are perfect for your little Easter bunny too!
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