About the pattern
Crocheting your own shoes is easy and fun with this pattern that works up quickly. The construction of the shoe is simple: we’ll start with the toe cap, continue with the shaft, rejoin for the heel, and finally, add faux fur for the finishing touches.
Botties® DIY soles
The Botties® DIY soles, designed by Isabelle and her startup team in Germany, have been on my radar for a while. We crossed paths at an event in 2023 and decided to collaborate.
Botties® are currently offered in two options: Original soles, ideal for outdoor use, and Basic soles, perfect for making indoor slippers. The soles are available in sizes ranging from kids 24 (EU) / 8 (US) up to adult size 46 (EU) / 13 (US).
Botties® DIY soles
Kits containing everything you need are available for the Hugg Botties!
About the yarn
I used Lion Brand Basic Stitch Anti-Microbial Thick & Quick® Yarn, an ideal choice for winter shoes. This Thick & Quick version works up quickly, offers exceptional warmth, and the inclusion of amicor ensures enduring protection against odors, allergens, and bacteria.
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Sizes & Measurements
|Size||US women||US men||EU|
|XXS||5 – 5.5||4 – 5||36 – 37|
|XS||7 – 7.5||5.5 – 6||38|
|S||8 – 8.5||6.5 – 7||39|
|S+||9 – 10||7.5 – 8.5||40 – 41|
|M||10.5 – 11.5||9 – 10||42|
|L||12 – 12.5||10.5 – 11||44|
|XL||13 – 14.5||11.5 – 13||45 – 46|
With a 6mm hook:
12 sc x 14 rows =
4 x 4” / 10 x 10 cm
Stitches & Abbreviations
- st: stitch
- ch: chain
- sl st: slip stitch
- sc: single crochet
- sc flo: single crochet worked in the front loop only
- sc blo: single crochet worked in the back loop only
- sc2tog: single crochet 2 together (decrease)
- **: repeat what is between the asterisks as many times as directed
- < >: amount of stitches you should have at the end of a row
- This pattern is written in US terminology.
- Pattern contains instructions for sizes XXS with size (XS, S, S+) (M, L, XL) in parentheses. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes.
- Use a tight tension. If the shoe feels too loose, use a smaller crochet hook.
- These Botties® are designed to be used with 10mm felt insoles. This raises the foot slightly and provides good support.
Hold the sole in front of you with the toe section facing you. Locate the center front stitch, then move 2 stitches to the right and attach Basic Stitch Thick & Quick yarn. With hook size 6mm:
R1: work a sc in each loop until end of round <68 (70, 72, 74) (76, 78, 80) sc>
Do not turn your work yet.
R2: 1 sc in next 6 st, 1 sl st in next 2 st, turn <6 sc>
Important: Weave in the ends, it will be challenging to do so later.
R3: ch 1, skip 1 sl st, 1 sc in each st across, 1 sl st in next 2 st R1, turn <7 sc>
R4: same as R3 <8 sc>
R5: same as R3 <9 sc>
R6: same as R3 <10 sc>
R7: same as R3 <11 sc>
R8: same as R3 <12 sc>
R9: ch 1, skip 2 sl st, 1 sc in each st across, 1 sl st in next 2 st R1, turn <12 sc>
R10: same as R9 <12 sc>
R11: same as R3 <13 sc>
R12: same as R3 <14 sc>
R13: same as R9 <14 sc>
R14: same as R9 <14 sc>
R15: same as R3 <15 sc>
R16: same as R3 <16 sc>
R17: same as R9 <16 sc>
R18: same as R9 <16 sc>
Sizes XXS/XS: continue with R19.
Sizes S/S+/M: repeat R9 two more times, continue with R19 <16 sc>
Sizes L/XL: repeat R9 four more times, continue with R19 <16 sc>
Short rows – right
There should be 8 sc on both sides. Place a stitch marker in the 9th stitch; this will be the first stitch when working on the other side.
R19: ch 1, skip 1 sl st, 1 sc in next 7 st, sc2tog, turn <8 sc>
R20: ch 1, sc2tog, 1 sc in next 6 st, 1 sl st in next 2 st R1, turn <7 sc>
R21: ch 1, skip 1 sl st, 1 sc in next 6 st, sc2tog, turn <7 sc>
R22: ch 1, sc2tog, 1 sc in next 5 st, 1 sl st in next 2 st R1, turn <6 sc>
R23: ch 1, skip 1 sl st, 1 sc in next 5 st, sc2tog, turn <6 sc>
R24: ch 1, sc2tog, 1 sc in next 4 st <5 sc>
Do not fasten off; we will pick up the yarn later for the heel section.
Short rows – left
Rejoin in the stitch with the stitch marker.
R19: sc2tog, 1 sc in next 6 st, 1 sl st in next 2 st R1, turn <7 sc>
R20: ch 1, skip 1 sl st, 1 sc in next 6 st, sc2tog, turn <7 sc>
R21: ch 1, sc2tog, 1 sc in next 5 st, 1 sl st in next 2 st R1, turn <6 sc>
R22: ch 1, skip 1 sl st, 1 sc in next 5 st, sc2tog <6 sc>
R23: ch 1, sc2tog, 1 sc in next 4 st, 1 sl st in next 2 st R1, turn <5 sc>
R24: ch 1, skip 1 sl st, 1 sc in next 4 st, sc2tog <5 sc> Do not fasten off; we will continue with the shaft section.
R1: ch 1, 6 sc evenly across sides of rows, 1 sc in 2 center stitches, 6 sc evenly across sides of rows, turn <14 sc>
R2: ch 1, 1 sc flo in each st across, turn <14 sc>
R3-R19: ch 1, 1 sc in each st across, turn <14 sc>
Do not fasten off yet.
- If you prefer a shorter version, work the shaft up to R13.
- If you need more room for the lower leg, you can add increases in the first and last stitch of R4, R8, R12, and R16 (or as many as needed).
- You can work the shaft up to R4 and continue with the heel section up to R11, then fit the shoe. This way, if your shoe is too tight, you can make the necessary increases as mentioned above without having to unravel your work.
R2: Pick up yarn from the right short row section and work 1 sc in each st across, 1 sc in the same st as last sl st of the left short row section, turn <20 (22, 20, 22) (24, 22, 24) sc>
R3-R26: ch 1, 1 sc in each st across, turn <20 (22, 20, 22) (24, 22, 24) sc>
End with a sl st in the first stitch of the shaft.
Pick up yarn from the shaft and finish with a sl st in the first stitch of the heel. Fasten off and weave in the ends.
- If you prefer a shorter version, work the heel up to R20.
- After completing R10, attach the top of the Bottie sole to the yarn using thread and a tapestry needle.
Seam up both sides with slip stitches. Start at the bottom and work your way up. Insert the hook in the right front loop first, and then the front loop of the stitch on the left. <25 sl st>
Faux fur details
Optionally, you can add faux fur details to the outside of your shoes.
Using a 6mm hook and Go For Faux yarn, rejoin in the stitch before the side seam and work sc in each stitch around. Continue working down along the side seam with a sl st in the next 10 side seam slip stitches, inserting the hook in the front loop only. Turn your work and go back up by working 10 sl st in the other remaining loops. Then, continue working sc in each stitch around, end with a sl st in the first stitch. Fasten off, weave ends.
For the second shoe, repeat the faux fur steps mentioned above, but on the opposite side.
Finally, sew on the Botties labels wherever you want.